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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

Judging panel

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

On-line vote

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

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