Here at The Natural Fibre Company in the heart of Launceston, we are very proud of our highly skilled, expert team of people. Our textile industry trained engineers and specialist finishers have been trained in-house. We have almost 100 years of experience of processing wool so you can be assured that your fleece is in very good hands and that we can be trusted to add value to your product in order to provide the highest quality possible.
Our office is small but very productive with everyone helping to ensure that we provide an efficient and quality service to our regular and new customers.
June is our General Manager and Co-ordinator overseeing all the operations and working on scheduling in particular. She is assisted by Karen, our office administrator.
Beki is our Commission Spinning Marketing Executive for the Natural Fibre Company, dealing with our commission spinning customers and helping them develop projects and market their yarns.
The Blacker Yarns team is led by Kamila, the Brand Manager who is focussed on developing and expanding the Blacker Yarns offer, extending our social media activity and blogging. Kamila speaks several languages including English, Polish, Russian and some Czech.
Emma provides Marketing Support to The Natural Fibre Company and Blacker Yarns as well as helping in the warehouse with the processing of orders and packing when it is very busy.
The Mill Team consists of James, the carding engineer & his apprentice Karol, along with the spinning staff, Ryan, April and Nelly. Robbie is the king of sorting and is helped by Damien, our newest recruit. This group handles production up to the finishing stage.
Lowri, Beth, Wendy Tom and Tay ply, wash, reel, wind and ball-wind the yarns with help from the rest of the team as well. Lowri is currently on maternity leave.
In December 2019, Colin Spencer Halsey and Graham Higgins bought the business and became the current Board of Directors. Colin is the Operations Director and Graham is the Commercial Director. Both Colin and Graham are Westcountry based and have extensive business expertise in manufacturing and accounting. They have exciting plans for The Natural Fibre Company and Blacker Yarns to develop and prosper in the future and you can read more here.
We outsource services when we need to and when appropriate. Freelance and part-time staff help us with photography, information technology and maintaining the website and we regularly have the support and inspiration of student interns, helping with Blacker Yarns operations. We also engage a range of consultants to support our day to day activities including the previous owner, Sue Blacker who has a wealth of knowledge of the wool and farming industry.
We’re a friendly team of people and we love to talk about yarn so do get in touch if we can help you in anyway.