The new owners of The Natural Fibre Company and Blacker Yarns are celebrating a successful first year, despite the challenges of trading during the COVID-19 pandemic.
It’s been business as usual for this Cornish based company which was bought by Westcountry based businessmen, Colin Spencer Halsey and Graham Higgins in December 2019. The partners bring more than 40 years of business expertise with them and hold an impressive track record of strategic mentoring and turning around a range of businesses with their management, manufacturing and accounting knowhow.
Following the smooth transition of ownership in 2019, The Natural Fibre Company and sister company, Blacker Yarns continue to go from strength to strength - providing job security for the 20 strong, highly skilled, local workforce.
Operations Director, Colin has attained many prestigious industry accolades and awards during his career including business listings in The Manufacturer’s Top 100 businesses and South West Fast Growth 75. Colin says:
‘The potential to support and make an impact on a traditional British manufacturing company really appealed to me. There is no doubt that COVID-19 has brought unforeseen challenges this year, but we have a clear strategy going forward to strengthen our position by implementing new structures, as well as investing in our amazing people, systems and processes. We also aim to automate some of our manual processes, further develop our research and development work in textiles with partners and overall to continue to increase productivity. We’ll also be looking to expand our workforce further and to place traction behind the business’.
As a leading natural fibre specialist providing support to local farmers and yarn producers, The Natural Fibre Company maintains its reputation for adding value to fleece by blending high quality regional and rare wool, mohair and alpaca with natural fibres such as silk and linen. Whilst the sister company, Blacker Yarns produces a range of contemporary, high-quality, breed-specific yarns in a large variety of colour palettes, made exclusively from British sheep and demonstrating provenance to the ethical consumer.
Commercial Director, Graham adds:
‘We believe in the social values of our organic processing accreditation and the importance of the British manufacturing industry and our role supporting farming, the countryside and the environment. It’s a very exciting time’.