Third sheep painting by Teresa Boast now on the easel

The third painting in a series commissioned by Bulmer & Lumb from local artist Teresa Boast, is now on the easel.

The paintings all feature sheep looking a little more colourful than usual to relfect the company's colouration expertise.

The painting can be seen in progress on Teresa's website or a flavour of the finished article below

Bulmer & Lumb commissions local artist Teresa Boast

Bulmer and Lumb Group are delighted to be able to support local artist Teresa Boast, through a series of commissioned paintings featuring sheep. 

The first painting is now complete and will hopefully be installed soon at its new home. The finished painting can be seen below or on Teresa's website

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Teresa Boast is a wildlife artist based in the Yorkshire Dales, more information can be found on Boastess

Bulmer & Lumb Trainees Celebrate Exam success

Trainees Alana Williamson & Ed Naylor with Sales Manager Gareth Jones

Trainees Alana Williamson & Ed Naylor with Sales Manager Gareth Jones

Two of Bulmer & Lumb's trainees have recently been celebrating exam success with the news that they have both achieved the Textile Colouration Certificate. 

Ed Naylor & Alana Williamson have both undertaken he SDC (Society of Dyers & Colourists) technical qualification as part of their ongoing study as Trainee Dyers at Bulmer & Lumb.

The pair will be presented with their awards at the Society's upcoming "Day of Celebration" on May 19th 2017.

Paul Hamilton appointed to the SDC Board of Trustees

At their recent AGM , held during the "Day of Celebration" in York, The Society of Dyers & Colourists made three new appointments to their Board of Trustees.  This included Bulmer & Lumb's Technical Director, Paul Hamilton, who has been a member of the SDC since 1990.

Beginning his career with Bulmer & Lumb Group in 1985, Paul was appointed Technical Director in 2013 and has worked closely alongside the SDC to develop & establish the Textile Colouration Certificate qualification. The reintroduction of a relevant techincal colouration course has been of great benefit to both Bulmer & Lumb's trainees and those throughout the UK, creating a stepping stone to the ASDC qualification.

The SDC is an educational charity & professional chartered society which has educated & represented members of the industry for the last 125 years.


Bulmer & Lumb Trainees celebrate success! The Society of Dyers and Colourists Awards Ceremony 2016

On 20th May 2016, a party from Bulmer and Lumb Group gathered in York at the Merchant Adventurers Hall to receive awards from the Society of Dyers and Colourists for the completion of the Textile Certificate.

Bulmer and Lumb are proud to support this technical qualification which lasts over three years, we currently have four apprentices at various stages all who through a combination of online lectures, residential days and final examination have achieved sufficient grades to progress onto the next year of the qualification.

The awards were part of the annual "Day of Celebration" held by the SDC encompassing the Society's AGM, President's Reception & Celebration Dinner & is attended by members from all corners of the globe.

This year’s recipients include Brett Gray and James Barraclough who have both completed Year 1 of the Textile Colouration Certificate,  and Alana Williamson and Edward Naylor both who have completed year 2 of the course.

Technical Director Paul Hamilton received a Society of Dyers and Colourists Silver Medal award to recognise his dedicated support of the Society’s training programmes.

Paul was involved in the establishment of the TCC course, which Bulmer and Lumb consider essential in the training of the next generation of technicians. Developing the skills of these trainees through formal qualifications is necessary for the continued success of a company such as Bulmer and Lumb Group; who have a worldwide a reputation for colour matching excellence.

On receiving the award Paul gave the following statement:

“At Bulmer and Lumb we take pride in our reputation for the quality of shade matching we provide; and in the wealth of knowledge and experience our current management and technical team have. We work hard to achieve our aim to pass on these skills to future Dyers. We currently have three ASDC qualified members of the management team and it is our ambition to supplement these in time with the next four, which is why we continue to work with the SDC in its efforts to train the next set”.

More information about the Textile Colouration Certifcate & the work of the SDC can be found here on their website.

Bulmer and Lumb Group Directors Visit the Manufacturing Technology Centre

A party of Directors from Bulmer & Lumb Group were invited by Lloyds Bank to tour the Manufacturing Technology Centre in Coventry.

Established in 2010, with the aim of integrating industry & academia, the MTC has the mission to “inspire great British manufacturing”. The site is one of the largest public sector investments in manufacturing to date. It is a purpose built site, located on what was previously an airfield. The centre houses some of the most advanced technology available in the UK, including 3D printing, laser technology, virtual engineering and advanced robotics. The MTC now employs 400 staff, has over 85 industrial members and spans a wide range of manufacturing sectors.

The Lloyds Bank Adanced Manufacturing Training Centre, openend in November 2015 is located next door to the original MTC and aims to address the skills shortage currently facing the UK's manufacturers. The centre specialises in training young engineers, supplies SMEs and companies in the manufacturing supply chain with skilled apprentices, and up-skills those already working in manufacturing.

The facility offers the capability of simulating, modelling and the use of virtual reality to reduce the risk of introduction of such new technologies into existing businesses. It was initially set up with companies such as Jaguar and Hewlett Packard but is now offering its services to SMEs.

Directors Matthew Whitehead & David Midgley outside the centre.

Directors Matthew Whitehead & David Midgley outside the centre.

Finance Director, Matthew Whitehead commented: "The Manufacturing Technology Centre in Coventry showcases the cutting edge of manufacturing technology and gives an insight into what tomorrow’s manufacturing could be like.

The 3D metal printing technology was of particular interest. If this technology becomes mainstream, then in the future every manufacturer may have a 3D printer. Rather than ordering a new machine part, pipe, etc… the company could print it on site, reducing the down time of machinery and requirement to carry an inventory of parts."

More infomation on the MTC & the Advanced MTC

CHSI Stitches - Birmingham NEC

CHSI Stiches is Europe’s largest and most influential dedicated trade show for the art, craft, needlecraft and hobby sector.

Over 250 suppliers from across the globe were showcasing exciting new products and innovations from the creative industries. The show ran for 3 days from 21-23rd February and included celebrity apperances from the Great British Sewing Bee judges as well as a number of free seminars and workshops on subjects as diverse as social media through to crochet.


Our sales team visited CHSI to gain a feel for the textile related product on show as well as meeting with some of our existing customers.

As always, there was time to sample the refreshment choices on offer!

Bulmer & Lumb Group supports new local designers - Fibre & Hide

On 11th December 2015,  Bulmer and Lumb Group’s Technical Director Paul Hamilton was pleased to welcome new up and coming, award winning designer Geri Copsey & show her around the production facility at our site in Bradford.

The inspiration and driving force of the Fibre and Hide design studio; where she combines her flair for design with her love of textiles and weaving. Geri is the creator of an exciting and inspirational range of designer handbags, which combine soft Italian leather with locally sourced Yorkshire yarn.

Geri approached Bulmer and Lumb with a request to tour a local dyeing facility to enable her to better understand the dyeing process, its capabilities, limitations and its importance to the local textile industry.

Geri looking at some of the recently dyed fibres in the dye house.

Geri looking at some of the recently dyed fibres in the dye house.

Bulmer and Lumb Group have been dyeing at its current site since the 1950s. The company are proud of its history and heritage and also of its commitment to the advancement of the dyeing process;  with recent considerable investment in both package and top dyeing machines.

Technical Director Paul Hamilton gave the following statement:

We get many requests of this nature but not many from designers with such a commitment to the UK Textile industry and in particular the industry based around Yorkshire, as one of the biggest and most flexible dyeing facilities in the region I considered it important to encourage and support such a talented young designer.

Whilst Bulmer and Lumb Group are major exporters, we are also proud to support the local domestic industry. Geri has a studio located within 5 miles of our Bradford dyeing facility, and we would be pleased if she could use yarns sourced using British wool and dyed at our local dyehouse. We are currently in discussion about looking at a range of colours for her future designs.”

Geri brought with her examples of her designs in which the inspiration comes from geometric forms found within architecture, both past and present. As a further reflection of the pride she takes in her local region, Geri has named ranges after local villages and landmarks such as Grassington, Ingelborough, Pen-y-Ghent and Masham.

The 'Malham' woven clutch

The 'Malham' woven clutch

Detail of the beautiful handmade products.

Detail of the beautiful handmade products.

Bulmer and Lumb Group are committed to the creation of the next generation of textile technicians through a combination of in-house and external training. We therefore feel it is important to encourage the next generation of designers too.

 We have partnerships with both the Society of Dyers and Colourists and Huddersfield Textile Centre of Excellence.

Geri’s designs and a range of her products can be found at