British eyewear brand TD Tom Davies has marked 15 years since its establishment with a celebratory event at its new £800,000 manufacturing plant in Brentford, London.
Attended by more than 600 people, the event was the culmination of a 15 year “dream” for the company’s founder Tom Davies, as he explained when talking exclusively to OT: “Two days ago I started manufacturing glasses in London for the first time. I decided to start a factory in London 15 years ago, but I have only just got there. It’s not a new idea, it’s not a consequence of Brexit – it is something that I have always wanted to do.”
In bringing the factory into fruition, Mr Davies admitted: “I love the idea that I’m training a new generation of spectacle makers,” adding that on reflection a decade ago he would have been too threatened to train people up and do things in the UK. “I don’t feel that threat anymore. It’s actually an honour,” he added.
Speaking to OT about how the company has developed over the years, Mr Davies said: “It’s been a really fast growth in the last three to four years. I think that’s partly due to the customisation aspect of glasses becoming more mainstream and desirable.”
For the businessman, growth is both “exciting and frightening,” he added.
Mr Davies established TD Tom Davies in 2002 as the sole employee. Today the business has more than 220 employees, as well as five practices in London.
Fifteen years on, Mr Davies said with a smile: “I’m absolutely loving it. I’m having the time of my life.”