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Burgon & Ball Join BHETA

Published: 2 March 2022 - James Mead

Iconic garden tools brand, Burgon & Ball has joined The British Home Enhancement Trade Association.


Based in Sheffield, Burgon & Ball dates to 1730 when it began manufacturing agricultural shears, patenting a manufacturing process for producing solid steel sheep shears in 1865.  The design used the best cast steel rather than the more usual iron blades of the time.  In 1873 it built the La Plata Works at Malin Bridge, where it still manufactures today, and quickly became a significant exporter as well as serving the home market.

From the 1920s production of garden tools outstripped the manufacture of sheep shears and the company made massive investments in modern manufacturing processes from the 1970s onwards as well as building up its marketing of the brand.  In the last ten to fifteen years, it has worked with a series of partners including Sophie Conran who worked with the company to create and award-winning gift range.  Burgon & Ball’s stainless garden tools are endorsed by the RHS.

In 2018 the company joined Venanpri global family of the finest heritage tool brands, alongside Corona and Bellota. 

Keeley Vernon, BHETA’s sector manager for DIY and garden said, “This is great news.  Burgon & Ball is a huge brand in the garden sector, combining tradition, with on trend products and high-profile partnerships.  I am delighted to welcome the team to BHETA.”

For more information about BHETA and the retailer networking, market data, lobbying and business support opportunities it offers, contact Keeley Vernon on 07398 840418 or view the website at



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