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Sara wins two major awards!



2013-button-winnerDURHAM-born Sara Davies (29), founder of manufacturing company Crafter’s Companion, has scooped a Shell Women of the Future Award for Entrepreneur of the Year at the annual ceremony held in London.

Sara fought off stiff competition from co-founder of augmented reality business Blippar and owner of Snap Fashion amongst other high-profile businesses. This is the second esteemed award win for Sara after she earlier this week took home an international Stevie® Award for Women in Business from a glamorous event held in New York City.

The Women of the Future Awards, in association with Shell, are the platform for successful young women in Britain today. Now in its eighth year, the awards continue to unearth and recognise the inspirational stars of tomorrow across diverse sectors and are intended to inspire the next generation of female leaders.

On speaking of Sara, Judges commented:
Sara has built an extremely solid and sustainable business.
• It has huge international potential.
• It is rooted in the UK with British manufacturing at its heart.
• She is personally a champion of her region.
• They described her as a true entrepreneur.

On winning the awards, she said: “I’m genuinely shell-shocked. I can’t believe in the space of a week I have won a Stevie and a Shell award, both are world recognised and there was fiercely tough competition so I feel very privileged. They will definitely take pride of place in the awards cabinet in the office.

“I couldn’t have built Crafter’s Companion into the business it is today if it wasn’t for my family’s support and of course my fantastic team, so these awards are recognition for all of us. I’m so proud of what we have achieved over the past eight years and I’m really excited about the future of the company.”


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As well as running Crafter’s Companion, Sara is the current board chair at the Craft Hobby Association UK, an angel investor with Gabriel Investors and acts as a business mentor through Entrepreneurs’ Forum and UKTI.

Along with its site in County Durham, the company also now has sites in the US and mainland Europe. The business has had a stellar year, increasing its staff count to around 60 with the addition of a sales team based in Holland to cater for the Benelux region.

15 thoughts on “Sara wins two major awards!”

  • eleanor freelove

    I am so pleased for you Sarah .. you have worked so hard to get where you are and deserve the woman of the future 2013. a pleasure to know you ..

  • Wendy

    Wel done Sara, we are so proud of you and also proud to be part of your company.
    You just never stop, keep on going but give time for your baby, which will be a well done rest.
    With lots of love


  • Gill Bottomley

    Congratulations Sara - you really do deserve these awards - the next one should be superwomen/supermum.

    You really do have a fantastic team that support you - especially Simon and your family - congratulations to all.

    You are one in a million.

    Love and best wishes to all

  • Christina Griffiths

    Well done Sara a much deserved win for your wonderful company. The quality of all the products available is amazing and I wish you all the best for your continued success in everything you do xx

  • Elizabeth Anne Greathead
    Elizabeth Anne Greathead 15th November 2013 at 5:01 pm

    Many congratulations. You certainly deserve it. Congratulations too to Simon and all your family and your colleagues who together with oyu continue to produce fantastic products.
    Very best wishes for continued success

    Elizabeth Anne Greathead

  • Joan Cutts

    Congratulations, Well done, you certainly deserve both awards, I know you work so hard as do all of your staff,
    I attend the Craftaganza every year and one can tell just how much the staff love and respect you, as a boss and a friend.
    You have done so well, I know Simon and your family will all be so proud.
    I do enjoy being part of Crafters companion at least once a year.

    Well done

    Joan Cutts MBE

  • Lynn MacAlister

    Well done Sara! It's so good to see hard work rewarded.
    Also, after all the problems the UK has faced over recent years, it's wonderful to see such a huge success that demonstrates Britain and British business at it's best. May you continue to go from strength to strength.

    Lynn MacAlister

  • Marg Briggs

    Congratulations Sara, you deserve them awards. You are looking blooming.

  • Jackie Durrant

    Many congratulations to you and all the team for such well deserved recognition

  • Kim Pritchard

    Wow, you must be over the moon, it's lovely to get recognition for all your hard work, you deserve it. May you carry on making crafting affordable for the masses. Well done you.

  • s pennell

    many congratulation on ur award and hope u av many more happy years ur bring loads of insperation tous all

  • Colleen

    Congratulation and well done Sara and all the team at Crafters Companion.

  • Bejay Roles

    Well done Sara and all the team. I can't think of a more deserving winner. I'm so proud of everyone at CC, it's so good to know that a British company is doing so well world-wide. You look radiant in the photos Sara, and well done for wearing 'sensible' shoes.

  • Charmayne Ferrier Brown
    Charmayne Ferrier Brown 2nd December 2013 at 12:04 am

    Well done Sarah and to all at Crafters Companion. I had assumed you were older Sarah. Not from your looks (you most certainly do not look older - please don't be offended!!), I just meant that, from all you have achieved, I assumed you had been in business for a long time before CC. It would be lovely to know more about how the business came about.

  • David Mitton

    congratulations on winning the awards ,it si the best crafting tool on the market bar none

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