Wool Innovation Prize 2020

The Worshipful Company of Woolmen and The Company of Merchants of The Staple of England are pleased to open applications for this year’s Wool Innovation Prize.

Worth up to £10,000, the Prize is an annual award available to the individual who shows the most innovative use of wool in any commercially viable application.

Regardless of the industry in which you work, you can apply for the prize as long as you:

  • Work predominantly with wool
  • Display genuine innovation
  • Offer a commercially viable application
  • Are excited about developing your ideas further


2019 Winner

Sarah Turner - Little Beau Sheep

Robert Hall, Chairman of the of the Staple’s charitable trust commented: “We are delighted to award Sarah Turner of Little Beau Sheep our 2019 Wool Innovation Award, which we hope can help her drive further growth in the business. Sarah has exciting plans in the pipeline for her business and we are immensely proud to support her.”

“As an institution, we aim to drive wool innovation in the UK and support British craft. Sarah’s business really impressed us. It combines the use of wool in every day products whilst allowing consumers to be more eco-friendly”, noted Peter Ackroyd, member of the Woolmen and COO of HRH The Prince of Wales’ Campaign for Wool.

Peter Hullah, Chairman of the Worshipful Company of Woolmen Charity Committee, added: “The Woolmen are delighted to be working in partnership with the Staple to award this significant prize. Sarah is a worthy winner and we look forward to supporting her as she takes her innovative business, which focusses on putting wool to good use, to the next level commercially.”

“This marks the start of a very exciting journey. This prize will allow me to further the work I have begun using British Wools and to help me develop machinery to automate the production of my laundry products. This will allow me to develop and grow the business to keep up with increased demand for the products” says Sarah.