Traditional watch maker Marloe has quit Henley in England for Perth, Scotland because the founders want to stay in the EU.
The Marloe Watch Company was launched in 2105 after kindred spirits Gordon Fraser and Oliver Goffe met on an online watch forum and decided to turn their shared love for heritage timepieces into a business. They discovered their mini renaissance in mechanical watches created huge interest among the public and soon they were catering to growing demand for traditional crafted watches.
The burgeoning brand received £600,000 in crowdfunding last year and saw profits grow 488 per cent between 2015 and 2018.
The new move away from England is part of a planned expansion strategy was swayed by Scotland’s position on remaining in the EU. The company wanted to get into Scotland before it got too hard, according to co-founder Oliver Goffe. “We want our children to grow up in a global world, not one that’s ring fenced,” said Goffe.
Though Scotland doesn’t necessarily have a brand image that’s better than England, Goffe said, it does have geographies and locations that resonate with the brand and its direction. “We are all about adventure; seeking it out and enjoying the open world, and through the shared pursuit of adventure connect with people of all backgrounds, origins and mindsets,” said Goffe.
While I’m sure we all wish them well in this venture – they do create beautiful watches – I’m not sure about the parting shots.
At the time of going to press, both Scotland and England were in Europe, no markets were ring fenced and the world remains global. The government has announced no plans to block any backgrounds, origins or mindsets.
Nice looking watch, but I didn’t see any precision engineering shots?
Does this mean Scotland cares less about time, was this watch designed for our Spanish EU friends 😉
I’m not sure.
I wish them well, but I don’t know why they had to introduce a Brexit angle. Seems a bit divisive.
P.S. ‘Oliver’ is a traditional Scots cry on the morning after Hogmanay.
Thanks Rolf. What does it mean though? Is it something to do with ordering another drink. “Oliver Nother One”? or something like that?
Also, my previous comment – don’t know what happened to it – pointed out that the name ‘Gordon Fraser’ might be relevant to the decision to move to Scotland. Though I suppose they didn’t want their exports to well-heeled Eurocrats to fall foul of possible future trade restrictions.
Rolf, I probably missed your previous comment. Sorry. That was my fault. The company seemed perfectly nice and I wish them well.
It was the bit in their statement that hinting that we as a nation are going to be small minded little Englanders that disappointed me. Why try so hard to make beautiful looking luxury items, then make digs about the audience you’re addressing. Seems an odd way of doing business