Sheffield-based hand tools brand Footprint has restarted production at its Sedgley Road site in Owlerton, Sheffield under the name Footprint Sheffield, the former holding company of Footprint Tools.
The Jewitt family, who have owned the brand since 1948, has secured the brand and intellectual property.
Managing director Christopher Jewitt told DIYWeek: “As of October 1, Footprint Sheffield Ltd, the former holding company of Footprint Tools commenced operations, producing a limited portfolio of products from the old Footprint Tools range. At this point they consist of the iconic tools – the Footprint Wrench, both thumbturn and original 698, together with the Builder’s line pin. Then in the New Year we’ll be looking at other products to bring on line – but it will be a limited range.”
Footprint Tools entered voluntary liquidation in May after the recession and the credit crunch hit the business at the worst possible time – just as it was moving to brand new, purpose-built premises. Speaking at the time Jewitt explained the decision to enter a state of solvent liquidation, saying the company wanted to go honourably, ensure creditors were paid and conduct a “dignified exit”.
“As a family we’re absolutely delighted,” he said. “The brand that has been in the ownership of our family since 1948, and in existence since 1875 will not disappear. We’re able to continue and to offer employment for anything up to a dozen former employees of Footprint Tools.”