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Pay it forward - why collaboration with local business is key

May 11, 2018

Pay it Forward – why collaboration with local business is key

At Ulster Weavers we are always motivated to use our expertise in new product development, international manufacturing opportunities and bespoke product sourcing to help local businesses and entrepreneurs to grow their business and their brand.

We are especially keen to work with likeminded passionate people. Hence our excitement when we were approached by the super talented guys at Skunkworks Surf Co.

Akin to Ulster Weavers, Skunkworks Surf Co have a clear commitment to responsible business practices and reducing any detrimental impact to the environment.

When big dreams become a big reality

After years of spending time fixing surf boards from Ricky's surf school, Chris thought there must be a better way of making boards, so the brothers set out on the path to creating the most robust, high performance soft surfboards and stand up paddle boards in the world.........whilst minimising their impact on the environment.

Click here to see their story… https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=bzbxaj487Pk

Riding on the crest of a wave

Over the past few years Skunkworks Surf Co have moved from a small industrial unit, opened a 16000 square foot factory and trained up a strong work force. They are selling surfboards all over the UK and Ireland and have made positive steps into Europe with sales in France, Portugal Norway, The Netherlands and Spain.

Skunkworks Surf Co were keen to grow their brand by offering their own clothing and accessory range, in particular the development of a changing robe type garment. To achieve this Ricky and Chris knew that they required support from an industry expert renowned for innovative and high-quality products and that is when the relationship with Ulster Weavers began.

We love it when a plan comes together

‘Tim Paisley and his team at Ulster Weavers have been amazing to work with. They have designed a changing robe exactly to the spec we have asked for and are helping us make it an original Skunkworks Surf Co garment. We are tweaking our first garment sample and are really looking forward to seeing the finished product.

As well as the changing robe we are also looking at changing mats and towel robes.

Working with Ulster Weavers fits perfectly with our ethos of supporting local businesses and we hope to build a strong and lasting business relationship together’. (Ricky & Chris)

Skunkworks Surf Co are currently doing a raise through Crowdcube. The target was originally £350K but this was raised when 200 investors promptly got involved. They are now over funding and aiming for £600K. So watch this space!

Good luck guys from all the team at #UlsterWeavers! 

 

 

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