Hobbycraft to open three new stores as profits rise

Hobbycraft to open three new stores as profits rise
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New Hobbycraft sites will be in Biggleswade, Bedfordshire, Southend in Essex and Bromborough on Merseyside

An arts and crafts retail chain is to create three more stores after a rise in profits for the past year.

New Hobbycraft sites will be in Biggleswade, Bedfordshire; Southend in Essex; and Bromborough on Merseyside and will create 40 new retail jobs.

It said its adjusted pre-tax profit for the 2022 financial year was £15m, up from £13.8 million the previous year.

The company said it was "incredibly well placed", but the 2023 financial year would be "challenging".

'Very challenging'

Dominic Jordan, Hobbycraft's chief executive, said "multiple new initiatives" were planned including a new website, workshop channel, further new stores and a subscription model.

"However, we are conscious that the year ahead will be very challenging, particularly given the significant inflationary pressures on our customers and we are starting to see this impact on market demand in the early part of full-year 2023," he said.

He added that there had been a significant increase in freight costs.

The firm, founded in 1995 and now with more than 100 stores across the UK, revealed total revenue rose 14.8% from £176.9m in 2021 to £203.1m in 2022.

The company had had to close for seven weeks in 2021 during Covid restrictions as it was not classed as an essential retailer.

It saw e-commerce sales grow 58.2% from the point stores reopened in April 2021 compared to pre-pandemic levels in 2020.

Seven new stores and 100 new jobs were created over the 2021-22 financial year including openings in Leicester, Rochester in Kent, and Boucher Crescent in Northern Ireland.

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