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Meeting with Royalty for Staffordshire Moorlands successful business, Scabetti

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: July 12, 2014

  • From left to right Frances Bromley, George Bromley, Prince Charles, presenting Ascension

  • From left, Frances Bromley, George Bromley, Prince Charles and Becky White.

  • From left to right Frances Bromley, George Bromley, Prince Charles, Becky White

  • Frances and George Bromley waiting to meet Prince Charles

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The owners of a successful Staffordshire Moorlands business have met with royalty.

Dominic and Frances Bromley of Leek-based Scabetti met the Prince of Wales at the opening of the newly renovated Middleport Ceramics centre in Stoke-on-Trent.

Scabetti is a design studio established by Dominic and Frances Bromley in 1999 and based in Leek.

They specialise in ceramics, sculptures and lighting, mostly made out of bone china.

The meeting with Prince Charles was set up by Becky White from UK Trade and Investment (UKTI), giving six companies the opportunity to present their business and products to the heir to the throne. It meant a lot to Dominic and Frances on a personal level – their business was originally started with the help of the Prince's Trust, and Prince Charles remembered them from it.

The event was also the first UK launch of their new piece Ascension.

It is an idea they have been contemplating for four years, but had intended Dominic's dad and world renowned ceramics sculpture, John Bromley, to sculpt it for them.

Unfortunately John passed away before this was possible, so they had to take on that role.

Frances said: "The fact we were able to share the unveiling of Ascension with Prince Charles was lovely, as for us it is a big step and holds a lot of meaning. So for its first launch in the UK to have been in-front of royalty is very special."

Prince Charles was also said to be impressed with the steel sculpture Scabetti has done in Copenhagen.

Frances said: "It was nice to be able to show him a range of work we do. This meeting also re-enforced the 'made in Britain' aspect to our products which was an added benefit, as it's very important to us that things are local and that we get our materials locally.

"We live in Leek and have three children all in school here; it makes up our life."

In the future, Dominic and Frances hope to further expand. They currently employ five staff.

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