Craft Focus - February / March 2021 (Issue 83)

12 Craft entrepreneur recognised nationally for success Susan Bonnar from Lee-on-the-Solent in Hampshire has this week been named as one of the UK’s most 100 inspirational female entrepreneurs by Small Business Britain’s f:Entrepreneur ‘#ialso100’ campaign. The British Craft House entrepreneur has been recognised for making a powerful contribution to society, the economy and communities. Susan who founded The British Craft House in 2019, is being showcased alongside 100 female entrepreneurs from across the UK, as part of the campaign’s recognition of the multi- achievements of women that have proved critical to society during the COVID-19 pandemic. The British Craft House is an online platform, which Susan launched just over a year ago, now supporting more than 500 independent artisans from all over the UK. The site’s growth has increased twenty-fold over the past six months, with the launch of an app being imminent. Now in its fourth year, f:Entrepreneur was launched in 2017 to highlight amazing female role models to help and inspire all small businesses, through content, stories and events. It particularly aims to showcase trailblazing female entrepreneurs that lead small businesses alongside a roster of other responsibilities, such as volunteering, mentoring and community support, activities. Indeed, Susan was also called out for her extensive fundraising, having raised money for the Make a Wish Foundation and BLESMA, (Limbless Veterans) by running three marathons, organising online auctions and gin tasting events. On being listed in the #ialso100, Susan said: “I’m thrilled to have been selected as one of the f:Entrepreneur #ialso100 for 2021. It’s a great opportunity to join forces with businesswomen in this campaign; highlighting, celebrating, and promoting female entrepreneurs. It is more important than ever to help make sure that small businesses survive and thrive in the current climate.” Both f:Entrepreneur and Small Business Britain were founded by Michelle Ovens CBE, who is also the director of Small Business Saturday UK. To see the full list of the 100 amazing women featured in this year’s f:entrepreneur #ialso100 campaign visit Search Press and the Electric Quilt Company partner up Search Press has been appointed the exclusive distributor from January 2021 for the USA-based Electric Quilt Company. Director of sales and marketing at Search Press, David Grant comments: “We’re thrilled to be working with the innovative and creative folk at the Electric Quilt Company. We’re well known for publishing and distributing books to the quilting market, but carrying the industry-leading EQ8 software and updates is an exciting new development for us. They also publish some great books too including the 3rd edition of Barbara Brackman’s renowned Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns which we’ll be releasing in February. We’re delighted to be starting 2021 with such an excellent partnership.” Ann Rutter, director of product development at The Electric Quilt Company, says “We’re excited to have our Electric Quilt 8 software and select book titles join the lists of Search Press, a leading publisher of quilting and sewing titles in the UK and Europe. Our EQ8 software works on a Mac or PC and allows users to design quilts; print rotary cutting charts, foundation paper piecing patterns; and templates at any size; import your own fabrics and much more! This new partnership will make it easier and faster for customers in the UK and the EU to get our products and start designing!” For all information regarding Electric Quilt Company products including pricing please contact Search Press at