Sheffield giftware firm to supply shops in House of Commons

Paul Blomfield MP with Diana Christou, head of retail development and  buying at the House of Commons.
Paul Blomfield MP with Diana Christou, head of retail development and buying at the House of Commons.
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A historic Sheffield-based cutlery and giftware maker is to supply gift shops in the House of Commons.

Chimo Holdings, which traces its origins to 1750, mixes traditional craftsmanship with modern technology to produce handcrafted cutlery, silver and giftware, which will now be sold in gift shops in Westminster.

Sheffield Central MP Paul Blomfield, who has visited the company, based in White Rose Works, Eyre Lane, twice in the last year, was there when Chimo’s products were put on show outside the House of Commons Shop as part of a preview of the Christmas range.

Chimo’s products have pride of place in one of the main corridors in Parliament, which is passed by hundreds of MPs, ministers, lords, their staff and visitors every day.

Chris Hudson, team principal at Chimo Holdings, said the firm’s products were already proving popular.

He added: “We are highly delighted to be supplying the House of Commons gift shops with this bespoke range of high quality giftware all ‘Made in Sheffield’.

“The response so far has been very positive and we sincerely appreciate the support we have received from our local MP Paul Blomfield in promoting these Sheffield made products amongst his colleagues.”

Mr Blomfield said he was looking forward to seeing the company’s products in the shop and added: “Sheffield is famous for our craftsmanship and I’m delighted that everyone who visits Parliament will get the chance to buy the fine Sheffield products that are on sale.

“Chimo are a great company and I was delighted to be there for the launch of their range at the House of Commons gift shop and I’m going back soon to do some Christmas shopping.”