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  • Master Cutler Challenge 2022

    The Master Cutlers Challenge was first launched in 2008 and has become one of the largest annual fundraising events in the region. Over the years, the Challenge has inspired companies, organisations, schools and individuals to raise in excess of half a million pounds for local causes.

    This year the challenge is led by Master Cutler, James Tear of The Solpro Group and he has been a member of the Company of Cutlers for over 17 years. After two terms led by the outgoing Master Cutler, Nick Williams, in a time like no other, we are pleased to be taking over the baton and excited to get started.

    How it works?

    Once signed up, you will be invited to attend out launch event taking place in the Spring 2022. You will receive a £50.00 seed fund to kickstart your idea and help you on your way. You challenge is to raise as much money as you can from this £50 through to the closing ceremony taking place in autumn.

    The great thing about this challenge is the collaboration of so many people coming together to support Cavendish, and raise vital funds for us to continue delivering our service. Everyone who gets involved is such an important part of the success of the challenge and legacy you will leave for those families affected by cancer who seek our help. – Kirsty, Strategic Partnerships Manager

    Ready to sign up? 

    Sign Up Here

    Why get involved?

    As with all of our partnerships, this will not be a one dimensional relationship. By getting involved with the challenge, along with loads of other businesses and organisations you will benefit from;

    • Our media plan to help promote your events, resulting in increased media coverage for your business.
    • When you sign up for the ‘Challenge’ your logo will be visible on our website with a link to yours
    • Empower your employees to increase staff engagement and morale
    • Networking opportunities through invites to events
    • Dedicated account manager throughout the challenge to help support you
    • Chance to win our top awards at the end of the challenge and celebrate your success

    Resources for Master Cutler Challenge

    We have put together a downloadable folder with everything you need to get your fundraising started, from logos, fonts, hints and tips guides and Cavendish photos and graphics. This folder will be continuously updated throughout the challenge with more helpful information.

    Meet the Master Cutler,

    James Tear

    James Tear is Chief Executive of The Solpro Group and a “proud metal basher of this parish”.

    The Solpro Group includes Thessco, a private family owned precious metal engineering business founded in 1760 and one of the World’s largest manufacturers of Silver Brazing and Industrial Silver Alloys. With its main manufacturing and sales facility in the traditional engineering heart of Sheffield, and a further sales and distribution centre in Paris, Thessco exports its specialist alloys to customers in over 50 countries throughout the World.

    James is born and bred in Sheffield. On leaving University in 1990 he joined Thessco and, having been “encouraged” by his father to start at the bottom, he undertook a further two year apprenticeship program. Over the last 30 years James has played a key part in the growth of the business including the incorporation of the European facilities into the Group.

    James has been a Freeman of The Cutlers Company since 1995 and a Member since 2004. In this role, James has participated on several committees and the one that is particularly close to his heart is Education and Skills, where he has been involved in helping deliver the Better Learners Better Workers education program, since its inception in 2012. Being the Business Champion at Stocksbridge High School was a particular highlight, and he continues to remain involved in the program today.

    With his father, Paul Tear, being the 359th Master Cutler in 1997/8 and with one of the few remaining cutlery and silverware factories in Sheffield, now owned and run by his sister Jackie, James is also cheeky enough to call himself a Cutler.

    Away from his business commitments James is married to Jo who is also involved in the business. James and Jo are excited to support the charity Cavendish Cancer Care during their year in office through the Master Cutler’s Challenge and championing the fantastic work they do.

    The Company of Cutlers in Hallamshire

    The Cutlers’ Company was established by a parliamentary Act of Incorporation in 1624 and for almost four hundred years has sought to maintain the standards and quality of Sheffield manufactured cutlery and steel products and to promote the name of Sheffield.

    Find out more about the Company of Cutlers here