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New Ilkley businesses nominated for award

Community Cutlery and Little Beacon have been nominated for the 'High Street Shop' award in The Independent Awards 2021.

Both businesses share their shop which opened in Summer 2021 on Leeds Road in Ilkley. Each operates primarily as a shop, but both the spaces function as working studios for the businesses: with knife and tool sharpening at Community Cutlery, and a hand block printing textile and design studio at Little Beacon.

Gareth from Community Cutlery said: “It would mean a lot for us to progress to the final 6 so we’re doing what we can to encourage people from the local community to cast their votes and help us make it.”

Community Cutlery, founded by Gareth Heaton & Georgina Richmond; is a knife, kitchen and homewares shop: specialising in helping people find and maintain beautiful items for the kitchen, purpose made to do a great job. Cared for correctly these items will last a lifetime, which is where the sharpening and restoration workshop comes in handy: they keep a keen edge to your knives, scissors, secateurs, and any number of other sharp-edged tools.

Little Beacon, founded by Rachel Walker is a hand block printed textile brand with pieces designed for the smallest member of the family, to the biggest. Honouring nature, products are developed ethically, created with love, to be used for years and handed down. Alongside Rachel's textiles printed on site, the shop includes a carefully considered selection of hand crafted homewares, gifts for kids, new parents and those looking to bring a little piece of calm to the home.

Gareth, Georgina & Rachel will soon be hosting a regular series of workshops, pop-ups with local businesses and community events. Opening hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 10:00-17:00.


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