We were delighted to welcome The Master Cutler, Nicholas D O Williams, to Diamond recently and deliver a tour of our award-winning operational facility in Darnall, Sheffield.
Commenting on Nicholas’s visit, Marian Pink, finance and business manager at Diamond, said: “It was a real pleasure to facilitate a visit to Diamond for The Master Cutler. As a key ambassador for manufacturing and engineering in the Sheffield City Region, he was very interested in our operation and also congratulated us on our recent Queen’s Award for Enterprise win.”
Nicholas is no stranger to manufacturing in Sheffield. He started his working life with GKN Ltd in Birmingham and Cardiff, he then joined his family engineering business in Sheffield on the shop floor and worked his way up to Works Director, with works in Walsall and Sheffield.
A family fall out in 1993 saw him move to GT Tubes Ltd, a manufacturer of steel structural hollow section, as General Manager. He became Managing Director on their acquisition by Australian National Industries Pty (ANI) which had sister plants in Brisbane and Chicago and head quartered in Sydney.
In 1998, international company politics, excessive travel and the likelihood and subsequent acquisition by Smorgon Steel, saw him leave to acquire his own engineering business and to form the SMP Group of Companies – a diverse group of small metal finishing and manufacturing companies in Sheffield.
Now semi-retired, he still maintains his interest in steel and manufacturing as a “Little Mester”, manufacturing a select few products, including the ubiquitous stainless steel “Presto Egg Opener” (The only way to cut the top off a raw or boiled egg), first produced by John Watts Ltd, a Sheffield company going back to 1765.