Day: June 4, 2020

Global crafting community experiences huge growth in lockdown 

The world’s leading community for makers has reported huge growth since lockdown was imposed on the 23rd March, indicating that crafting has become a popular activity while people stay at home.

The platform,, experienced a 58% increase in traffic in April compared to February this year, with more than two thirds (71%) new visitors.

In addition, product revenue has surged by 140% during the lockdown period, with knitting yarn the most popular item bought. LoveCrafts’ email subscribers has also grown over the past two months, jumping by 27%.

According to LoveCrafts’ site data, tutorials have been incredibly popular, with the platform’s beginner craft guide experiencing a 8704% increase in visits over the past two months. Its ‘How to knit’ and ‘How to Crochet’ guides have experienced an increase of 310% and 349% respectively.

The data shows that out of knitting and crocheting, crochet appears to be the more

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Nominations open for Barclays Entrepreneur Awards 2020

Awards highlight and recognise entrepreneurs who are transforming their industries, the economy and society

Nominations for Barclays Entrepreneur Awards 2020 are now open The awards celebrate entrepreneurs’ success, leadership and positive impact on society.

Now in their fifth year and in the same spirit as the inaugural award, Barclays is keen to celebrate the success of those game changing entrepreneurs and businesses who despite the current pandemic have made a positive impact to their communities and the wider UK economy.

In challenging times new business are born, entrepreneurs pivot and communities come together to make a difference. Entrepreneurship is at the beating heart of the UK economy and it is therefore only right that we continue to recognise those game changers who are making a difference to the people and communities in which they serve.

Richard Heggie, Head of High Growth & Entrepreneurs Proposition at Barclays said: “The awards are

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Barlett & Steele Award entries now being accepted

Entries are now being accepted for the 2020 Barlett & Steele Awards for Investigative Business Journalism, the nation’s top investigative business journalism contest.

The annual awards contest, named in honor of renowned investigative business journalists Donald L. Barlett and James B. Steele, celebrates the best in investigative business journalism each year. It is sponsored by the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

The outbreak of COVID-19 has devastated economies around the world, underscoring more than ever the need for deep and accurate coverage of business and the economy, Steele said.

“High-quality, in-depth business journalism has never been more important than now,” he said. “Outstanding fact finding and reporting will help our businesses, our employees and our communities navigate this difficult time.”

Gold, silver and bronze winners receive cash awards of $2,500, $1,500 and $500, respectively.


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