Designer of handmade soft toys eyes business expansion with first brick and mortar

A toy designer recognised for her handmade range of Fairtrade and organic material toys is eyeing expansion from online to a brick and mortar workshop and toy store in Woodbridge.

Kerry Ferrar, the name behind Ferrar Design, has submitted proposals for a new shop in the historic market town, where she will set up a locally famed Grade II listed as the physical face of her growing toy business.

Established in 2011, Ferrar has been running Ferrar Design from her home in Great Glemham for the last eight years. However, due to business growth, she now needs to expand to a wider area and a more commercial setting.

Reported on by the East Anglian Daily Times, Ferrar plans to create a consulting space for meetings and workshops, as well as new product launches that use Fairtrade organic materials to make soft fabric toys.

Ferrar’s designs are hand crafted by a network of makers in Woodbridge, Orford, Framlingham, and Felixstowe.

Ferrar said: “The opportunity to move the business is the natural next step for us as a business. Our ambition is to convert the building back into not only a home for our family but also retail and office space to support our growing business.

“We would like to return the building to its original splendour and contribute to the ambition to continue to breathe life back into the area.”

About Robert Hutchins

Robert Hutchins is the editor of ToyNews and its sister title, Licensing.biz. He has worked his way from Staff Writer to Editor across the two titles, having spent almost eight years with both and what now seems like a lifetime surrounded by toys. You can contact him by emailing robert.hutchins@biz-media.co.uk or calling him on 0203 143 8780 You can even follow him on Twitter @RobGHutchins if ranting is your thing...

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