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 county’s
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
4. East Lothian
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. We’ve seen a rise in bookings in less
urban areas of the country, and it’s great that this research
highlights the quality businesses founded in more rural counties
such as Norfolk and Aberdeenshire. It’s also fantastic to note
than while there are as you’d 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
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 Queen’s 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 Queen’s 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 Smith’s Christmas
crackers, the cleaning and ironing services of Ferry Laundry
Services and Mitre Linen’s 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. It’s actually a lot easier to ‘live like a royal’
than one might think. Crown Paint, Gordon’s Gin, Schweppes tonic,
Pimm’s, Cadbury’s, Ryvita, Twynings Tea and Hypnos are all
examples of household name businesses which hold a Royal Warrant.
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