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‘Made in Sheffield’ protected

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

After a strong local campaign Parliament has ensured that the term ‘Made In Sheffield’ can only legally be used on products that have been made in the city.  Stephen Timms, Minister of State for Competitiveness, gave an assurance that the term would continue to be prescribed.


This assurance was carried through when a Parliamentary Committee passed the relevant regulations. Sheffield is the only city accorded this protection, other geographical words in the regulations relate to countries such as Scotland, Britain and the UK.


Meg who served on the Committee said:


“I was pleased to see this regulation passed. It ensures that only quality products carry the term and protects the value of the name of Sheffield”


The Delegated Legislation Committee met on the 28th October 2009, Meg’s contribution on this issue is below.


Meg Munn (Sheffield, Heeley) (Lab/Co-op): I am interested in the issue that the Minister raises, and in two of the listed words in particular: “co-operative” and “Sheffield”. On “co-operative”, I am a Labour and Co-operative Member of Parliament, and the co-operative movement is clear that co-operatives must be properly co-operative to use that name, so I welcome that provision. The Minister talked about regional and location issues; can he confirm that the inclusion of “Sheffield” is designed to protect the “Made in Sheffield” mark that guarantees the quality of particular products produced in Sheffield?


The Chairman: A lengthy intervention, but a good one.


The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (Ian Lucas): I can indeed confirm that the name “Sheffield” is protected - the Under-Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, my right hon. Friend the Member for East Ham (Mr. Timms), has given that undertaking - and that is to protect the well-established and accepted identification of Sheffield as a place that manufactures goods of quality, particularly in the iron and steel industry. I shall come back to the co-operative movement in a moment. 


Permission to use the ‘Made In Sheffield’ Mark is granted to companies on the basis of the following criteria:

  • the company must be located in the ‘S’ (Sheffield) postcode area (broadly consistent with the historical county of Hallamshire),
  • the company must be legitimately entitled to use the mark of origin ‘Made In Sheffield’ on some or all of its products, and
  • the company must be able to demonstrate a commitment to producing high-quality products.

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