Starting a Haberdashery

  • Price: £5.99
  • Published: May 2015
  • Type: Business Opportunity Profile
  • Format: PDF
  • What qualifications and skills are required?
  • Key market issues and trends
  • What are the main trading issues?
  • Legislation
  • Further information

Haberdasheries supply fabric and equipment used for dressmaking and sewing, soft furnishings and craft activities such as quilting, embroidery, knitting, cross-stitch and crochet.

Haberdashery proprietors, known as haberdashers, stock a range of fabric, patterns, thread, knitting yarn, ribbon, buttons, scissors and needles. Some also supply sewing machines, specialist sewing and knitting books and basic craft supplies such as tape, glue, beads and sequins, while others provide tuition in techniques like sewing, quilting or embroidery.

Typical customers include sewing, knitting and craft enthusiasts and amateur dressmakers, along with multi-media artists, fashion students and designers, and wedding-dress makers. Sewing and embroidery services and commercial makers of craft items, soft furnishings, Christmas decorations and wedding favours are also important trade customers.

As well as trading from local market stalls and retail premises, haberdashers increasingly trade online and via marketplaces such as eBay.

This profile provides information about starting up and running a haberdashery. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and the key trading issues. It also explains the legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information and support.

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