Kimbolton Fireworks cease trading.

Duskyfuse

Peasant the 2nd
#1
It has recently came to light that Kimbolton fireworks have ceased trading after a period of 45 years and the construction of display fireworks in the UK has sadly reached the end of an era as the last remaining manufacturer close their doors. Having cancelled their upcoming demo nights at short notice they have now also removed access to their online shop. Calling their landline phone number directs you to a voicemail message which informs the caller of the sad news.
 

Duskyfuse

Peasant the 2nd
#3
It is indeed. I have recently purchased their Regal Compound and firing it will be even more special given the fact they have now put a stop to production.
 
#4
A decent British company but from what I could make out, the range they did was pricey. They mostly stocked Wyevale who have had financial difficulties anyway and have sold off a lot of their garden centres.

£18.99 for their "Bronze" box, consisting of 12 fireworks is quite naff and while the quality was there, the marketing wasn't. Without proper marketing, to the average consumer it's silly prices. (The prices I gather were full RRP)

A lot of comments confirmed that with "Overpriced for what they are in my opinion", "Ripoff for the fx" and more.

Sad indeed but I bet most people here never bothered with them when they were around.
 

Duskyfuse

Peasant the 2nd
#5
... while the quality was there, the marketing wasn't. Without proper marketing, to the average consumer it's silly prices. (The prices I gather were full RRP)
I can see where you are coming from. I was intrigued in their large 320 shot Bedlam cake however could not find a video of it anywhere and in fact still can't. With an RRP of over £100 you have to wonder how many have taken a blind punt on it!
 
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AnthonyUKpyro

Royal Knight the 1st
#6
Also Kimbolton restricted their retailer base to select places of their choosing and wouldn't sell their product widely in more general retailers as everyone else did.

They also frowned at anyone discounting and selling their products affordably and would punish anyone who did.

The RRP prices of their retail fireworks product were absolutely ridiculous too.
 

Gaz

Administrator
Sovereign the 6th
#8
and this is their Facebook statement.


Statement : Kimbolton Fireworks Ceases Trading

After 55 years in the fireworks industry and many amazing displays which have brought a great deal of happiness to customers, we have had to take the very difficult decision to close the company.

Following a sharp fall in sales over the last year along with rising costs and a number of further operational challenges, we were forced to cease trading as of 14 February 2019, with the immediate loss of ten jobs.

We would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to our loyal staff and customers who have supported the company over many years.
The company has engaged the Cambridge office of insolvency specialists, Begbies Traynor, to undertake the liquidation of the business and they will be handling all enquiries going forward.
Thank you for your understanding at this difficult time.
Kimbolton Fireworks Limited
For enquiries, please contact Carol Wilson at Begbies Traynor on 01223 495660
 

AnthonyUKpyro

Royal Knight the 1st
#10
EU regulations have also been partially responsible for Kimbolton Fireworks demise : -

a) Bans on the sale of "exposed fuse" fireworks ie setpiece fountains / setpiece wheels, waterfalls, fountain / wheel combinations, tank / gun battles, aeroplane battles, helicopter pictures with swirling blades, elephant and skeleton pictures with operator operated parts, multigerb wheels with covered pipematch, roman candle tridents and bouquets, and display in a box type pieces with a mixture of fountains mines roman candles and rockets that use covered pipematch,

b) Constant changes to CE firework regulations in terms of classification, classification definitions, powder weight / size, plus explosive power content fusing etc,

and c) The costs of complying with these requirements and the associated testing regimes.

Hopefully when we leave the European Union, we can hopefully get back what we lost in UK firework manufacturing, and bring back the 'oohs and ahhs' we have generally lost in UK consumer fireworks.
 
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#11
A decent British company but from what I could make out, the range they did was pricey. They mostly stocked Wyevale who have had financial difficulties anyway and have sold off a lot of their garden centres.

£18.99 for their "Bronze" box, consisting of 12 fireworks is quite naff and while the quality was there, the marketing wasn't. Without proper marketing, to the average consumer it's silly prices. (The prices I gather were full RRP)

A lot of comments confirmed that with "Overpriced for what they are in my opinion", "Ripoff for the fx" and more.

Sad indeed but I bet most people here never bothered with them when they were around.
I only played £12 for the bronze box
 
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It was on there, albeit perhaps an old leaflet someone uploaded here.

A bit misleading by Wyevale as well... "Multi-shots" ? Which to us means cake but by the looks of that box means a 5 shot Roman candle.

It's like that price is the over-inflated RRP.

"Light" enthusiasts who will only have pyro for BFN or NYE and probably wouldn't buy online would just buy from shops in that area with no idea where they were manufactured. Pop into Wyevale and see that 12 piece box for £18.99 and not buy it as they know a 12 piece box is just £5 in ASDA.
 
#16
Wyevale charged a fair price imo, they were added to the 3 for 2 the year after that brochure and the boxes were immensely good, and well worth the money asked for them. That you could get them cheaper elsewhere just shows that other places are better value though, and probably an example of why wyevale as a whole is failing
 

Vladster

Esquire the 3rd
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