“From big dream to global business”
Founded in 2005 by Sara Davies MBE and headquartered in the North-East of England, the company now employs more than 200 staff in the UK, Europe and the US and exports products to Europe, Asia, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and North and South America.
While at university studying business management, Sara ran her business from her university bedroom after spotting a gap in the papercrafting market for a tool to make bespoke envelopes. From there the business grew, spreading from the UK and into the US and has won many awards for its export growth over the last 14 years. Today, many of the original ideas Sara and the team had remain flagship products.
Having traditionally sold its products online, through independent retailers and on TV shopping channels across the world, Crafter’s Companion opened its first store in 2016. The company now has three stores in the UK located in Newton Aycliffe, Chesterfield and Evesham which have become community crafting hubs hosting regular workshops and demonstrations for customers and giving visitors the chance to get some hands-on experience with products including the company’s own brands such as the Gemini, the Ultimate Pro, Spectrum Noir and Sara Signature.
True to its roots, Crafter’s Companion remains headquartered in the North East of England, however following sales almost doubling in the US market over the last few years, the company expanded its presence in 2018 moving its US office and warehouse to a larger premises in Corona, California.
The company’s products have always been designed in line with customer and market demands, regardless of skill levels or capability, and today the brand continues to resonate with its clientele, some of who have been on the journey since the beginning.
Find out more about Crafter’s Companion at https://www.crafterscompanion.co.uk.