Bourne

Lincolnshire homewares designer celebrates 10th year with £1.5m expansion

A Lincolnshire homewares business, named after founder Sophie Allport, is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year with a £1.5 million expansion.

The business, famous for its nature-inspired bone china and kitchen fabrics, was founded in 2007 by designer Sophie and her accountant brother Jem in a spare room in Battersea, London.

In 2009 the operation was moved to a garage office outside Stamford and then in 2011, expansion took them to King Street Industrial Estate near Langford.

Now the business is preparing to move to a 35,000 square foot site in Bourne, which was previously the distribution centre for Carlsberg.

The site has been renamed The Old Brewey by Sophie and her team.

Jem said: “We are in the midst of upgrading the site with a plan to move the warehouse and offices in early October. ”

The business now employs almost 50 staff and has around 900 stockists in the UK.

Sophie standing outside her Stamford shop

Jem added: “We have taken on an additional 15 members of staff to help us in the lead up to Christmas. The move to The Old Brewery in Bourne will help us to be more efficient and also gives us space to continue to grow.”

There are now 31 collections in the Sophie Allport range, with over 2,000 product lines.

Sophie Allport’s popular showroom and second’s shop (where everything is 50% off) will remain open at 29 King Street Industrial Estate in Stamford until it relocates to The Old Brewery in Spring 2018.

The expansion investment also included a new Sophie Allport High Street shop in Stamford.