The Abbey Information Exchange

Welcome to the Abbey Information Exchange. At Abbey we believe strongly in
continuous professional development and we’d like to do all we can to help
our customers, suppliers, colleagues – in fact everyone we know – develop
and grow. So in this forum we’re going to be sharing tips, articles, news,
videos, in fact anything and everything we think will give your personal and
professional efforts a boost.

The Abbey England Podcraft Episode 3: Heard about leather? Jo Heard, leatherworker to YouTube Star.

In this episode, we interview award-winning Saddler and leatherworker Jo Heard from J H Leather. Jo’s wealth of experience in the leathercraft and saddlery industry has enabled her to build up 40,000 YouTube subscribers. Jo tells us about how she got to where she is today and the challenges she faced along the way. 

How to grow your hobby and craft business online

If you’re not already claiming digital real estate for your craft or hobby business, do not fear. Ed Grey, Founder and Director of Lead In goes over the top-level methods you need to boost your online business profile. The foundations of ranking a website on Google relies on three key areas. These are keyword-focussed content, link-building and technical SEO.

The Abbey England Podcraft Episode 2: Biothane Belting with Scott Hanna

The Abbey England Podcraft episode 2 in now available. Listen to Biothane’s International Sales Manager Scott Hanna discuss the phenomenon behind Biothane belting and why more customers are choosing to make their goods from the PVC coated webbing

How to write a press release.

A press release is a great way of promoting your company, its products and services to a much wider audience. Once shared by an online or print publication, it can be seen by hundreds – sometimes thousands – of people, which can be highly beneficial to a business. Read this step-by-step guide now.

The Abbey England Podcraft Episode 1:Sedgwick Leather - premium price for premium leather

Listen to our podcast now. The Abbey England Podcraft is dedicated to sharing Industry insights with fellow supplier, customers and leading industry experts. Listen to guest host Business Development Manager, Jessica Aiers from Leather UK alongside Sedgwick Leather General Manager, Phil Bevington and Operations Manager, Mark Abraham. They discuss the reasons why Sedgwick leather is the best traditional English bridle leather on the market

8 courses to improve your leather skills.

Over past few months wehave seen an influx of new enquiries from novice leatherworkers who have had the desire and need to set up a side business to help ease their financial situation. For this reason, we list the top UK leather courses available in the UK today. All the information you need in one place including price, location and duration.


Product Liability insurance? We have you covered.

This week on the exchange, we want to discuss insurance and more particularly, product liability insurance (PLI). During the pandemic, we have seen a surge of individuals turning their hands to making leads and collars as a way of bringing in extra cash to their household. Although it is wonderful to see so many people engaging with leatherwork and crafts, this does, however, raise questions. Are the products I am making safe for distribution?

Apply for QEST scholarship funding of up to £18k

The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust or better known as QEST, will once again be taking applications this summer from individuals across the UK. Successful applicants will receive scholarships and apprenticeships of up to £18,000 to help fund vital training and education to sustain essential skills for over 140 craft disciplines including leatherwork and saddlery.

Receive a £500 grant from the HCA.

The Heritage Crafts Association (HCA) is offering grants of up to £500 for craftspeople operating as sole traders and small businesses to invest in something that will help make their business more sustainable during the COVID-19 pandemic. The grant can be used for market research, buy tools and equipment to make new products and for training and skill development.

Why content is key during COVID-19

Since the outbreak of the pandemic, businesses across the world have been forced to change how they work. Over the last month many of us have felt the disruption to our own marketing strategies and business models, but perhaps one thing that is comforting during these extraordinary times, we are all riding this wave together. New ways of thinking, adaptability and agility are all required to ensure businesses survive. However, what is apparent is that content (now more than ever) is crucial to our success. Big brands are flooding our social media with content competing for share of mind, while also reminding and reassuring consumers they can still fulfil our needs.