Purveyors to the Royal Court of the Netherlands: the status ‘purveyor to the court’ (hofleverancier) is awarded to small and medium-sized businesses that have existed for at least 100 years, and who have a good reputation regionally. They need not actually supply goods to the court. The status is renewable every 25 years. At present there are at least 387 companies who can hold this status.
Royal warrants of appointment have been issued for centuries to tradespeople who supply goods or services to a royal court or certain royal personages. The royal warrant enables the supplier to advertise the fact that they supply to the issuer of the royal warrant; thus lending prestige to the supplier. Royal families of the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Monaco, Denmark, Sweden, and Japan among others, allow tradesmen to advertise royal patronage.
Suppliers having a royal warrant charge for the goods and services supplied; a royal warrant does not imply that suppliers provide goods or services free of charge. Royal warrants are typically advertised on company hoardings, letter-heads and products by displaying the coat of arms or the heraldic badge of the royal personage issuing the royal warrant. Warrants granted by members of the British royal family usually include the phrase “By Appointment to…” followed by the title and name of the royal customer, and then what goods are provided; no other details of what is supplied may be given.
By Appointment to the Court of the Netherlands is a Royal Award appointed by his Majesty the King of the Netherlands. This is an honour awarded by the Royal Court only to those companies that are at least 100 years old and have an exceptional track record.
At E&A Scheer BV we are very proud to have received this particular recognition in 2017 after blending and trading Bulk Rums all over the world over the last 3 centuries. It is our privilege from now on to be able to display the coat of arms to our stakeholders on our website and external communications.
In receiving the award we are part of a very select group of Dutch companies which have a prominent position within their industry, an excellent reputation and who distinguish themselves by quality, solidity and continuity.