Freedom of the Cutlers Company in Hallamshire by Rebecca Joselyn Nick was born and raised in Sheffield, a proud Yorkshireman. He was educated at Elizabeth College in Guernsey, Channel Islands and Sheffield Polytechnic (Diploma of Management Studies). Starting his working life with GKN Ltd in Birmingham and Cardiff, he then joined his family engineering business in Sheffield on the shop floor and worked his way up to Works Director, with works in Walsall and Sheffield. A family fall out in 1993 saw him move to GT Tubes Ltd, a manufacturer of steel structural hollow section, as General Manager. He became Managing Director on their acquisition by Australian National Industries Pty (ANI) which had sister plants in Brisbane and Chicago and head quartered in Sydney. In 1998, international company politics, excessive travel and the likelihood and subsequent acquisition by Smorgon Steel, saw him leave to acquire his own engineering business and to form the SMP Group of Companies – a diverse group of small metal finishing and manufacturing companies in Sheffield. Now semi-retired, he still maintains his interest in steel and manufacturing as a “Little Mester”, manufacturing a select few products, including the ubiquitous stainless steel “Presto Egg Opener” (The only way to cut the top off a raw or boiled egg), first produced by John Watts Ltd, a Sheffield company going back to 1765. He spent many years in the Territorial Army, commanding 75 Engineer Regiment between 1992/5 and completing his TA career as Deputy Commander 42 (North West) Brigade in the rank of Colonel. Currently maintaining his links with the Reserve Forces as Chairman of the North West of England and Isle of Man Reserve Forces and Cadet Association. He is also National President of St John Ambulance He lives in the Peak District of Derbyshire and is married to Susie, with three grown up children. His interests are split between the summer when he can be found or rather heard as a commentator at Horse Trials throughout England and winter when, having given up active refereeing, he is a Rugby Union referee advisor and assessor. He is also a keen supporter of all country sports. September 2019.

Workshop News

Hi everyone, this is the page where I am will update you all on my news and stories of my life as a Sheffield Silversmith. I regularly write blog posts which are published below.

I recently received Freedom of the Cutlers Company in Hallamshire in Sheffield and I have just recently collected my Certificate from the Master Cutler and the Wardens. I have added this to my Freedom of the City of London which I was awarded back in 2018. There is now a new blog post below talking about my experience. I am really proud to have these accolades alongside Captain Tom Moore and Nelson Mandela to name a few.

During the Covid lockdowns we have been busy updating our website and trying to figure out how to get more from my online presence. My life as a Sheffield Silversmith has never had so much time sat down in front of a computer. I have swapped my hammers for a laptop!

I have also been busy creating new Silverware and Silver and Gold Jewellery pieces and have several new designs in stock for 2021. The best way to see my new bespoke Silverware and Silver and Gold Jewellery is to subscribe to my mailing list. Just quickly put you email address in at the bottom of the page.

All of my news and events information goes out on by email via Mail Chimp which I try to send out a not too regular intervals. It is the best and easiest way to keep track of the shows and events I will be attending.

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Lots of Love,

Rebecca, Stanley and Jesse J.

Life as a Silversmith’s Pooch

Life as a Silversmith’s Pooch

Hi, I’m Stanley the Sheffield Silversmith's dog. I spend most of my days walking to the workshop in Sheffield with my Silversmith Rebecca. I wanted to give you a little insight into my life as a Silversmiths Dog. My life is p'awsome. The walk to work is great. It...

Workshop News 2020

Workshop News 2020

Hi Everyone, Welcome to the new and improved website from Rebecca. One thing that 'Lockdown' has done is allowed us to make many small improvements to the website. www.designsinsilver.co.uk. Its now a full E-commerce functionality, lots of new videos and up to date...