Happy new year Blanket Lovers, Bethan here! Hopefully this finds you snuggled-up away from the January chill. With the Christmas rush behind us and in another lockdown, we have a chance to reflect and make exciting new plans for The British Blanket Company in the year ahead. Thank you so much for continuing to support small businesses when you shop locally and online, it really does make a huge difference to a family business like ours.
I’d love to give you a quick hint of some of the exciting plans afoot for The British Blanket Company in 2021 as we continue to grow and bring you the best range of wool throws online. Remember to join our mailing list to keep up to date with our news and get special VIP access to launches, discounts and more.
With your support over the last five years, we’re expanding our small family business and creating new job opportunities for local people. This seems a perfect time for you to meet the team (both old and new) with more new members joining us in the coming months. When you contact The British Blanket Company by email, phone or social media, these are the lovely people on the end of the line helping you find the perfect blanket for your home. Meet our new team here.
As an online business, The British Blanket Company has been crucial in helping British weaving mills stay afloat during the struggles of lockdown. When the bricks-and-mortar shops and tailors had to close, many of their orders dried up. Thanks to your amazing support for The British Blanket Company, we’ve been able to help our mills keep the looms running and keep talented weavers employed. Britain’s weaving heritage is so precious and we’re determined to do all we can to help it survive. Thank you for continuing to order from us so we can order from them!
Our Special Edition British Birds collection was a great success in 2020 and we also launched an expanded range of XL throws for king size beds in response to customer demand. In 2021 we’ll be introducing another Special Edition collection, plus more exclusive designs and colours than ever before. Stay tuned for gorgeous new patterns, fresh colourways and cosy new weaves arriving on The British Blanket Company website over the coming months.
Did you know that the very first blankets were produced in our home city of Bristol? Historians suggest that a heavily napped woollen fabric was pioneered by Thomas Blanquette, a Flemish weaver who lived in Bristol in the 14th century. Over time, lengths of this cloth became known as ‘blankets’.
In 2021 we’ll be getting more involved in supporting our fellow Bristol businesses and highlighting our favourites to you. Wherever you live, there are so many ways to support small businesses in your area, even without buying. A little conscious spending and sharing by us all will help local businesses weather the storm ensure there’s still a lovely selection of independent shops to buy from in the post-coronavirus world.
We’re working our socks off to get our shop back on track to accept EU orders following the difficult decision to pause European sales earlier this month. We really love our EU customers and want to give you smooth and fast delivery, which just hasn’t been possible with the disruption and delays all the couriers and border agencies are experiencing at the moment. As soon as we can be confident of resuming great service, EU orders will be activated once again. Thanks for bearing with us!