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UK's last horn button manufacturer seeks investment

The one remaining horn button manufacturer in the UK is looking for up to £150,000 investment to help keep the tradition alive.

Grove Pattern Buttons, set up by four businessmen last year, is attempting to revitalise UK horn button production after its precursor James Grove & Sons, which was established in 1857 in Halesowen, West Midlands, fell into administration and ceased trading in December 2012.

Grove Pattern Buttons raised £150,000 from investors last year to continue James Grove & Sons’ heritage, and used the cash to buy machinery and
refurbish a new factory in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter.

The company is now seeking £120,000 to £150,000 to spend on infrastructure such as offices, warehousing and its website.

David Valentine, managing director of Grove Pattern Buttons, said he was seeking one or two investors “who preferably have knowledge of the trade and can add something to the company”.

The manufacturer started producing buttons this month and is in talks to supply Burberry, a former James Grove & Sons customer.

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