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Whitchurch Silk, Hampshire England recognised in Hampshire Business Awards Final

By admin 03.12.2023

Whitchurch Silk Mill is amongst the cream of talent shortlisted for a ‘Made in Hampshire’ Award. This highly respected award recognises and celebrates the best in business and the people behind their success in Hampshire. They are a partnership between The Business Magazine and Hampshire County Council.

Whitchurch Silk Mill has been producing silk for over 200 years and for the last 35 years as a living museum on the banks of the River Test. It is the UK’s oldest working silk mill and the only place visitors can see silk weaving.

Over the last few years, the Mill has trained a team of Weaver Tacklers in the endangered craft of silk weaving and is producing its designs of silk scarves that sell out quickly and are soon to be stocked in a major national museum.

This highly respected awards programme recognises and celebrates the best in business and the people behind their success in Hampshire. The Made in Hampshire Award judges at the Hampshire Business Awards 2023 have selected Whitchurch Silk as a finalist. The awards ceremony is on 30th November at the Farnborough International Exhibition & Conference Centre.

Richard Thompson, Chief Executive of The Business Magazine Group, said, “The awards have received an extremely high number of entries, so many congratulations to those companies that have been identified as finalists.”

Other Hampshire business finalists in this category are AJ Wells & Sons, Blatchford, Dynamic Load Monitoring, In-space Missions, Lanzante, Pascoe International and Sugoi Campers.

The Weaver Tacklers at Whitchurch Silk Mill, a living museum, use Victorian and early 20th-century machinery to create beautiful artisan silk cloth using traditional silk weaving skills. From winding bobbins to hand twisting up to 10,996 ends of a new warp, each time-consuming step of the production process is done with care and attention to detail to ensure a beautifully crafted result.

Jess Bone, Operations Manager, said, “Our team of Weaver Tacklers is our greatest asset. They work tirelessly on heritage machinery to ensure the craft of silk weaving is preserved and that the silk they produce is of the finest quality, taking Whitchurch Silk to new markets worldwide. We know Whitchurch Silk is exceptional and are so pleased it has been recognised this way.”

Update: We were thrilled to be a finalist in the ‘Made in Hampshire’ category of the Hampshire Business Awards, beating many other entries to get to that stage. Whitchurch Silk is exceptional, and we were pleased this was recognised, but there was stiff competition from the other finalists, and we lost out to the similarly exceptional skills of Sugoi Campers.

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