Cost of elevating the bar dents profits at Ede & Ravenscroft

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Ede &amp Ravenscroft, the 325-12 months-previous maker of barristers’ wigs and academic robes, has invested in modernising its organization, helping to send out its income lower in spite of regular revenues.

The firm, which has also tailor-made coronation robes since William of Orange and Mary Stuart have been topped, has described a 1pc rise in revenues to practically £40m in the year to the finish of June.

Climbing income in the Uk have been offset by a drop in European turnover to £1.8m and reduce revenue in the relaxation of the world, down from £2m to £1.4m.

Pre-tax profits fell from £3.71m to £1.26m, as fees rose. The firm, based mostly about the corner from the Royal Courts of Justice, said it was adopting contemporary engineering “when suitable so that an appropriate price foundation can be reached for the reward of our customers”.

The wigs worn by barristers, some parliamentarians and members of the judiciary are hand created employing horsehair. Ede &amp Ravenscroft is one particular of a handful of United kingdom businesses producing the hairpieces, in a workshop above the Chancery Lane shop.

The business can make most of its funds from offering and selecting graduation caps and robes, barristers’ apparel and ceremonial robes for the Houses of Parliament. It also generated revenues of £11.8m from marketing graduation images.


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Virtually £500,000-well worth of machinery, fixtures and fittings were extra to the balance sheet for the duration of the year, after £1.1m was included and £1.6m bought in the prior 12 months. The firm’s expense homes were valued at £6.8m, a rise of £2.7m.

The group also booked a international exchange reduction of £132,000 for the yr, and £161,000 in legal charges.

The firm used 607 folks as of final year, incorporating a lot more than thirty ceremony personnel as nicely as a number of admin and income employees.

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