Whatever the occasion, whether indoors or outdoors, you need a match you can rely on to create the perfect mood.

The Bryant & May brand is well known and trusted by UK consumers, having supplied quality matches in the UK for over 150 years.

Bryant & May Extra Long matches are ideal for lighting candles, open fires and barbecues and at over 9cm long, you don’t need to worry about burning your hands.

Bryant & May Extra Long matches are the essential household match and is the sustainable and eco-friendly way to create the ‘perfect strike’ at home.

Potted History

William Bryant and Francis May went into partnership – supplying general provisions from London

Bryant & May placed first order for matches from Swedish match manufacturers, Lundstrom of Jonkoping

Bryant & May set up manufacturing site at Fairfield Works, Bow in London in cope with demand for newly invented safety matches

New ‘strike anywhere’ match was launched by Bryant & May

Bryant & May was incorporated as a public company

Bryant & May acquired state of the art factory at Garston, Liverpool and another site in Leeds. At their peak, they also had sites in Glasgow and, via subsidiaries, in Gloucester and Belfast

On 1 January Bryant & May Ltd changed its name to Swedish Match UK Ltd

In December Swedish Match AB sold the UK business to Republic Technologies International


As the world’s leading match manufacturers, Swedish Match Industries are dedicated to providing quality products in a responsible manner. Sustainability comes naturally to us, both in thought and in action – it is part of our DNA.

We are proud that more than 90 percent of our matches and matchboxes are made from renewable materials. Environmental responsibility permeates every aspect of our operations and management systems.