Thursday 6 December 2018 – Christmas Lunch
How do you turn a table-top enterprise into a successful business boasting a turnover topping £4 million, in the space of six years – and juggle a family including three lively children at the same time? Business Women’s Link members and friends will be finding out when Hannah Dale of Wrendale Designs shares her story, as guest speaker at the network’s Christmas Lunch on December 6.
Hannah, the artist behind the award-winning Wrendale collection of cards, ceramics, textiles and other giftware, will be inspiring diners with her amazing life story – which has seen her go from studying art at school to reading zoology at Cambridge, then spending five years working as a stockbroker in London – to where she is today.
It was her marriage to a Lincolnshire farmer, following by the arrival of their first child, which saw Hannah return “home” and settle in Melton Ross, near Brigg. Her artistic and creative talents came to the fore once more when she began furnishing for friends, then started painting countryside creatures – kicking off with the hare.
A friend encouraged her to start designing cards, which quickly proved popular. From those small beginnings, Hannah’s fame and her repertoire soon began to grow. She has gone on to win five prestigious Henries awards for her designs as well as “Gift of the Year” for her stationery and was one of three finalists for the NatWest Everywoman Brand of the Future award. Now she supplies cards and gifts across the UK and also exports worldwide. A collaboration with Portmeirion has also seen Wrendale’s name become even more well known.
Today, Hannah’s husband Jack is a fellow director in the business and Wrendale employs a team which is continually kept on its toes handling orders, while Hannah does what she loves best – creating more artwork.
The BWL lunch, which will also feature music by violinist Stephen Clarke and Friend and a bumper charity raffle (raising funds for Linkage Community Trust), takes place at the Branston Hall Hotel at Branston, near Lincoln, at 12 noon for 12.30pm. Places cost £45 for guests and £42.50 for members. They can be booked by calling Jessica Eyley on (01522) 508858 or email firstname.lastname@example.org