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Brian Toye, Chairman
Fiona Toye, CEO
num_employees = Approximately 200 (2008)

REVENUE £ 4.23 million (2008)

OPERATING INCOME £ 131,007 (2008)

NET INCOME £ 195,082 (2008)

WEBSITE www.thetoyeshop.com www.toye.com

Toye, Kenning & Spencer on 19-21 Great Queen Street, Covent Garden in London

TOYE, KENNING Covent Garden
Covent Garden
, London
and Bedworth
, Warwickshire
, England. Founded in 1685, the company remains family-run by members of the Toye family.

The firm holds a Royal Warrant to Queen Elizabeth II
Queen Elizabeth II
for Supply of Gold and Silver laces , insignia and embroidery . It supplies Honours badges and ribbons presented at investitures and is sole supplier of the buttonhole Honours emblem. The company has also been commissioned to produce semi-official commemorative coins for politically important events aimed at improving diplomatic relations with the UK .


* 1 History

* 1.1 Early history * 1.2 1900 to present

* 2 Manufacturing facilities

* 2.1 Birmingham
* 2.2 Bedworth

* 3 References * 4 External links



The Toyé family arrived in England
in 1685 as Huguenot
refugees after the revocation of the Edict of Nantes
Edict of Nantes
by Louis XIV
Louis XIV
. The Toyé family sailed into the Thames
in 1685 disguised as cattle-dealers. They settled in Hope Town, now known as Bethnal Green
Bethnal Green
, close to Spitalfields
. Here they resumed the traditional family business of weaving, lace-making, embroidery and gold and silver wire making. In 1784 Guillaume Henry Toyé was engaged in this industry and living with his family in Hope Town. He had four sons and three daughters.

In 1835 William Toyé (grandson of Guillaume) acquired larger premises at George Street, Bethnal Green. At first he applied himself to broad weaving but other forms of weaving soon appealed to him, particularly the making of ribbons, as there was then a far larger demand for this commodity. It was found necessary to open retail establishments further west in London
in addition to the factories. A shop was opened in 1888 at 18 Little Britain and a short time later a further establishment was opened up at 17 Clerkenwell Road
Clerkenwell Road

By 1890 the weaving of heavy, double-twilled silks, nine-feet wide, for trade-union and Friendly Societies became an important part of the business. The banner department used painting and embroidery to illuminate the designs. With increased and varied activities it became apparent that the factory at 186 Old Ford Road was inadequate. The Masonic section was rapidly becoming more important, therefore it was essential to move the factory nearer to the headquarters of Freemasonry
in Great Queen Street. Premises were acquired in 1898 at 57 Theobalds Road where showrooms were opened, the factory being placed at the rear and continuing right through the block into Red Lion Square .


In 1903 Herbert Toye joined the business, a step made necessary by the considerable expansions that had taken place. In 1909 it became necessary, in accordance with the Companies Act 1908, to register the firm as a Company. From then on all business was transacted as Toye -webkit-column-width: 30em; column-width: 30em; list-style-type: decimal;">

* ^ LSE Toye Accessed on 22 December 2008 * ^ Toye Royal Warrant Page Accessed on 2 October 2012 * ^ CCT2514: 1973 silver Exhibition of Archaeological Finds of the People\'s Republic of China was minted with parts of the design coming from high-level Chinese government officials. The coin has the phrase, in Chinese characters, "Chinese-British friendship". * ^ A B Wallop, Harry (8 April 2012). "A trip back in time to our industrial heritage at Toye, Kenning & Spencer". The Daily Telegraph
The Daily Telegraph
. London, UK: TMG . ISSN 0307-1235 . OCLC
49632006 . Retrieved 7 May 2013.