MP visits Peak success story

Chris Sellors, Patrick McLoughlin and Diane Sellors at the Derbyshire Blue John Stone Selection Station in the Stone workshop. Photo contributed.
Chris Sellors, Patrick McLoughlin and Diane Sellors at the Derbyshire Blue John Stone Selection Station in the Stone workshop. Photo contributed.

FOR THE thousands of people who live, visit and work in the Peak District, many will be familiar with the Blue John gemstone and its Castleton source at the Treak Cliff Cavern.

But what people may not be so familiar with is the foundation it has provided for one Derbyshire family business success story, which continues to grow from strength to strength, and has attracted the attention of Derbyshire Dales MP and Conservative Chief Whip, Rt Hon Patrick McLoughlin.

Initially supplying handcrafted product for a small number of Derbyshire jewellers using the locally-sourced Blue John, CW Sellors has spent over 30 years expanding and investing in its manufacturing and retail operations to not only become an important part of the local economy, but play an influential role in the national jewellery industry through its design foresight and innovation.

On top of many national accolades and achievements the company continues to enjoy, CW Sellors was recently awarded runners-up in the 2011 Midlands Family Business Awards ‘Business of the Year’ category.

In finding out what continues to positively drive forward the business in the most turbulent of economic times, Mr McLoughlin visited CW Sellors’ Ashbourne workshop to meet some of their 80-strong workforce and experience first-hand a thriving manufacturing and retail environment which, through a combination of continued investment and a dedication to customer satisfaction, has all the vision for exciting future development.

Managing Director and business owner, Chris Sellors, commented: “It was a pleasure to welcome Mr McLoughlin to our workshop and be able to show him first-hand what we do and how British manufacturing and job opportunities are alive and kicking in the local area.”