Last weekend the Prime Minister and his family visited German Chancellor Angela Merkel at Schloss Meseberg, the rural retreat used by German chancellors to entertain world leaders. The visit was an opportunity for David Cameron to present the German Chancellor with a gift of British-made pottery for her home.
The tea set given to Mrs Merkel was in Denby’s ‘Halo’ design. Denby has enjoyed export success in Germany, with Denby’s tea pots being particularly popular with German consumers.
Denby managing director Garry Biggs said: “We’re delighted that the Prime Minister chose a set of Denby to be his gift to Mrs Merkel. We hope this gift helps support our export drive in Germany and the German Chancellor enjoys using her tea set for years to come.”
Denby products have been made in Derbyshire since 1809. Made of Derbyshire clay, many of the ranges are still hand-decorated. Denby is one of Britain’s largest pottery manufacturers employing nearly 500 people and achieving sales in 2012 of over £40 million. In an average week, the Denby Pottery produces around 100,000 pieces of stoneware.