A Real British Gift, Trophy and Award Company

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Inkerman started life in a flat on Inkerman Terrace in Kensington with a laptop and a phone. The aim was to build a British gift brand providing British made products designed and made in family run workshops throughout the UK .  Now in its 22nd year, the company has grown considerably delivering luxury gifts, trophies and awards worldwide and remains true to its original values still working with many of the original workshops of the early days. Many products are made exclusively for Inkerman so you won’t find them on the high street or online.

Founded in 1996 by Louise Eadie and Kiki Grigson, (ex Tiffany & Co) both held a wealth of knowledge of the luxury gift market and saw an opportunity for a new British brand offering high quality, British gifts, trophies and awards.  Having started primarily working with corporate clients it wasn’t long before Inkerman had a strong private following and the company evolved into a well known brand for luxury gifts.

The company works to high standards with impeccable attention to detail and excellent customer service, often exceeding customer expectations.

Since the launch in 1996 Kiki and Louise have managed the business whilst both marrying and having three children “We have juggled over the years; there have been times when the work life balance works well and times when it goes pear-shaped.  It feels good right now”.     

Inkerman strongly supports women returning to work and 70% of the staff are working mothers, working flexible hours. Over the past 20 years Inkerman have given work experience to over 50 young people and they make a point of employing those without degree educations.  

Inkerman works with many Charities, often donating a percentage of sales back to the charities as well as supporting charity events with gifts and prizes. Usually there is a personal connection for supporting the chosen charities.

Inkerman's ethos…

The key to giving the perfect gift is finding something that is personal, a product of high quality and craftsmanship, something that can be carefully personalised and that is beautifully wrapped and presented.  They believe “beautiful things should be used and loved every day, not kept for best”. 

 


MEET THE TEAM

Kiki Grigson

Founder and Director    Email: kiki@inkerman.co.uk

Mark Morgan

Sales Consultant          Email: mark@inkerman.co.uk

Sally Hindley

Sales Consultant          Email: sally@inkerman.co.uk

Angela Moore

Private Sales               Email: angela@inkerman.co.uk
Harriet Mason-Pearson

Sales Associate           Email: harriet@inkerman.co.uk

Sara-Jane Wrightson

 PR and Marketing       Email: sj@inkerman.co.uk

Caroline White

 Finance Manager        Email: finance@inkerman.co.uk

Sammie Lewis

 Wrap and Despatch    Email: stock@inkerman.co.uk

Harriet Norman-Reade

 Design and Marketing Email: design@inkerman.co.uk

OUR OFFICE & SHOWROOM

The Inkerman offices & showroom are based in the castellated walled building at Sham Farm on the Eridge Park Estate.

Eridge Park is steeped in history, being reputedly the oldest enclosed Deer Park in England. It is listed in the Doomsday Book under the name of Reredfelle when it was owned by Odo, the brother of William the Conqueror.

The Nevill family inherited the Estate in 1448 and has been here for over 500 years. Henry VIII often hunted in Eridge Park and Queen Elizabeth I spent six days here in 1573. At that time there was a flourishing iron foundry on the Estate, with a series of mill ponds being created to provide a good supply of water to power the forge.

In 1787 Henry Nevill, the 2nd Earl of Abergavenny, began building Eridge Castle in exuberant Gothic, a style made fashionable at the time by the author Horace Walpole with his redevelopment of his London home, Strawberry Hill House.  In the following years the landscape was enhanced by opening up vistas, walks and carriage drives, the construction of follies (most notable Saxonbury Tower and the castellated wall at Sham Farm) and the rebuilding of old workers’ cottages in ornate Estate style.

In the late 1800s the Prince of Wales was a frequent visitor at Eridge shooting parties, as was the Conservative party leader and Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli who, it is said, came here for the venison and strawberries.

In the late 1930s the Castle was demolished and the current Georgian-style mansion house was built, which is now the home of the 6th Marquess of Abergavenny and his family. The house and formal gardens still enjoy stunning and peaceful views over the breathtaking park.

 

BESPOKE

Inkerman has many years of experience in crafting the finest bespoke silverware, pewter and crystal, turning designs into reality and enabling our customers to design the perfect gift, tailored to the individual or brand. Inkerman works with a long list of distinguished clients,  many of them loyal customers for many years and prides themselves on customer service.

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TROPHIES AND AWARDS

With over 20 years’ experience Inkerman is an expert trophy maker specialising in bespoke elite trophies, awards and medals. Responsible for some of the world’s most famous sporting trophies and awards; including for The Grand National, Royal London Cricket, The Epsom Derby, Ladies Hockey, The FA and many more.

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CORPORATE GIFTS

Inkerman’s corporate gift service is built on over 20 years of experience and expertise.  Consultants know their product and are extremely knowledgeable about what gifts suit which occasion, culture or event.  Providing a range of luxury travel and office accessories, through to a selection of cufflinks, leatherware & barware Inkerman's full range of luxury corporate gifts are ideal for men or women and suit any budget.

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HOMEWARE AND GIFTS

Inkerman offers a wide selection of homeware for every occasion; for men or women, for anniversaries, wedding gifts, Christmas, christenings and birthday gifts. A range of luxury leather items from wallets to clutches, jewellery to cufflink boxes. Our homeware collection includes silver, glass, crystal,  leather and modern gifts.  Many items can be personalised.   All gifts come beautifully packaged in our red ribboned boxes with a gift card and delivered to your door.

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