2019 Prize awarded to Sarah Turner, Little Beau Sheep.
The Worshipful Company of Woolmen and The Company of Merchants of The Staple of England were pleased to announce the winner of the 2019 Wool Innovation Prize.
Worth up to £10,000, the Prize is an annual award available to the individual who shows the most innovative use of wool in any commercially viable application.
Robert Hall, Chairman of the of the Staple’s charitable trust commented: “We are delighted to award Little Beau Sheep our 2019 Wool Innovation Award, which we hope can help Sarah drive further growth in the business. She has exciting plans in the pipeline for her business and we are immensely proud to support her.”
“The goal of the Wool Innovation Prize is to drive innovation in the UK and support British craft. Sarah’s business really impressed us. It combines the use of wool in every day products whilst allowing consumers to be more eco-friendly”, noted Peter Ackroyd, member of the Woolmen and COO of HRH The Prince of Wales’ Campaign for Wool.
Peter Hullah, Chairman of the Worshipful Company of Woolmen Charity Committee, added: “The Woolmen are delighted to be working in partnership with the Staple to award this significant prize. Sarah is a worthy winner and we look forward to supporting her as she takes her innovative business, which focusses on putting wool to good use, to the next level commercially.
As Sarah herself says: “This marks the start of a very exciting journey. The prize will allow me to further the work I have begun using British Wools and to help me develop machinery to automate the production of my laundry products. This will allow me to develop and grow the business to keep up with increased demand for the products.“
You can learn more about Sarah, Little Beau Sheep and her range of products at www.littlebeausheep.com