Royal Warrant Holder – Food fit for a Queen
Becoming a Royal Warrant Holder is not an honour that is graced upon all food suppliers! It takes extra special care and attention to ensure our seafare is food that’s fit for a Queen! But not just any Queen, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has been enjoying our catch for over 5 years. But just what is a Royal Warrant and how do you get one?
A Royal Warrant
A Royal Warrant of Appointment is a mark of recognition granted to those who have supplied goods or services to the Households of Her Majesty (HM) The Queen, His Royal Highness (HRH) The Duke of Edinburgh or HRH The Prince of Wales for at least five years, and who have an ongoing trading arrangement.
The Monarch is the only person that may decide who may grant A Royal Warrant. Those currently holding positions to grant a Royal Warrant are; HM The Queen, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh and HRH The Prince of Wales.
The Royal Warrant is a document appointing the company in its trading capacity. It is granted to a named individual, known as the Grantee. The Warrant gives the Grantee permission and responsibility for the display of the relevant Royal Arms in connection with the business.
Today there are around 800 Royal Warrant holders representing a huge cross-section of trade and industry. From individual craftspeople to global multi-nationals. These organisations are united by a commitment to the highest standards of service, quality and excellence.
The Royal Warrant can be traced back to medieval times when competition for Royal favour was intense and the Monarch had the pick of the country’s best tradespeople. By the 15th century, the Lord Chamberlain, as head of the Royal Household, formally appointed tradespeople with a Royal Warrant of Appointment – a practice that continues to this day. In the 18th century, a Royal Warrant Holder could display the Royal Arms on their premises and stationery.