Thursday, 11 July 2013

New company video Baker & Finnemore Ltd

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RvgXBlCKvfw
New company video Baker & Finnemore Ltd
Starlock® Starpress™

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Baker & Finnemore Fire

No one was injured thank goodness

We have been manufacturing for over 160 years and we have been bombed during the war and had a few fires, we intend to be around for a long time to come.

The Fire Brigade were really quick and all our emergency plans worked.
The works are in full production this morning.

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Friday, 3 May 2013

Baker & Finnemore News

Baker & Finnemore News

Two key members of the Baker & Finnemore are Paul Watkins-Burke, and Ian Styles, both of them joining the company approximately 5 years ago.

Paul's responsibilities include purchasing, IT, production planning and general site management. He consistently took the initiative and immersed himself in almost all processes at Baker & Finnemore and successfully reduced costs, improved productivity and visibility to the production process and brought Baker & Finnemore's computer systems into the 21st century. Starting as Purchasing Manager, Paul has now been promoted to Operations Manager to more accurately reflect the wide range of tasks he takes on board.

Ian Styles joined the company as a young enthusiastic sales clerk with ambition, an open mind and a willingness to learn. Having only two years’ experience in a sales position, Ian had his work cut out to learn Baker & Finnemore's extensive product range and how the company produces this range, however what was lacked in experience was more than made up for in initiative and Ian quickly gained a 'no nonsense' reputation where customer service comes first. Now promoted to Sales Manager continues to run this department with this customer orientated attitude, and continues to gain experience and a disciplined knowledge of all business aspects by furthering his education to Degree Level.

Starlock

Friday, 23 November 2012

Baker & Finnemore Ltd Distribution Notice



Baker & Finnemore Ltd Distribution Notice

From 2 January 2013 the long standing Distribution Agreement between Baker & Finnemore and BV Pressmetaal covering sales to the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg, Denmark, Finland, France, Norway, Portugal, Sweden, Spain and Switzerland will come to end.
BVP Pressmetaal will not be able to purchase or distribute Starlock® products, nor any other similar fasteners, capped or uncapped from
2 January 2013.
 It is our intention to ensure that all the Distributors and their customers currently served through BV Pressmetaal will have the minimum disruption. We are working with BV Pressmetaal to achieve a smooth transfer to the new Distribution Network..
Any queries should be sent to our Internal Sales Manager IanStyles@Bakfin.com.
Full details of the Baker & Finnemore Distribution Network will be available on this website from 2 January 2013.



Friday, 2 November 2012

Baker and Finnemore Limited (home of the Starlock® Push on Fasteners)

From 1849 to the Present Day

Baker and Finnemore Limited (home of the Starlock® Push on Fasteners)
Baker and Finnemore began as a pen manufacturer named "Wagner Steel Pens" owned by German industrialist Charles Wagner in 1849 on the site of 1 James Street near St Paul's Square.
At this time Birmingham led the world in the manufacture of Steel pen nibs and Wagner chose Daniel Baker and Joseph Finnemore to help him in establishing the company. Finnemore was a toolmaker and son of clergyman William Finnemore, who had learned his toolmaking trade under George Wells of Hinks-Wells a major Pen supplier in the 1840's. He had patented several machines to improve the manufacture of steel pens while at Hinks-Wells. When he left Hinks-Wells he attempted to open his own pen manufacture with Joseph Evans in 1845 as partners in Evans and Finnemore; however, this was unsuccessful and he subsequently became works manager at Wagner Pens in November 1850.
Daniel Baker began work as a warehouseman alongside Finnemore at Hinks-Wells in 1839. In 1841 he worked for J. A. Chatwin (Pin Manufacturers) and in 1849 worked for Wagner Steel Pens as an accountant.
Wagner subsequently wished to go into hardware manufacture, so Baker and Finnemore bought out Wagner, changed the name to Baker and Finnemore and began to produce pens for themselves in James Street.
Wagner eventually became a Director of the Joint Stock Bank in Birmingham, which later became part of Lloyds Bank.
In his spare time, Finnemore became a Weslyan preacher at Finch Road, Handsworth while he worked full time in the business.
Baker became a Finance Director at the St Phillips Building Society (later part of Birmingham Midshires) as well as Chairman of the Local Board of Balsall Heath PDC. He held atheist views and became The National Secular Society Vice President.
Baker and Finnemore prospered into one of the top Pen Manufacturers in the World with 105 workers.
Finnemore died in 1874 of a heart attack. Baker continued the business under the stewardship of Joseph Barnwell his Great Nephew as Works Manager. Baker purchased Finnemore's share holding for £1250. Upon Baker's death in 1897 Joseph Barnwell assumed full ownership. When Joseph Barnwell's died in 1910 the company was valued at £7500(roughly £500000 in today's money).
He passed the business on to his sons, Leslie and Arthur Barnwell, who bought the premises of 199 Newhall Street in 1911 and incorporated Baker & Finnemore as a Limited Company.
Arthur bought out Leslie just before the Second World War and brought in new people such as Tom Sadler and George Griffiths to run the company. He died in 1953 passing control on to his son, Edward Barnwell, and Tom Sadler.
It was around this time that Sales Manager Wilfred Sharman developed Starlock® washers which proved so popular they surpassed Pen nibs and pressings as the main manufacture.
1964 saw the start of Starlocks® being sold all over Europe.
Edward Barnwell died in 1971 passing control on to John Barnwell who ran the company throughout the 1980's and 1990's until there was an MBO in 1996. Derek Sharp (who was Barnwell's works Director) now assuming the Managing Directors role.
In July 2012 German based Gebr. Titgemeyer of Osnabruck, one of Baker & Finnemore's oldest European customers, purchased all shares in the Company. Just as it was in 1850 at the start, Baker & Finnemore has now come back into German ownership.

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Baker & Finnemore Ltd Press Release

Baker & Finnemore Ltd Press Release

The Directors of Gebruder Titgemeyer Beteiligungsgesellshaft (Titgemeyer) are delighted to announce that they have completed the purchase of Baker and Finnemore (Bakfin™).
Titgemeyer is a family owned group of companies based in Osnabruck in Germany. This purchase increases their commitment to UK manufacturing and is complementary to their existing company based in Tipton (Titgemeyer U.K).
Bakfin™, based in Newhall Street in Birmingham, are best known as the manufacturers of the Starlock® spring steel fastener and other specialised pressings. Like Titgemeyer they are over 110 years old and have been a supplier to Titgemeyer since the 1960’s.
Manfred Titgemeyer told the workforce at Bakfin™ that the Company would continue to trade as an independent Company within the Titgemeyer Group under the name of Baker and Finnemore, based here in Birmingham. The intention is to support and grow their new acquisition.  With the strength of the multi-national Titgemeyer Group behind it there will be every opportunity to expand export sales beyond the already impressive 50% of production.
David Harrison has taken over as Managing Director. He has many years’ experience of the Fastener Industry, having previously been Managing Director of Titgemeyer (UK) and of Lintite Systems within the Linread Group.
Further details about the companies can be found at www.titgemeyer.de and www.bakfin.com
DG Harrison
August 2012
Baker & Finnemore Ltd
199 Newhall St
Birmingham B3  1SN