Craft Focus - October/November 2022 (Issue 93)

57 PROFILE the education sector. Everyone needs a pair of scissors and a needle and thread. How often do you launch new ranges? We always introduce our suppliers new ranges, and our in-house button offering is added to twice a year. How would you advise a retailer who is interested in stocking your products? Initially, to see our ranges we ask retailers and manufacturers to sign up for the website at and apply for a trade account. Once the relevant entitlement checks have been carried out and passed confirmation, an email will be sent which will enable the prices to be seen and orders placed. We think it’s the best and easiest way to order threads online as all colours are on one page. Customers can also order half and quarter boxes of DMC threads which has helped keep their spinners looking good without huge invoices! What sets you apart from your competitors? It’s a tricky question but our mandate of old-fashioned values, coupled with a modern efficient service is our way. Thread ordering on our website has been very popular. Do you visit any trade shows? Do you plan to visit any soon? We regularly attend CHSI Stitches at the NEC. What are you looking forward to most over the next year? I think getting back to some sort of normal would be great. Hopefully the supply chain will become a bit more resilient and reliable so we can carry on providing our service. Oh, and at the time of writing this a spot of rain would be nice! What new products can we expect from you in the future? We’re looking at two fantastic new brands that want to launch in the UK so maybe those. There’s lots of work to be done first though. PHILIP STAMP & CO LTD +44 (0)1473 657 770