Best Small Business
Family Business of the Year
Claritystamp Ltd is a Kent based manufacturer and retailer of art & craft products. Founded in 1993 by Barbara Gray, we are now recognised as innovative market leaders, producing top quality art & craft products at affordable prices. Starting with the invention of our transparent art stamps with their patented Claritystamp mounts, we revolutionised stamping as an art form and gained a loyal following amongst crafters. Over the past 25 years, we have evolved as designers and manufacturers, and have branched out into other craft sectors. We now offer a diverse range of unique core craft products: stencils, designer craft paper/parchment, our brand new Fresh Cut Dies, which were introduced in May this year. But the most popular product range in our palette by far is our award-winning Groovi System, launched 3 years ago. Groovi is a parchment embossing system whereby transparent acrylic plates have been laser etched with our own original designs. The Groovi system allows crafters to emboss into parchment using a Groovi embossing tool, thereby transferring crisp, clear images quickly and easily. The Groovi system once again revolutionised that industry and opened up parchment craft to a much wider audience – worldwide. Last year, Claritystamp Ltd acquired Pergamano, the Dutch company which put traditional parchment craft on the map 40 years ago. The Pergamano tool system works perfectly alongside Groovi. In a relatively short time, a fantastic creative parching community has built up around us, and many of our loyal stamping customers have embraced parchment art, too. Clarity has grown rapidly over the past few years, and we now employ over 30 full-time staff. Barbara and others appear weekly on Craft shopping TV here in the UK, and Barbara is just about to launch on QVC Germany. This growth allows us to continue to innovate and deliver high-quality products and service that are unrivalled in the sector. We are well known in the industry for being an honest, kind and caring company. Both our customers and our suppliers alike know that we are trustworthy, and we take this very seriously. We strive to serve the craft industry well and to provide the most enjoyable experience possible for our customers. Barbara blogs daily, we post How-to Youtubes every week, we work tirelessly on social media groups and with magazines to inspire and teach, and there are regional Clarity workshops going on all over the country all the time. With our superb in-house illustrators and design team, we are always able to come up with original and beautiful artwork for our products.
This year marks our 25 year anniversary. Barbara and her fiancé (wedding in June!) run the business together. Barbara’s brother Steve is Head of Production. He has been with Barbara since the very beginning – and they are still best friends who enjoy a harmonious working life together. It works. It really does.
What town/city are you based in?
Edenbridge, Kent (South East)
Number of generations
Manufacturing Craft Products
Number of employees