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REGIONALFOCUSNORTHEAST


Breathe in beauty FOR Jonny Javelin, being in North Yorkshire is simply fantastic, as he said: “Harrogate – what a place to live and work and, even better, working from an offi ce attached to your home. “We’ve got a great garden at the back of the home-offi ce overlooking the beautiful countryside so we try and get the girls in the offi ce to take 10 minutes every now and then to have a breather, and get away from looking at a computer screen!


“The situation within the country is pretty good in terms of getting around to trade shows and meeting up with the sales team and customers. “We also like to press pass all jobs and


we’re only 30 minutes from our printers so that is fundamentally, one of the most important aspects of being where we are. “With the Dales on our doorstep, and the Moors down the drive, Living here in Harrogate, we don’t just strive – we thrive!” T: 01423 563740 www.jonnyjavelin.co.uk


Hive of industry THE Juniper Tree Card Company publishes handmade, hand-fi nished luxury cards from original stitched artwork by Tanya Palmer. The eco-friendly designs have a country and shabby chic feel and celebrate all life’s special occasions big and small.


Based in the heart


of Yorkshire, Juniper Tree were lucky enough to receive funding from the Arts Council’s Creative Industries Fund piloted in London and Yorkshire.


“Living and working


in Yorkshire is fantastic – I always intended


to source materials and manufacturing as near to the studio as possible but I’ve been amazed by the amount of manufacturers and services available all within Yorkshire itself. “It’s a truly thriving hive of industry and it is wonderful to be able to support other Yorkshire businesses and help to keep our eco footprint small at the same time.” T: 07854 247554 www.junipertreecards.com


Getting on her bike CYCLISTS racing through the towns and countryside on this year’s Tour De France route through Yorkshire make up the latest card range from Abundant Glass. In creating her 14 bold and vibrant designs


for the Yorkshire Cyclist Collection, Jane O’Neill has attempted to marry the key features of her local landscape of hills and mill towns with her passion for cycling. Glass artist Jane produced glass coasters to commemorate the Tour de France passing through her home town of Hebden Bridge which proved so popular she used the images as limited prints and 150x150mm greetings cards. T: 01422 885880 www.abundantglass.co.uk


There’s no better place to be THERE’S no better place in the UK to


run a business than Harrogate, that’s the view of Mike Partridge who moved to the North Yorkshire spa town from the south in the early 1980s and, with brother John, set up humorous card specialist Peartree Heybridge a few years later. Mike said: “Apart from all the advantages of living and working in such a great little town just a short drive from some of the UK’s most beautiful countryside, we have the very best printers, component suppliers, graphic designers and artists on our doorstep. “And it’s not just us. There’s a host of


other card companies large and small within a few miles.


“Actually, that’s a bit tongue in cheek, because the truth is there are other parts of the country where the same applies. And modern communications being what they are, it doesn’t really matter where you are located. “But here in the North it does seem easier to slow down a bit and strike the right work-life balance. And for sure, this certainly helps the creative juices fl ow. “We get treats too with trips to the big cities for the trade shows and fancy dos like the Retas, the Henries and the trade association get-togethers!” T: 01423 876311 www.peartreeheybridge.co.uk


Coastal influence SHORTLISTED for the Henries most promising young designer award in 2013 and als last year’s winner of the Confessions Of A Design Geek bursary, Jessica Hogarth is based in Robin Hood’s Bay, North Yorkshire. The young designer has been heavily


infl uenced by her coastal upbringing in her work with fi shing boats, pretty coastal villages and beach- themed illustrations on many of her cards. More recently, Jessica has expanded her range and now offers a wide variety of designs covering all manner of occasions and themes as well as launching a licensed Christmas gift wrap and bag range with Deva Designs this year. Being shortlisted for a Henries award was an


exciting moment for Jessica, and she looks forward to developing her greetings range further to expand her client base. T: 07786 906648 www.jessicahogarth.com


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