This online community provides everything the crafts enthusiast could desire, from patterns and yarns to knitting news and competitions. Cherry Freeman, 40, Nigel Whiteoak, 43, and Edward Griffith, 41, set up loveknitting.com in 2012 and launched sister website lovecrochet.com last year. The trio have raised £18m in venture capital, including a £12m round led by Highland Capital Partners last November. A US warehouse and German-language website helped overseas sales grow to £2.8m in 2015.

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Company details
Year2016
Rank3
CompanyLoveCrafts
ActivityOnline crafts communities
LocationCentral London
2 yr av intl sales growth % pa311.44
International sales £000s*2,827
Total sales £000s*5,340
Staff75
Founded2012
Websitewww.lovecrafts.com

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