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Double century for DeLaRue

Published:Friday | June 14, 2013 | 12:00 AM
Head of DeLaRue, Matt West (left), might just be giving a history lesson about DeLaRue to Steven Burns (centre), first secretary Migration Delivery Office, and Joydene Jarrett (right), general manager, JPS & Partners Credit Union).
It's a family affair for the Al-Utaibis. Hisham Al-Utaibi and wife Janet share lens time alongside sons Ziad (second left) and Khalid (left). photos by Winston Sill/Freelance Photographer
A number of DeLaRue scholars were on hand to share in the festivities. Among them are budding professionals (from left) Troy Taylor, Terrence Campbell, Alex Williams and Tennecia Dacass.

Garfene Grandison, Assistant Lifestyle Coordinator

On Thursday, DeLaRue celebrated its 200th anniversary with a cocktail reception at Trafalgar House, the British high commissioner's residence, commemorating its 153-year-old business relationship with Jamaica.

The event brought out dignitaries such as Minister of National Security Peter Bunting, Finance Minister Omar Davies, Opposition Leader Andrew Holness and other business professionals. Acting British High Commissioner Julia Sutherland also took time out to announce the appointment of High Commissioner David Fitton, who will be taking up his new post sometime next week.

Founded by Thomas de la Rue in Guernsey in 1813, the world's largest integrated commercial banknote printer, DeLaRue this year celebrates its 200th anniversary.

De La Rue has enjoyed a long-standing relationship with Jamaica, supplying the Government with a variety of high-security documents, including currency, passports, voter-registration cards, postage stamps and driving licences.

The first business dealings can be traced as far back as 1860 with the supply of postage stamps to Jamaica, ranging from one penny to one shilling, each with a different frame, inscribed 'Jamaica Postage', and watermarked with a pineapple design. Today, DeLaRue continues to work closely with the Government of Jamaica, private sector and University of the West Indies.