Inkerman’s Kiki Gregson on Covid-19, the buzz of British heritage and Willie Mullins’ trailer of trophies
Inkerman was started as a corporate gift company in 1996. We had a brilliant first decade, doubling turnover year on year, then came the financial crash of 2008. The Covid-19 situation has been reminiscent of that because again, overnight, orders stopped.
In 2008, we thought it was the end of the world, but corporate entertainment budgets came back via sponsorship, of events such as the Epsom Derby and the Grand National. That was amazing for us; we went to our old clients and said, “If you’re sponsoring an event, you’ll need trophies, medals and sponsors’ gifts.” They said “yes please”. So we started making trophies, as well as launching our personal present business.
In the early days we got in the car and visited British workshops including pewterers, silversmiths, goldsmiths, leathersmiths and glass-makers; we still work with many of them.