If you remember the good old days of Clarkson, Hammond and May on BBC’s Top Gear, you’re probably wondering what the boys are up to nowadays.
While Jeremy Clarkson handles Diddly Squat farm and James May explores gin-making, Richard Hammond has launched his very own classic car restoration workshop.
Richard Hammond’s Workshop is a show that follows the good, the bad and the rusty parts of business ownership.
If you’re watching the show, you’re probably wondering whether the workshop is real or not: and we’re here to help clear up any confusion.
Is Richard Hammond’s Workshop real?
Yes, The Smallest Cog is a real workshop based in Herefordshire. The business specialises in restoring classic cars from around the UK and beyond. Richard Hammond is the director of the business.
That’s right – Hammond’s classic car restoration workshop is alive and kicking as a real business. It has a social media presence, features in local directories and has a verified listing on the UK Companies House.
According to Companies House, the business currently employs three people. It’s fair to assume that these three people are Richard Hammond (the business director) and Neil and Anthony Greenhouse (the workshop technicians).
That’s it, really. It’s a legitimate, tax-paying business with employees and overheads and creditors and debtors. Just like any other business!
Some have been led to believe that The Smallest Cog isn’t a real business because it doesn’t have a website. Or does it?
In fact, The Smallest Cog does have a website (https://www.smallestcog.com/). However, it hasn’t been indexed by Google, Bing or other search engines.
Essentially, it isn’t being shown in search results yet.
This could be a deliberate choice, or it could be a simple error on the part of the digital marketing team. Either way, it’s quite tough to find the website.
It’s important to note that the workshop is still a relatively new business. The Smallest Cog Limited was incorporated as a company in January 2021. Maybe the website isn’t properly finished yet. Or maybe they’re waiting for a big launch? This isn’t yet clear.
Something is clear, though. As soon as the website is available on search engines, The Smallest Cog will be flooded with enquiries from curious fans and genuine customers alike. It will take a significant amount of time to filter through these enquiries and distinguish the real from the fake.
Amongst a busy schedule of filming and fan visits, it’s easy to understand why the workshop might have held back on launching a full-on online presence yet.
The Smallest Cog location
Richard Hammond’s Workshop (The Smallest Cog) is based in a unit in the Rotherwas Industrial Estate, Hereford, UK.
Many fans have complimented Richard and the team on their willingness to have a quick chat with them upon visiting the workshop.
Of course, it’s not guaranteed that the team will be present at the workshop if you choose to visit. As always, be sensible and don’t be an annoyance!
The Rotherwas Industrial Estate is conveniently placed near the centre of Hereford – a bustling community city in the county of Herefordshire. Herefordshire is home to a number of specialist engineering and motoring businesses, making it the perfect home for The Smallest Cog.
Does The Smallest Cog make money?
According to its 2021 accounts, not yet. Richard Hammond famously sold his classic car collection to continue to fund the business. It remains to be seen if the business will become profitable in 2022.
The show does a great job of depicting the trials and tribulations of setting up a new business in the motoring industry.
From Richard’s heartbreaking decision to sell his classic car collection to the quick flips that keep the business afloat, it’s hard to not feel sorry for the team. It also paints a picture of an uncertain future for the workshop.
However, we’re sure that both Discovery and Richard Hammond will work to make the business a long-term, profitable company. After all, It’s clear that Richard is in it for the long haul.
Plus, Discovery viewers are loving the show. It has been a big hit! With such a great reception, Discovery won’t want to see the workshop fail.
So, yes, it’s safe to assume that The Smallest Cog is a real and legitimate business.
As with any other television show, there will be exaggerations. Certain sections will be over-dramatised for entertainment purposes. It’s still a new business, and filming for the show has likely taken priority over anything else at the moment.
As the show continues and the business becomes more established, we’re excited to see how Richard scales the business to new heights.
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