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Cutlery firm forced to shut for first time in 118-year history

By John Corser | Lichfield | Business | Published:

Historic family cutlery firm Arthur Price has temporarily closed during the Covid-19 crisis.

Arthur Price made cutlery for the Titanic

It had already closed its Lichfield factory shop last week due to worries over social distancing and now chief executive Simon Price has closed its Birmingham and Sheffield factories and Lichfield headquarters.

“After the decision by the Prime Minister to restrict movement we immediately closed our two factories and administrative headquarters temporarily having closed the factory shop in Lichfield last week.

“I’d like to thank every single member of the team for working with me during these difficult days, everyone has been brilliant; thoughtful and considerate of other staff, suppliers and customers and I thank them during this unprecedented worldwide crisis," said Mr Price

“We stayed open even during the two World Wars, survived the great depression but this situation is different, and I pray for everyone that they stay fit and healthy.

“Please if you can support local independent businesses who are still able to open and are providing essential services while of course following social distancing advice.

“Everyone please stay at home. We may come back a slightly different society, but we will prevail. I am convinced with the measures that we take now we will beat this terrible virus," he added.

John Corser

By John Corser
Business Reporter - @JohnCorser_Star

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