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Soaring international sales secure craft company’s spot on Sunday Times SME Export 100 list

By Mark Hayhurst 03 Mar 2017

MARKET-LEADING craft retailer Crafter’s Companion has ranked at number 52 in the prestigious 2017 Sunday Times Lloyds SME Export Track 100 list, following international sales of £6 million over the past two years.

MARKET-LEADING craft retailer Crafter’s Companion has ranked at number 52 in the prestigious 2017 Sunday Times Lloyds SME Export Track 100 list, following international sales of £6 million over the past two years.

One of four North East companies to make the list, the craft business has grown significantly from a small start-up into a global enterprise, now exporting to Europe, Scandinavia, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and North and South America.

The annual Sunday Times Lloyds SME Export Track 100 league recognises the 100 small and medium-sized (SME) companies in Britain with the fastest-growing international sales over the previous two years.

Founded in 2005 by award-winning entrepreneur Sara Davies MBE, Crafter’s Companion has enjoyed continued growth, building upon last year’s move to a new 15,724 sq ft head office at Horndale Business Centre, Aycliffe Industrial Park and two successful retail store openings.

Company founder Sara Davies said: “Our journey into export has gained significant momentum over the last two years, and we are delighted to have witnessed our small family start-up grow both in the North East and as an internationally-recognised leading craft supplier.

“We look forward to continuing to drive the business forward over the coming years and exploring some new markets and what they have to offer.”

This year’s SME Export Track 100 businesses will attend a celebratory awards dinner, held on May 9 at the Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel in London.

Crafter’s Companion currently employs more than 100 staff across the UK, selling products online, through its own outlets and independent retailers, and regularly presenting workshops and demonstrations in store and on TV shopping channels shown across the world.

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