Union Jack Flags, Jubilee Celebrations and Flags for the Olympics were all topics of discussion when the Rt. Hon. Cheryl Gillan MP visited Flagmakers, the oldest & foremost manufacturer of Flags in this country, on Friday 27th April. Ms Gillan’s visit was both a fact finding meeting to learn about the challenges facing manufacturers in her constituency and to find out more about this traditional skill which has been kept alive by Flagmakers for many years.
The member of Parliament for Chesham and Amersham, Secretary of State for Wales met with Chairman Jonathan Bramah and Managing Director Chris Deegan as well as taking a tour of the brand new production and design studio facilities which have recently opened at the Higham Rd Premises. Members of staff took the opportunity to demonstrate the many traditional and modern Flag Manufacturing techniques which the company uses to produce many thousands of flags per year. A hot topic of conversation was challenge of finding young trainee sewing machinists who will help skill the company for the next generation. It was acknowledged that manufacturing may not represent an exciting career option for young people entering the workplace but Flagmakers continue to look for young people who see their vocation in sewing to cement the skills of the company for the future. Ms Gillan highlighted initiatives that the Government were introducing to tackle the problems faced by employers in attracting suitable staff, particularly in these times of record youth un-employment.
The original Flagmakers business was Established in 1837 by George Tutill. The company celebrates its 175th anniversary this year and still makes Flags at Higham Road, Chesham. Significant investment in the Company has resulted in a new dawn for the business and it is hoping to benefit from this Summer’s high profile sporting and cultural events.