Three Bears Yarn
The Three Bears Yarn really is something of a fairy tale!
It is the infant company of Blackburn Yarn Dyers and was the result of the firm climbing out of a prickly period and using the newly-born business to tap into a niche market serving independent textile retailers. It is the proud bearer of the Made In Britain stamp of approval and is also proud to be maintaining its parent company’s use of traditional skills in an ever-changing world.
The managing director of Blackburn Yarn Dyers Anthony Green is also MD of Three Bears and and its name is a derivative of his former nickname Green Bear!
Their reason for joining the East Lancashire Hospice Corporate Challenge are obviously the same as for the entry of Blackburn Yarn Dyers, but the only difference is that Three Bears only has three employees – one of the smallest teams in the competition.
Initially, Three Bears was started by two staff members transferred over from Blackburn Yarn Dyers. Then after another local textile company Herbert Parkinson closed its weaving section, one of their designers Ayesha Howarth bolstered the Three Bears’ team.
Anthony said: “A couple of years ago we had the idea to add a retail arm to the business, something alien to us being a commission dyer for over 100 years”! We decided to dye yarn that we could sell under our own name rather than just selling yarn to be sold under other brands.
“The idea was to target the home knitters and crocheters through our own website and retailers. We were almost directly supplying to the end user at a competitive price for a quality product and we weren’t cutting across any of our other customers’ trade because we don’t dye any yarns for craft manufacturers, with most of that done in the far east..”
It’s hoped that the Corporate Challenge will give Three Bears some good exposure. Anthony added: “Three Bear yarns are all truly made in the UK by different textile businesses with years of experience and heritage.”
It’s most popular product is the Affection Aran range which is 100% cotton perfect for children’s clothes, blankets and toy making. Specially folded to prevent splitting, the yarn is a dream to work with and has a soft finish as well as being EN71.3 certified.
To find out more about the Corporate Challenge visit https://eastlancshospice.org.uk/corporate-challenge-2018-3 or call Jennifer in the fundraising department on 01254 287012