SPOTLIGHT: Aldershaw Handmade Tiles
Aldershaw is a traditional tile makers, based near Sedlescombe in Sussex. Using Wadhurst clay dug from their own pit, they use craft techniques passed down the generations to create exceptional roof and floor ceramics with a warmth and tone unique to the Weald of Kent and Sussex. A traditional craft factory operating ‘off-grid’, energy efficiency and sustainability really matters, as does their locally focussed business model, Aldershaw’s tiles have been used for over 20 years in the conservation of many prestigious buildings from Hampton Court Palace to a range of National Trust Estates. Run by owner and tile maker, and Sussex Heritage person of the year, Anthony Kindell.
Bid-writing support and mentoring by always possible helped Anthony apply for and secure capital funding to replace ageing kiln equipment. Aldershaw told a great growth story in their bid that showed benefits for East Sussex and also made perfect sense in terms of their own purpose to deliver high quality, low-waste crafted materials. The grant funding led to upgrades that reduce energy consumption with fewer leaks and better insulation, and reduce waste, putting Aldershaw on a good footing for the next 20 years.
Catching up with Aldershaw at the end of 2022, it’s been excellent to see them invest their growth in skills and future talent. They’ve taken part in the ‘Kickstarter’ programme, welcoming 3 young workers into the team as trainee tile makers. We’re delighted to see a small business for whom passion within the team really matters make the most of that programme. Anthony tells us they have retained 2 of these trainees as full members of staff once they completed their training.
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