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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.

    How it works?

    The challenge launched on 9th March and will run until the end of September, giving you 6 whole months to raise as much money as possible. You can sign up and get involved at any time, just simply fill out the form using the button below and we will be in touch to present your £50 seed funding and discuss your fundraising.

    Ready to sign up?

    Sign up here!

    What organisations are getting involved?

    Take a look here!

    Helpful resources

    This button will take you to a DropBox filled with helpful information and downloadable files to help you to fundraise. We have included logos, images, fonts, graphics and text, as well as handy fundraising hints and tips guides.

    MCC Dropbox

    What's on?

    There are lots of events happening throughout the year you can get involved in. Whether they are in-house Cavendish events, or are in aid of Cavendish through the Master Cutler’s Challenge. Click here to view our events calendar.

    View our events calendar

    Contact our team

    We are on hand to help you along the way and raise as much money as possible as part of the challenge. Get in touch with us by calling 0114 275 4070 or emailing us on the link below.

    Email Us!

    Sponsored Challenges

    Take a look at our interactive map of sponsored challenges across the UK this year, that you can get involved in! Just head to the PDF and click on the links to find out more.

    Check out these challenges

    Tell us about your fundraising

    Tell us about your fundraising plans so that we can help support you in the best way possible. To do this, we have a simple form for you to submit the details about the event.

    Submit your event form here

    Set up your JustGiving page

    We have a dedicated MCC Campaign on JustGiving where you can link your page. Click on this link to set up your page today!

    Start your JustGiving page

    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

    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