Craft Business Awards 2018 prove to be a massive success
By Mark Hayhurst 06 Mar 2018
It was another excellent year for the Craft Business Awards.
There were some close calls in the online voting as customers picked their favourites.
But in the end the winners collected their 2018 awards at a special ceremony at this year’s CHSI Stitches at the NEC.
Over 25,000 votes were cast in this year’s awards, now in it’s 12th year, showing the importance they are held in.
Mark Hayhurst, Craft Business editor, said: “This is only my second year being involved with these awards and I have been blown away not only by the number of nominations we had but also with the number of votes cast for our eventual winners.
“In some categories it went down to the wire, with those out in front changing almost daily, before the deadline finally closed.
And I think that that goes to show not only the strength of the industry but also the high regard that all the entrants are all held in by their customers.”
There were 24 categories of which 14 were new for 2018 and reflect the important and exciting changes the world’s crafting business industry has seen over the past year.
Aside from the online vote a judging panel, comprising Wayne Hemingway, fashion designer and co-founder of Red or Dead; Mark Hayhurst, editor Craft Business; Sarah Crosland, editor Crafts Beautiful magazine, Linsy Baker, Buyer for The Works; Craig de Souza, executive director of AFCI.UK; Camilla Westergaard, content editor for Folksy; Stuart Hillard, Quilter, designer, author, demonstrator and Great British Sewing Bee semi-finalist; decided who would come out on top in nine of the categories.
Craft Business Awards 2018
Best Marketing Campaign: Tombow
Highly commended: Just a Card
Best Social Media: Lion Brand Yarn
Highly commended: Sew Over It
Best Start-Up: Bow K
Highly commended: StickerKitten
Sustainable Craft Company: The Woolly Pedlar
Highly commended: Beyond Measure
Best Young Business Person of the Year: Sarah-Jayne Griffin of Hollies Haberdashery
Highly commended: Alexandra Stapleton Smith
Best New Product: The Adorable Scoreboard by Hunkydory
Highly commended: Sugru Create & Craft Mouldable Glue Set
Best Education Product: DIY Light Up Blinky Bow Ties
Highly commended: Sparkle’n’Grow Butterfly Terrarium
Best Craft Book: Modern Calligraphy Workshop by Imogen Owen, from Quadrille Publishing
Highly commended: The Practical Potter, by Josie Warshaw, from Lorenz Books
Best Children’s Product: Origami for Children by Cico Books
Highly commended: Origami Fortune Teller Book by Usborne
Best Independent Retailer: Beyond Measure
Highly commended: Sew Over It being
Best Support & Service: West Yorkshire Spinners
Highly commended: Prym
Best Shared Retailer: Crafter’s Companion
Highly commended: Hobbycraft
Best E-tailer: Printable Heaven
Highly commended: The Cotton Patch
Best British Brand: Craft Creations Ltd
Highly commended: Lavinia Stamps Ltd.
Best European Brand: Prym
Highly commended: Rico Design
Best American Brand: Elizabeth Craft Designs
Highly commended: Lion Brand Yarn
Brand Ambassador of the Year: Sheena Douglass
Highly commended: Dawn Bibby
Best Knitting Manufacturers/Supplier/Distributor award: West Yorkshire Spinners
Highly commended: Stylecraft Yarns
Best Beading & Jewellery Manufacturers/Supplier/Distributor: Creative Beadcraft Ltd
Highly commended: Beadalon
Best Papercraft Manufacturers/Supplier/Distributor: Crafter’s Companion
Highly commended: Sizzix
Best Stitching & Haberdashery Manufacturers/Supplier/Distributor: The Craft Cotton Company
Highly commended: Clover Manufacturing
Best Creative Stationery Manufacturers/Supplier/Distributor: Sizzix
Highly commended: Staedtler.
Best Trade Website: Crafter’s Companion
Highly commended: Hunkydory Crafts Ltd
Best Book Publisher of the Year: Search Press
Highly commended: Pavilion Books