Top Drawer London

William Firth Woodcraft Returning to Top Drawer London for 2019

You may remember that we attended Top Drawer London back in January of this year, which was our very first Trade Show. We then appeared at Harrogate Home & Gift in July, and we’re thrilled to let you know we are going back to London this coming January after the success of showcasing William Firth Woodcraft at both Trade Shows in 2018.

Image result for top drawer londonLocation: Olympia London
Show Area: HOME MODERN
Stand Number: A25

Held from 13-15th January at Olympia London, and with exclusive access to the latest trends, up and coming brands and over 1,000 design-led lifestyle brands, Top Drawer is the home of quality trade and products. The scale of the show is momentous and every Buyer is sure to find the perfect product for them. We are so excited to get back there and show what we’ve been working on.

We’ll be heading back to Top Drawer with our core range of products, and we’ll also be revealing brand new products whilst we’re there. We can’t wait to share our brand new stand design, new products and make new business partnerships!

You have any questions or would like to know more, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

 

William Firth Woodcraft to Attend Kirkby Lonsdale Christmas Fair 2018

We are delighted to be able to tell you all that we are heading back our favourite Christmas Market, Kirkby Lonsdale Christmas Fair Weekend 2018 for our third year in a row.

We made the conscious decision this year only to do ONE Christmas Market, and so it was an easy choice as to which one that would be.

Kirkby Lonsdale Christmas Fair Weekend 2018Kirkby Lonsdale Christmas Fair Weekend 2018

This year, the festivities are being held between Friday 30th November and Sunday 2nd December. As with previous years, the Chalet Village will be within the Market Square, and the Lunesdale Hall will have an indoor marketplace, full of different products for you to enjoy. All the amazing businesses get involved and with a hive of activities for children and adults alike, it is sure to be a spectacular (and extremely festive) weekend once again.

Handmade Cooking SpoonsWilliam Firth Woodcraft

We will be back in the Chalet Village this year, exhibiting a wide range of products (and even showcasing some new ones you may not have seen before!) and at a wide variety of budgets, so you are sure to find the perfect Christmas present this year for your loved ones. Be sure to pop down and say hello, as we love to chat to all the shoppers and visitors throughout the weekend.

If you’d like to find out more about Kirkby Lonsdale Christmas Fair Weekend, please click here. 

If you have any questions or would like to know more, don’t hesitate to contact us.

William Firth Woodcraft part of Not on the High Street Birthday Campaign

As you may be aware, we are now part of the Not on the High Street family. Throughout the year, the website launches various campaigns and we are thrilled to let you know, we have been asked to be part of the ‘Birthdays’ campaign!

Not on the High Street Birthday CampaignNot on the High Street

Now in its twelfth year, Not on the High Street brings together independent designers, makers & businesses and puts them on a fantastic platform, that has a reach worldwide. With thousands of partners, and millions of customers, Not on the High Street is keen to give independents a chance to be shown, and we are now one of them!

Birthdays Campaign

Not on the High Street Birthdays CampaignLaunching in March 2018 and active through to June 2018, the Birthdays Campaign features businesses that offer ideal gifts, both personalised and non-personalised, for every recipient imaginable.

Our Beer Caddy has been selected to be part of the ‘Best Gifts for Him’ section, and you can find it (with free delivery) on the website,  by clicking here. 

As mentioned above, the campaign runs to June 2018; we’ve already had an influx of Caddy orders so we’re very excited to see out the remainder of this exciting time for us.

If you have any questions or would like to know more, don’t hesitate to contact us. 

 

Not on the High Street

William Firth Woodcraft is now part of the Not on the High Street Family!

Not on the High StreetBack in November, we found out possibly the most exciting piece of news of our whole year. After trying once and sadly failing, we found that after our second attempt, we had been accepted on to Not on the High Street!

Not on the High Street is a prestigious online retailer, with over 5,000 partners (now including us!) that was founded ten years ago. Specialising in a wide range of products, the website is both Nationally and Internationally known and is curated by their team to ensure each product on the website compliments each other and no two products are identical.

Not on the High StreetShowcasing an exclusive range on the NOTHS website, our products are all personalised and, as always, are completely handmade before being etched with our brand new laser machine. We’ve even decided to offer free delivery on all products, too.

To prepare for the new range, we have created a selection of brand new products and even had a very special photoshoot with none other than our good friend and amazing photographer, Nick Dagger. 

 

Not on the High StreetThe Product Range

The products included in the brand new range, are:

 

We are so honoured and excited to be part of the NOTHS family, and can’t wait to see what 2018 brings for us!

Click here to visit our Not on the High Street shop

If you have any questions or would like to find out more, don’t hesitate to get in touch & say hello today.

William Firth Woodcraft Set to Attend Home & Gift Buyers’ Festival 2018

Home & Gift Buyers' Festival 2018We are so pleased to announce that we are attending Home & Gift Buyers’ Festival 2018 in Harrogate, from 15-18 July. After our success exhibiting at Top Drawer back in January, where we gained several new stockists, we have been looking for the next show ever since, and we have to say we’re thrilled we’re attending a Northern show.

Home & Gift Buyers’ Festival 2018

Being one of the most well established trade shows in the country, Home & Gift Buyers’ Festival has been running for 56 years and attracts thousands of brands in the beautiful setting of Harrogate. Welcoming more than 12,000 people each year and with over 80% of visitors only attending this show, it is the largest of its kind in the North.

Exhibiting on stand GF-24, we cannot wait to get there and showcase all our Hero products, as well as some potential new ones, too.

Will says “After our success of exhibiting at Top Drawer back in January in London, Home & Gift Buyers,’ Festival feels like the logical next step. We can’t wait to showcase our products in the North and meet a whole array of new people!”

If you have any questions or would like to know more, don’t hesitate to contact us. 

William Firth Woodcraft Attends Top Drawer Spring Summer 2018

Top Drawer Spring Summer 2018

Top Drawer 2018On 14-16th of this month, we were fortunate enough to attend Top Drawer Spring/Summer 2018 at Olympia London.

Top Drawer is a major international trade show, bringing together both leading UK and International brands, as well as giving new designers and makers an opportunity to exhibit within the ‘Spotted’ section of the show, and that is exactly where we were placed.

Top Drawer Spring Summer 2018The Show

The ‘Spotted’ section was on the first floor of Olympia. As we arrived it’s fair to say we were somewhat overwhelmed by the sheer size of the whole operation. There was pretty much every brand you could think of (in the realm of home, gifts, stationery etc) with huge stands that looked incredible. Intimidated, much? We made our way upstairs and started to build. After a couple of hours, we were all set up and ready to go. We laid out our fantastic new brochures, designed by Tom Kidd, and started to mentally prepare for the first day of the show, which was Sunday.

Our Experience

Throughout the course of the show, we realised we had no reason whatsoever to be overwhelmed or feel intimidated. We had some fantastic neighbouring stalls including Wolf & Ink, Disciple Skincare, Perch Upholstery, Moby Maps & Well Spotted to name only a few!

We met some fantastic people from varying sizes of businesses, and from not just the UK but all over the world.  Each day brought new people, from Buyers, to Directors, to Business Owners, to Journalists, and we can honestly say we thoroughly enjoyed chatting to everyone.

We received great feedback on our products and enjoyed talking potential customers (and interested people in general!) through our work and everything we had spent so long preparing.

We have received multiple orders since the show, both from businesses in the UK and Europe, and cannot wait to get going and build relationships with these new companies long into the future. We’ll give you more information about these businesses in due course, as and when we can.

Top Drawer Spring Summer 2018The Future

As you’ve read, we have received multiple orders, so the next few weeks will be seeing these through and sending them out to their recipients. We hope to exhibit at Top Drawer again in the future and are very excited to see what more comes to us off the back of the show.

If you’ve got any questions or would like to find out more, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

First Year of Trading for William Firth Woodcraft

What a Year!

As we start to wind down for Christmas and think about having a break over the festive period (wherever we can get one!), we thought we would look back at our very first year of trading and look back at our journey so far.

We launched the website in October 2016, and I went fully self-employed at the start of November. Within the month that we did both of the above, I moved to Lancaster and I moved into my workshop – needless to say this was one of the busiest months of our lives! Doing all of the above set us up for what was to be a very busy year ahead…

William Firth Woodcraft First Year of TradingOver Christmas, we attended Christmas Markets, where we received some great feedback about our products and met some amazing people. Not only that, we received our first Brewery order, from none other than Lancaster Brewery. 

In January 2017 we exhibited with Arteria in their first exhibition of the year, and our first exhibition ever! ‘BUILD’ ran from January until May and was a great success for us. We love the Arteria ladies, so please do check out their website, shop and gallery if you haven’t before – they are incredibly supportive and sell really beautiful items.

On April 1st, also known as April Fools’ Day, we decided to play a prank on our social media following, with our ‘Luxury French Polished Firewood’; needless to say it went down a treat and fooled a lot of people! Not sure we’ll be able to top that next year…

William Firth Woodcraft First Year of TradingJune saw us gain our first London stockist, The Collaborative Store. We still stock to The Collaborative Store now with a range of our products, including turned bowls and Kitchen Utensils and look forward to continuing to work with them in 2018.

Over the Summer, we exhibited at Leeds Craft Centre as part of their ‘Come Dine With Me’ exhibition and we are now featuring with Museums Sheffield as part of their ‘Handmade for Christmas’ Exhibition, which runs to January. We love being part of exhibitions as it’s a different way to get our work out there, so we look forward to doing more of this work in the future.

William Firth Woodcraft First Year of TradingAs we moved into Autumn, we received a request from none other than Bells of Lazonby to create a number of personalised Breadboards. These would be used as competition prizes for a social media giveaway (launched at the start of National Baking Week) with Booths Supermarket as a partner. We felt very honoured to supply such prestigious businesses, and the feedback from them has been fantastic.

As you may have already seen on the blog, in October we were accepted to attend the highly coveted Trade Show, Top Drawer. Held at Olympia London across three days, it attracts Buyers and Retailers from up and down the country, so we cannot wait to get there and show off our product range! Read more about this in full on our previous blog post, here.

Throughout our first year of trading we have gained a number of stockists, including Barton Grange, The Barn at Scorton, The Westmorland Family and more. We are so excited to see what 2018 brings where we will be expanding our product portfolio and working with more stockists.

William Firth Woodcraft First Year of TradingOver the year, we have also worked with a huge variety of Breweries creating products including Personalised Beer Caddies, Tap Handles and Beer Tasting Paddles. To build on this success, we are attending the Manchester Beer & Cider Festival Trade Fair in January, so look forward to meeting more Breweries there!

As a final ‘tick in the box’ to end our first year of trading, we found out in November that we have been accepted to the incredible Not on the High Street. A full blog post will come out on January about this, but for now, all we can say is we are launching an exclusive range of personalised products that we can’t wait to share with you!

We’d like to take this opportunity to thank every person that has worked with us in our first year of trading, bought from us, followed us, ‘liked’ us and visited our website. It’s been an incredible year for us and we are so excited for our future; we have so many grand plans and can’t wait to get going… after that break, obviously!

We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year – see you in 2018!

Will & Jess x

Top Drawer 2018

William Firth Woodcraft Set to Attend Top Drawer 2018

We are ecstatic to be able to tell you all that we have been accepted for Top Drawer 2018, which is held in London from January 14-16. We are featuring within the ‘Spotted’ section are will be ready to welcome you at Stand SP221.

Top Drawer is a major international trade show, encompassing a wide variety of suppliers and makers from design-led gifts, to lifestyle, fashion and accessories. Held twice a year, we are attending the January event, ‘Top Drawer Spring’ held at Olympia London. As well as bringing together leading UK and International brands, it also gives new designers and makers an opportunity to exhibit within the ‘Spotted’ section of the show, and that is exactly where we will be placed.

We will be taking our complete range of products down to Top Drawer 2018 and are very excited to meet a variety of different people throughout the course of the show. With almost one thousand exhibitors, it is sure to be a fantastic event (and a huge one!). More than 10,000 visitors are set to attend to browse the suppliers as well as attend masterclasses, talks and ‘Academy Live’ sessions.Top Drawer 2018

For more information, don’t hesitate to say hello and get in touch.

William Firth Woodcraft’s Non-Black-Friday-Black-Friday-Sale!

Black Friday SaleWe’re under no illusion that the country goes crazy for a Black Friday sale, but we’re not really into all that. Whilst we’re not big fans of it, we do however want to let our valued customers know how much we appreciate your support, and to say thank you for following our journey through 2017, we are offering 20% off ALL of our products from midnight Thursday 23rd November to Sunday 26th November 2017.

All of our products on our online shop will be available to purchase and all you need to do is use the code ‘Christmas17’ at checkout to take advantage of the discount. As you’ll probably know by now, we also offer free delivery on all orders over £50 so why not tick several people off your Christmas list in one go, and take advantage?

Whether it’s a Wonky Serving Board for your Mum, a Personalised Beer Caddy for your Brother or a Cake Knife for your best friend, you are sure to find something to suit everyone in our shop. And if you’re working to a budget, why not check out our Christmas Gift Guide? We have you covered for Gifts Under £20, Gifts Under £50 and Gifts Under £100.

For more information, don’t hesitate to get in touch, and happy shopping!

Handmade Personalised Beer & Cider Caddies

Handmade Personalised Beer & Cider Caddies – 20% Discount

Since we launched our Handmade Personalised Beer & Cider Caddies earlier in the year, they very quickly became one of our most popular products. We love making them, and we especially love seeing all your weird and wonderful personalisation messages that clearly mean something very special to you (and often mean absolutely nothing to us!)

As well as working directly with our customers via our online shop, we also work with Breweries up and down the country, including Lancaster Brewery, Hammerton Brewery and many more.

Due to their popularity, and as we approach the Christmas season, we wanted to offer our valued customers 20% off both the six and eight bottle Caddies for this weekend only.

Handmade Personalised Beer & Cider Caddies

Handmade Personalised Beer & Cider CaddiesAll of our Caddies are produced from Beech, and 100% handmade, from start to finish, in our workshop in Scorton, Lancashire. The Caddies are etched on one side with your personalised message, and on the other side boasts a mounted bottle opener, perfect to open the beer bottles you put in it! The Caddies come in two sizes; 6 bottle holder and 8 bottle holder.

Our Caddies make the perfect gift at any time of year, but particularly at Christmas, and even more so for the ‘person who has everything’.

How to Order

To order your Caddy, head to our online shop where you will see the discount has already been added to the products and checkout as normal. Once you have checked out, email jess@williamfirthwoodcraft.co.uk with your personalisation message and we will send back your design for approval before sending to etch. But be quick! The offer will end midnight on Tuesday 7th November!

All of our Christmas orders will be sent via ‘signed for’ courier on or before 13th December 2017 to arrive in plenty of time before Christmas. Normal turnaround time is 7-10 working days; if you require your order prior to this, please email us before ordering.

We always offer free delivery on all orders over £50 too, so why not buy a couple and tick more presents off your Christmas list?