I always find it odd that the Exeter office was ever closed down. When their figures are compared to that of the Newcastle office, then Exeter were doing reasonably good business. If it was anything to do with the fact that so much of their assaying was just for one customer, then they would be surprised at how some hallmarking is carried out these days with the culture of the sub-office. The Sheffield Assay Office were the first, I believe, to set up a sub-office at Carrs of Sheffield, this was followed by the Birmingham Assay Office setting up in the premises of Curteis Ltd., at Ellesmere, Shropshire, and then at QVC (the TV shopping channel), Family Jewels, Optima, Cooksons, Gecko, Argos, QVC, and Domino. London also have two sub-offices at Hatton Garden and at Brinks Heathrow.