Dales online business celebrates first year of trading

Heather Cumpstone from Land of Rope and Glory.

A Wensleydale company which designing and makes home accessories from locally-made rope is celebrating its first anniversary.

Online store Land of Rope and Glory was launched last year by Heather and Andrew Cumpstone, from Bainbridge.

The pair design and make their own collections of home accessories made from rope from Outhwaites Ropemakers in Hawes.

Their products are then sold through their own website and through the retail platform, Etsy.

“We started very small with just a few pieces,” said Heather.

“After positive feedback and sales, we have gradually developed a number of collections to suit different styles of homes, from coastal interiors to modern country decor.”

Having enjoyed success at various markets and shows, they hope to be involved in more events in the next year.

Heather said that fundraising was a driving force of what they did at Land of Rope and Glory.

Sales of their popular Rope of Hope keyring raises money for Muscular Dystrophy UK, with 50 per cent of their sales going to the charity.

Last year, they also donated a proportion of their profits to the intensive care unit at James Cook Hospital, as a thank you after their little boy Theo was very poorly when he was born and received care at the Middlesbrough hospital.

This year, Yorkshire Air Ambulance is their guest charity and the couple hope to raise a large amount for a cause important to the Dales. 

To see their collections, visit their website at www.landofropeandglory.co.uk