The company name Alpha Trophies was devised by taking the initials of company founders Alan and Patricia Hartman prior to this the company was known as Alpha Engraving.
Still family owned run. Changes in clientele and technology since the 70's have been quite staggering.
Bringing a trophy showroom to places that didn't have a local supplier. Seen all over the roads of Edinburgh the Lothians, Fife and Central Scotland in the 90's the Mobile Trophy Shop.
Above : Alan and Pat Alpha Trophies founders
Alan built up Alpha from a small engraving business in a basement. Moving to larger premises twice in the eighties. The current location in Ferry Road, Leith is 1900sq meters. The larger premises now have a workshop at the back. The on-site engraving and trophy assembly are done here. In the front you will find a retail trophy/gift shop. With hundreds of cups, trophies, shields and medals always on display. Engraved gifts like Quaich, Hip-Flask and Tankards.
Below: Presenting the Trophies at the 1987 Scottish Pool Championship.
After leaving his job as an engineer in an Edinburgh factory Alan joined his wife and daughter working at the shop full-time. In the late seventies the company expanded to offer light industrial engraving such as brass plates, electrical sockets and door entry systems. Growth was rapid and the large amount of pubs, clubs and schools around the area provided steady work and a need for space.
Bespoke medals and lapel pin design have played a big part of our history.
Above are two stamped designs.
Below: Engraving an Anodised Aluminium Plate on a Hall of Fame wall shield for Britains Greatest Athlete Chris Hoy.
Above: 1992 Our Hand engraver scribes the League and Skol Cup for Local Team Hibs
Below: 2003 Supplying the S.F.L with the Bells's Player/Manager of the month awards.
Above: The year 2000 and the Millennium "Alpha Trophies Charity Pairs" competition sees the winners win these trophies and a trip to Las Vegas.
The company is also the main sponsor of the Edinburgh Bowling League.
The Edinburgh Bowling League was Established in 1996. Formed by the merging of three leagues. They now have 41 clubs.
Above: The Queensberry Championship Trophy presented by Honorary President Alan Hartman, to celebrate their 125th anniversary in 2005.
Above: The warrant card for Edinburgh's most famous policeman D.I John Rebus. Given to the author Ian Rankin by the now defunkt Lothian and Borders Police.
Above: Free tickets for the Darts for delivering the trophies can't be bad eh. Below 1990's Bobby George visits the shop.