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2020: Lockdowns, Brexit and Giving back

2020 has been… a year! We have managed to keep our workshop open throughout the pandemic and amongst Brexit uncertainties (so far). The lockdowns have given us a moment to take a breath, be grateful and plan a road ahead that reflects our gratitude.

We are so proud of the business we have built up over the last ten years. It has been our brand ethos, focusing on sustainability and our longstanding relationships – the boutique shops, department stores, galleries, pop-ups, websites, restaurants and countless individuals – which have kept us standing during difficult times.

We never would have thought way back in 2011 when we had the idea of putting provenance before profit that we’d still be one of the only brands in the UK designing and making by hand in Britain with local sustainable materials. We feel very proud to have made 20,000 boards without ever having to compromise on quality or our ethos.

But there’s always room to do better.  We’ve been taking time to reflect on what we can do in 2021 and beyond to keep going, hopefully for another ten years. We’ve made a HW sustainability plan, and we’ve made a commitment to continue to give back as much and as often as we can to causes that help make our world more inclusive and equal.

We also want to do more to support the amazing businesses and social enterprises up and down the UK and around the world that are making well-made, sustainable products the norm. We’d like to celebrate these organisations more – and we hope you’ll continue to join us on our journey to tread lightly and to support others pushing our community to do better, too.