MP Nick Boles learns about his British watch

MP Nick Boles inspects an entirely British made watch, The Robin, with Robert Loomes at his Stamford shop

MP Nick Boles inspects an entirely British made watch, The Robin, with Robert Loomes at his Stamford shop

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AN MP paid a visit to a Stamford watchmaker to learn about his all-British watch.

Mr Boles, MP for Stamford and Grantham, visited Robert Loomes in St Mary’s Hill on Friday last week.

The family-run business can trace its roots back to Thomas Loomes, one of London’s finest watchmakers in the 1650s and began making its own watches in Stamford in 1998.

Its latest watch, The Robin, has just been awarded the Made in Britain logo.

The Robin is the first completely British manufactured watch in 40 years, with each of its components made by 15 different British companies before being assembled in the workshops of the St Mary’s Hill shop.

Each wristwatch costs £4,650 and takes about a week to assemble.

Mr Boles said: “It is great to have manufacturing back in Stamford. That is exactly what we want to see.”

“It is exactly what should be happening in Stamford. Of all the places that should support a specialised, hand crafted product it is here.”

Mr Loomes said: “The last two years have been working towards this, with every bit made in Britain.

“We have been almost obsessive about it.”

“I am terribly pleased the made in Britain logo applies to what we are doing here.”