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BLUE PATCH

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Denby Pottery Company Handcrafted by artisans for over 200 years Beautiful, Versatile & Durable denbypottery.com


Dear Readers, I have always been drawn to good design. An artist by training and an educator by trade, it was only a matter of time before my love for well-designed products collided with the need to take steps against climate change. This is why I created Bluepatch.Org, a website filled with beautiful, sustainable lifestyle products and services from across the British Isles. Blue Patch has exhibited at London Design Fair for three years now. Each of the displays has been a small peek into a platform where people are united by a common love for provenance and sustainability. Our businesses desire to make an impact while building deeper, more personal relationships with customers. This year, I am delighted to introduce to you our very first print catalogue. Within these pages you will discover talented brands and service providers, read about the people behind the products and discover rising stars in sustainable business. You'll also learn more about Blue Patch and all that we do. I hope you enjoy what we've created. Jane Langley September 2019

Jane Langley, Founder and CEO of Blue Patch bluepatch.org

*Blue Patch is a company limited by guarantee with no shareholders. Find out more at bluepatch.org Printed on recycled paper with water based inks in the UK.


The Blue Patch Collective at London Design Fair


BLUE PATCH PRESENTS SUSTAINABLE BRITISH BRANDS AT LONDON DESIGN FAIR 2019.

Blue Patch is delighted to announce that it will be exhibiting thirteen of its most exceptional sustainable brands at London Design Fair this year. The event will take place from the 19th to the 22nd of September 2019 at the Old Truman Brewery in Shoreditch, London as part of the iconic London Design Festival.

Peter Lanyon Furniture Denby Pottery Raw Studio Full Grown Aline Johnson Glass Design Camilla Thomas Textiles Hatton Willow Edward Bulmer Natural Paint The Poured Project Melin Tregwynt Wade Namon Gaston Atkinson & Kirby


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CELEBRATING TALENT ACROSS THE BRITISH ISLES AND BEYOND Blue Patch was founded in 2014 as an ethical collective with a focus on exceptional products that are made locally. Our members include Cumbrian weavers, Shropshire chair-makers, Stoke potteries, London bakers, Glasgow bee-savers, Cardiff shoemakers, Manchester fashionistas and many more.

DISCOVER INSPIRINGLY FINE BRANDS Browse bluepatch.org, find your favourite brands in our collective, go straight to their website and buy directly from them - easy! Buying fine things made locally not only helps to cut carbon miles but also encourages sustainable methods of production and supports the economy.

INVESTING IN RENEWABLE ENERGY Our ethos sets the Blue Patch Collective apart. Every penny of our profit funds renewable energy and conservation initiatives. This year we invested in Brighton Energy Cooperative’s Solar Schools. We also work with Tree Nation to plant trees for every member that joins or renews responding to the climate emergency in a practical way!

IT’S THE POWER OF POSITIVE BUSINESS!

Browse the catalogue to discover some of our members


Camilla Thomas Textiles Beautiful woven textiles for your home, designed by the coast and made in England. camillathomastextiles.com Designed in Wales, Made in England


Aline Johnson Glass Design Kilnformed statement glass lighting and vessels to commission. alinejohnson.co.uk London

Ian Dunn Woodwork & Design A British independent cabinetmaker and design studio. iandunn.com London

By Lisa Watson Authentically British quilts, cushions and more for your home. quiltsbylisawatson.co.uk Greater Manchester

Edward Bulmer Natural Paint Painting the future with plastic free paint. edwardbulmerpaint.co.uk Herefordshire


Peter Lanyon Furniture - Sustainable furniture for a more beautiful world. peterlanyonfurniture.co.uk | South Devon

Chilli Penguin - Engineering on fire. chillipenguin.co.uk | Pwllheli, North Wales


Namon Gaston Sustainable furniture handcrafted in Scotland. namongaston.com Edinburgh

Madder Clutch & Co. Original textile designs. Sustainably sourced plant dyes, hand screen-print on linen, to order. maddercutchandco.com Lincolnshire

Natural Bed Co. - Solid wood beds and bedside tables, handmade in Sheffield from sustainably sourced timber. naturalbedcompany.co.uk | Yorkshire


Melin Tregwynt A working woollen mill and family company weaving in Wales since 1912. melintregwynt.co.uk Pembrokeshire, Wales.

Eco Flooring - Reclaimed Parquet Flooring Specialists. ecoflooringuk.com | North Yorkshire


Katie Walker Furniture. As collectible as it is comfortable. Beautifully hand crafted in the UK. katiewalkerfurniture.com West Sussex

Abaca Organic mattresses handmade in Wales. Sleep as nature intended. abacaorganic.co.uk Carmarthenshire

Cave & Castle Hand printed fabrics for interior furnishings and fashion accessories. caveandcastle.co.uk Devon

Atkinson & Kirby Floors that define your space. akirby.co.uk Cheshire


Lin Lovekin Baskets Handmade woven lampshades and willow baskets, commissions and interiors. linlovekinbaskets.co.uk Cornwall

The Stitch Society Artisan Workwear. Simple. Stylish. Durable. thestitchsociety.com | Yorkshire

Janet Tod Paintings and prints. (Detail of painting). janettod.co.uk London

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Wade Producing luxury ceramics since 1810. wade.co.uk Staffordshire

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BlueHanded Ltd Hand-crafted natural indigo soft furnishings & fabrics. bluehanded.co.uk Designed in London; Asian artisan-made Global Impact member

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Jane Langley Paintings. bluepatch.org London

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Julia Langley Original paintings and limited edition archival prints. jklangley.com London


Factory Furniture - Design - Create - Collaborate. Contemporary Street Furniture | factoryfurniture.co.uk | Oxfordshire

Eco Alex We create green roofs: rich in wildlife, beautiful to see. Ecoalex.com London

Wolfam Lohr Leather accessories and bespoke solutions made with vegetable tanned leather from Europe. wolframlohr.com East Sussex


4160 Tuesdays We handmake adventurous fragrances, and we’ll refill your bottles. 4160tuesdays.com London


Karen Henriksen Hats for men and women, designed and made in London. karenhenriksen.co.uk

Rose Fulbright Celebrating art, colour and print through exclusive textile designs for loungewear, beachwear and accessories. rosefulbright.com | London

Helen Chatterton Textiles City on Cloth Map scarves, also Harris Tweed Collection. helenchattertontextiles.co.uk Merseyside

Sails and Canvas Original lifestyle products and bespoke projects hand made from recycled sailcloth and colourful marine canvas. sailsandcanvas.co.uk | Devon


Investing Ethically - Invest with a conscience, financial planning for the ethically minded. Investing Ethically Ltd is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. investing-ethically.co.uk | Norfolk

In the Right Light A picture is worth a thousand words

Professional photography for websites and social media

Alice and Anna can help your business stand out

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In the Right Light - Professional photography for websites and social media intherightlight.co.uk | London


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Calling business owners to join us for breakfast: Blue Patch HQ , 38 Beckwith Rd, Dulwich London SE24 9LG November 7th 2019 8:30 - 10:30 am RSVP: membership@bluepatch.org Limited to 40 places

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Our Blue Patch World

Vanessa from Copper Dust. Photo: In The Right Light


Blue Patch Gives Back Blue Patch is a social enterprise. 100% of our company profits are used to help the environment and create green jobs. We’re delighted to announce our first purchase of renewable energy shares in Brighton Energy Cooperative via Ethex, a platform that makes it easy to invest in good things! Brighton Energy focuses on community-owned renewable energy systems. This particular investment will support a Solar School in Sussex.

We’re so pleased that Blue Patch has become a member of Brighton Energy Coop. Social enterprises investing in one another to support financially robust and long-term community energy projects is not just about being sustainable - it makes financial sense too. We need to take action on the climate crisis, and we’re very grateful that Blue Patch have done just that. Will Cottrell, Chairman, Brighton Energy Coop.

We celebrate new members joining the Blue Patch Collective or renewing their membership by planting a tree in India through Tree-Nation, a citizen solution to climate change. The trees we chose are home to the endangered Slender Loris. Slender Loris suffer a threat from poachers due to the misplaced belief that these animals have magical and medicinal powers, and also due to the illegal pet trade.


Blue Patch’s Travelling Sustainable Department Store

The Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester

Coming your way in 2020 Blue Patch members are appearing in museums, trade fairs, in shops and pop-ups on the high street and other high-footfall areas. In March 2019 we curated a 3 week showcase at the Whitworth Art Gallery, part of the University of Manchester. We’ll be announcing two exciting locations in 2020. Sign up to our newsletter for details - see you there!

Eve from Bundlee at the Whitworth. Photo: Helena Lee

Espacio Gallery, Shoreditch. Photo: Nemo Roberts

Interested in a Blue Patch project? Please contact membership@bluepatch.org + 44 (0)20 7738 7267


The Blue Patch Sustainable Business Awards James from Risdon & Risdon and judge Jo Taylor Winner, New Business Award 2017 Photo: In the right light


The Blue Patch Sustainable Business Awards

Launched in 2016, these awards are a celebration of the achievements of small businesses, social enterprises and not-for-profits working in the fields of sustainability, social and environmental impact and the circular economy. Free to enter, the awards recognise excellence and bring business owners together, helping them gain visibility to a wider audience and build their network. Sign up to Blue Patch’s newsletter to find out the winners of the 2019 awards and stay in touch for future awards announcements.

Hotel School - Winner Social Impact Award 2018

Deakin & Blue - Winner Sustainable Innovation Award 2018

The Blue Patch Awards are generously supported by Gold Patrons: Thrive Renewables and Naturesave. With special thanks to our category Sponsors: Denby, Reliance Bank, EQ Investors and Bouncepad. If you’re interested in sponsorship opportunities for 2020 please get in touch. marketing@bluepatch.org


What our judges say

The Blue Patch Sustainable Business Awards are a great opportunity for small businesses to get the recognition they deserve. Whether they adopt eco-friendly initiatives or are developing sustainable business practices that are better for the future of our communities and planet, I am thrilled to be on the judges panel to discover what they’ve been up to. As this award is free to enter, any company, no matter how small, can apply for the opportunity for this recognition. The award is a great way to encourage and inspire green initiatives for business that are forward-thinking enough to care. Oliver Heath Oliver Heath Design oliverheath.com

It’s such a pleasure to judge The Blue Patch Sustainable Business Awards. I’m always inspired and amazed by the brilliant businesses that apply and often add them to my personal list of ones to watch or support. The awards are a great way not only to gain credibility for your business but also to gain exposure and meet new likeminded people in your industry. The Blue Patch collective is all about supporting and creating together and these awards are a big part of that legacy. Whether it’s creating positive social change within a community or coming up with innovative ways to support the circular economy, if you’re in business to make an impact then these awards need to be on your radar. Natalia Komis Intuitive Business Mentor Founder of Remote Mission nataliakomis.com


The Shortlist 2019 New Business Award: Sponsored by Bouncepad For businesses under 2 years old 1 Tree Cards Boy Wonder Bundlee Ride Clean Tinkebu

New Heritage Award: For businesses under 10 years old Britannical Hatton Willow Love Heartwood Maria Sigma Nafisi Studios The Circular Economy Award:

Sustainable Innovation Award: Sponsored by Denby Pottery Delphis Eco Ecospheric Eco Tooth Ltd Full Grown That’s Caffeine The Social Impact Award: Sponsored by Reliance Bank Cracked It FabricWorks London Ignition Brewery Ltd NEMI Teas Time & Talents The Global Impact Award: Sponsored by EQ Investors

Bio Collector DappR Aviation Menestho Milestone Design Ltd Odyssey Innovation Female Business Leader Award: Andrea Gamson - Social Starters Chris Billinghurst - House of Upcycling Rosie Ginday - Miss Macaroon Sarah McCartney - 4160 Tuesdays Susie McDonald - Tender Education & Arts The People’s Prize......check out Blue Patch’s blog to cast your vote.

Artisanne Liberation Foods Stroodles Where does it come from?

The 2019 Awards party Will be on October 3rd at the Art Workers Guild: We look forward to welcoming our guests, including shortlisted brands, judges and sponsors to a pop-up showcase by the shortlist.


From Yorkshire to New York

Well done Bluepatch for being on the leading edge of the curve. And thanks for promoting Laura’s Loom. I have to say that of all the groups I’ve joined (and left) over the years the only group that I feel really cares about my business is Blue Patch. You’re always finding ways to help promote your members, in a way that I haven’t experienced with any other marketing group. It makes being a member more than worthwhile. So many thanks for that too.

Laura of Laura’s Loom, an artisan weaver from Sedbergh in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales won the Blue Patch New Heritage Award in 2017. This was presented at London Design Fair, which led to Laura taking a look around and deciding to exhibit on the Blue Patch stand in 2018. Laura’s beautifully woven blankets were an instant attraction, with visitors stepping in to the display to run their hands over them admiringly. Nina from Top Hat, an artisanal store in New York , spotted Laura’s work at London Design Fair and had this to say: ‘I do actually remember seeing it for the first time very clearly – something very quiet in a loud place. The blankets are so beautiful, we’re very happy to have them with us in New York – also a very loud place. I imagine the eventual owners will feel something of the magic with which they were made.’


What our members have to say

I love Blue Patch’s energy, It’s the ‘go get em girls’ we don’t take no for an answer, I bloody love it. For me this is hugely inspirational and nothing is impossible.

Mandie Beuzeval Designer and founder of Beuzeval Furniture photo: In The Right Light

Blue Patch are always championing what’s best in sustainability in the UK and at the forefront of environmental initiatives. 5 years on Blue Patch remains fresh and forward thinking, always moving onward and never resting on its laurels. I love being a member of the Blue Patch collective as I like being part of a friendly supportive group of sustainable British businesses who wish to provide quality, well made, thoughtful and not mass produced British goods for you.

Lisa Watson Quilt Maker & founder of By Lisa Watson


See yourself in the world of Blue Patch too?

We’d love to get to know you. Here at Blue Patch we’re all about supporting sustainable and ethical brands from across the British Isles and beyond in whatever way we can. Be it online or offline we love talking about Blue Patch brands that are making a difference in their own unique way. Use our badge to showcase your involvement and alignment with like minded brands, get access to exciting business opportunities, network with other inspiring brands, plant trees in your name and help us fund renewable energy projects all at the same time!

Join the movement. membership@bluepatch.org

It’s been a real pleasure to work with Blue Patch over the years and see how it has grown and developed. Blue Patch is a wonderful advocate for ethical manufacturing, and a constant reminder that sustainable products can also be beautiful, well designed and a real treat!

Paula and Caro Whiteside Managing Directors of the Natural Bed Company


Meet our Patrons

Thrive Renewables

Naturesave Insurance

“Thrive Renewables exists to connect people to clean energy projects, providing a rewarding relationship with the UK’s transition to a cleaner, smarter energy system. We identify with Blue Patch’s mission to connect up vibrant, sustainable businesses across the country. We are both raising consciousness and empowering a growing community of individuals to bring about change.”

“Naturesave’s ethos is to use insurance to promote sustainability, so we are delighted with our Blue Patch partnership and hope that we can help their community of creative businesses become even more sustainable.”

Matthew Clayton. MD Thrive Renewables Ltd. thriverenewables.co.uk Twitter: @Thrive_R Facebook: @ThriveRenewables

Matthew Van Den Elst, Director, Naturesave. Naturesave insure the Blue Patch Collective. naturesave.co.uk Twitter@WeAreNaturesave Facebook: @NaturesaveInsurance

Would you like to be a Patron? We’d love to give you more information. Please contact membership@bluepatch.org


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Whether it’s for security or to help blend tech seamlessly into your store, our range of enclosures prepare tablets perfectly for commercial spaces. Loved by McDonald’s, Selfridges and Tommy Hilfiger, our products are trusted by some of the biggest names in retail and hospitality.

Renowned for their sleek design and robust build, Bouncepad products turn tablets into amazing business tools. Find out more at: bouncepad.com/ bluepatch Get in touch: hello@bouncepad.com


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Blue Patch Magazine for Sustainable Business. Edition 1 2019.  

Blue Patch's very first mini-magazine showcases a selection of members of our ethical business collective. Have a browse and discover beau...

Blue Patch Magazine for Sustainable Business. Edition 1 2019.  

Blue Patch's very first mini-magazine showcases a selection of members of our ethical business collective. Have a browse and discover beau...

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