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Getting to know..... Alan Crook

What do you do at Cottam? Whilst my title is Manufacturing Director I tend to deal with things that impact on manufacturing and supply.  Apart from that, I try to...

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Getting to know..... Ben Cottam

What do you do at Cottam? My role as MD is to make sure that we have a clear business plan in place and that we’re all working towards it. ...

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Innovation in Brushware...Part 2

In the early part of the 20th Century the North East was an area of heavy engineering with shipyards, foundries and of course coal production being commonplace. Additionally the local...

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Latest Team Photo

Here is our team, we think we "brushed" up rather well!  The factory is looking good too.   January 2014 Pictured are, from left to right: Laura, Dave, Bob, Kathy,...

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A brief history of brush making in the North East - Part 1

Innovation in Brushware Since 1858

The early days.... In 1858 Samuel Cottam, a skilled brushmaker, was sent to Sunderland by his uncle who owned a brush factory in Hull.  In those days virtually every town...

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