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Mon, 31 August 2020

By Royal Appointment: Aberdeenshire Has Most Royal Warrants in UK

New research conducted by the popular budget hotel chain Premier Inn has revealed which of the UK counties has the highest concentration of businesses with a coveted Royal Warrant.

The research analysed the addresses of 723 companies awarded a Royal Warrant to work out where in the UK has the highest density of royal business (relative to the countys population size).

The study shows that Aberdeenshire and Norfolk are the counties in the UK with the highest concentration of companies who have the royal seal of approval.

Counties with the highest concentration of royal companies:

Premier Inn Aberdeen North Bridge of Don. Click to enlarge.

1. Aberdeenshire
2. Norfolk
3. Glamorgan
4. East Lothian
5. Berkshire
6. Buckinghamshire
7. Angus
8. Leicestershire
9. Lanarkshire
10. Argyll
11. Greater London
12. Cambridgeshire
13. Wiltshire
14. Dyfed
15. Hertfordshire

Premier Inn uses Hypnos, a Royal Warrant holder, as its exclusive mattress supplier.

We are proud our Hypnos mattresses are exclusively supplied by a Royal Warrant holder and it got us to thinking about all the products used by the royal household, said a spokesperson from Premier Inn. The findings really highlight the fantastic businesses that are located all across the UK, not just in the major cities. Weve seen a rise in bookings in less urban areas of the country, and its great that this research highlights the quality businesses founded in more rural counties such as Norfolk and Aberdeenshire. Its also fantastic to note than while there are as youd expect many high-end luxury items which enjoy the royal seal of approval, many more every day items you might find in your own home also enjoy the prestigious recognition.

Aberdeenshire is home to 29 companies that have a total of 35 Royal Warrants granted to them from either HRH The Prince of Wales or HM The Queen and is home to the Balmoral, one of Her Majesty The Queens private residences. The companies vary from outdoor clothing store Braemer Mountain Sports, to organic butchery Wark Farm, and Cockers who supply award winning roses.

Norfolk, home to the Sandringham Estate, Her Majesty The Queens country retreat, has 44 companies boasting a royal seal (but with a population nearly three times as big as Aberdeenshire it comes second in the list). Royal Warrants have been granted to Norfolk-based companies such as Darby Nurseries for their garden plants, George Goddard Ltd for tailoring, Magpie Locksmiths for security services and Sandringham Apple Juice which is served at Buckingham Palace and Holyrood.

With a relatively small population, Glamorgan comes third with six royally approved companies coming from the 130,000 strong county. These include Tom Smiths Christmas crackers, the cleaning and ironing services of Ferry Laundry Services and Mitre Linens bedding, towels and table linen.

East Lothian makes it into the top five as, despite a small population, it has four royally approved businesses, including the florists Judy Reid Flowers and bespoke curtain maker and furnishings consultant Allan Coggin.

Berkshire has 37 Royal Warrants distributed amongst 33 of its businesses. The royal household uses the catering services of Brown Bag Cafe, the roofing services of P.Webb and of course products from Waitrose.

There are some well-known brands that many British nationals may use every day without knowing that they are Royal Warrant holders. Its actually a lot easier to live like a royal than one might think. Crown Paint, Gordons Gin, Schweppes tonic, Pimms, Cadburys, Ryvita, Twynings Tea and Hypnos are all examples of household name businesses which hold a Royal Warrant.

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