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Crafter’s Companion rises in Sunday Times SME Export 100 list

By Mark Hayhurst 27 Feb 2018

Crafter’s Companion, has ranked at number 31 in this year’s Sunday Times Lloyds SME Export Track 100 list, after experiencing 72 per cent year-on-year growth in export sales.

One of just four North-East companies to make the list, the Durham-based business has grown significantly from a small start-up into a global enterprise, now exporting to 32 countries worldwide across Europe, Africa, Australia and North and South America.

Having been listed at number 52 last year, the company jumped to 31 in the 2018 list, and expects export growth to continue, particularly in the US and Germany, over the coming years.

Sara Davies MBE, company founder, said: “We’re absolutely delighted to be listed once again for Sunday Times Lloyds SME Export Track 100. To move up by such a substantial jump is a real achievement for us and is tribute to the hard work of our teams across the UK, Europe and US.

“We expect to see continued export growth driven by product innovation, greater brand visibility and increasing consumer demand. Hopefully we can act as a catalyst, along with the other companies listed, for greater export from the North East to the rest of the world.”

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 three years.

Founded in 2005, Crafter’s Companion has enjoyed continued growth with the company’s export sales increasing by an average of 94% each year, rising to £10.3million in 2017.

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 in the UK, US and Germany.

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