|Why Choose Ballantynes of Walkerburn |
Ballantynes of Walkerburn are now recognised as the major figurine manufacturing company in the United Kingdom with a range that is second to none. Our work is of the finest quality and each figurine is individually hand made by skilled craftsmen and women in the Scottish Borders. With many years of experience we are a very capable team and take on the most complicated of jobs with relish.
In this very conservative field we have used the Managing Director's unique first hand experience of regular army military service in the Parachute Regiment to build our reputation on accuracy and quality. We have great affinity with our customers and therefore good service is also crucially important to us, as is fairness in all matters. We also strive to ensure that our customers get the best possible deal with consignment rates for shipping and bulk order discounts.
With this bold approach, we have overhauled the smaller 'garage' sized businesses to become the major supplier of presentation figurines to the various Units, Brigades, Museums and Charities of the British Army and Fire Service across the country. Over the years we have worked for, and with, almost all of the Regiments, Arms and Corps of the British army. Our reference material is first class and all our regimental designs are subjected to close scrutiny before production.
The company maintains a full in-house sculpting schedule to keep up with the demands of our varied customers needs and we are pleased to make figurines for both serving and ex-members of the services. The range is constantly expanding and with our extensive range to work from, we are now able to meet the individual demands of specific customer groups and interests. This strength enables us to produce wonderful sculptures that have never even been considered by anyone in the past.
|Ballantynes of Walkerburn's History |
2012 Update. - During the last 2 years the company has expanded rapidly with its collections of Sculptures, Crystal and Bottles. In the coming months we are considering whether we can set up a distribution base in the USA help our many US and Canadian customers with their shipping and supply times. If we do decide to go we are looking at Beaufort in South Carolina as our hub.
In 1989 the founder of the company (Neil Ballantyne) left the British Army (where he had been serving as a Captain in the Parachute Regiment) and undertook the task of fundraising for 'Para 90', which commemorated the 50th anniversary of the founding of the British Airborne Forces.
One of the commemorative designs was a bronze figurine of a Modern British Paratrooper. Due to supply problems, and the popularity of the design, orders for the figurine were soon backing up alarmingly. Having exhausted other potential manufacturers, it became clear someone had to learn the skills required to actually make the figurines to meet the immediate demand.
During the summer months of 1990 Neil mastered how to make the molds and the basics of manufacture. By Christmas he had caught up with the orders and organised a small production unit capable of making first class products.
Neil realised that there was a long-term market for high quality designs and with his wife Michelle, set about founding a company. In January 1991, 'Ballantynes of Walkerburn Ltd' was incorporated, with the goal of making hand crafted, high quality, presentation items, particularly for the armed forces.
By the end of 1994 Ballantynes figurines were firmly established within the British armed forces, and the collection of Bagpipers had attracted the interest of a number of quality gift shops who appreciated our product's potential as a 'desirable' collectable.
The company is now over twenty year old and we've steadily expanded our range, whilst remaining true to our core values. We now design collections of exclusive figurines encompassing many areas of interest and are proud to see our designs being collected worldwide.
We are located in the Scottish Borders 30 miles south of Edinburgh in the small village of Walkerburn. We occupy an old historic textile mill on the banks of the River Tweed, a truly beautiful and tranquil setting in which to work
Ballantynes of Walkerburn has a committed team of highly skilled and experienced staff, providing a focus of employment within the village.
Our range continues to develop offering new designs to a discerning and expanding range of customers.
Ballantynes of Walkerburn Mission Statement is :
"to capture the spirit of positive endeavour, believing that our work will uplift and brighten our customers lives".
If we can achieve this; and, at the same time, provide a contribution to society, then we will deem ourselves successful.