About Us

Welcome to West Design. We are a family-owned and run company, proud to be based in the UK. Working with over 20,000 products at any given time, we are a fast-growing manufacturer, importer, distributor and wholesaler of toys, art and craft, education and stationery products nationwide and worldwide. We employ more than 130 people across our two premises – HQ and warehouse in Folkestone, Kent, and manufacturing division in Plymouth, Devon.

We are the sole UK distributor of Faber-Castell Art & Graphic ranges, Lego Stationery, Copic and Marabu Craft Colours as well as sole UK and European distributor of Faber-Castell Creativity For Kids (CFK) kits and Glue Dots adhesives. We also act as wholesaler for other prestige brands, such as Winsor & Newton, Daler Rowney, Airfix and Decopatch.

Over half of our turnover is manufactured in Plymouth, including Kids Craft activity kits, Westfolio polypropylene folders and portfolios, West Templates, Magic Color and Stephens papers and chalks. This gives us all the benefits of local supply, both environmentally and economically, plus the ability to say with pride ‘Made in Britain’.

We supply to major retailers, such as John Lewis, Hobbycraft, Harrods, Sainsburys, Tesco, The Range and ToysRUs, as well as independent retail shops and the Toymaster Group. We strongly believe in the importance of friendly, rapid and efficient service and we continue to strive to provide the best possible level of service to our customers.

Thank you for taking an interest in our website. We look forward to working with you.

The Bray Family.

Our History

Awarded Exclusive UK distribution for Studio Design Drawing Boards

Awarded Best Strategic Supplier to Hobbycraft

Awarded Sole European Arts and Crafts Distributor for GlueDots Brand

2015

Gained the European Distribution Rights to the Fun Range and The Study Time Range

2014

Kent Mega Growth 50 Awards 2013

West Design Products Ltd has been named runner up for the Kent Mega Growth 50 Award 2013. Two nominations in two years!

2013

Kent Mega Growth 50 Awards 2012

West Design Products Ltd West Design was runner up in the fastest growing company in Kent awards in 2012.

Incorporated Paperstate into West Design Products

Paperstate, the distributor of Paperado (by Rössler Papier) and manufacturer of high quality paper products was incorporated into West Design.

2012

Extension to Folkestone warehouse increasing to 5000 pallet spaces

Purchased Color my World

Purchased new factory in Plymouth approximately 80,000 square feet

The acquisition of new premisses in Plymouth enabled the company to bring all manufacturing under one roof in a spacious and organised manner.

2011

Purchased business & assets of RD Industries Ltd

RD Industries was a supplier of paper products and self-adhesive labels to the stationery, craft and children's market.

2010

Purchased Dekko Ltd

Dekko Ltd was a manufacturer of portfolio and storage systems with links to the educational market.

2009

Purchased Magnacraft

The acquisition of Magnacraft cemented West Design as the leading supplier of art and craft materials in the UK.

2008

Purchased new warehouse and Head Office in Folkestone

Royal Sovereign, Film Sales & Simair incorporated into West Design Products Ltd.

In 2005 the varies acquisitions were bought together under the banner of West Design Products Limited. Following the integration a new headquarter and warehouse was constructed on the present site.

2005

Purchased Simair Ltd

Simair Ltd was a leading company in the airbrushing and environmental protection units.

2004

Purchased manufacturing divison of Aydon Silver

The acquisition of the Blick label production of Aydon Silver in Kiddeminster secured the future of the brand.

2003

Purchased Royal Sovereign Ltd

Royal Sovereign through its ownership of the Blick, Stephens, Chinagraph and Colourshaper brands further developed the stationery and art side of the business.

Purchased Film Sales Ltd

Film Sales was the leading supplier of acetate and film products to the graphics market.

Purchased Creative Crafts

Creative Crafts opened the door into the craft market with the development of Kundalini kits.

2002

Relocated to Folkestone, Kent

After taking on the distribution of Faber-Castell, West Design moved to larger premisses in Folkestone.

1999

Acquisition of West Design Products Ltd

A traditional technical and graphic supplier of drawing office supplies and foamboards.

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