About The Bead Shop Nottingham

As every business knows, without its customers it is nothing. However without our knowledgeable and dedicated staff members we wouldn’t be able to provide you with our friendly, fast and efficient service.

Hana Glover outside The Bead Shop Nottingham

Hana

The Bead Shop Nottingham

Hana started the Bead Shop when she was 18 years old and has loved beads for as long as she can remember!

Hana spent a year studying Silversmithing at Loughborough University, is a qualified Art Clay tutor and has spent the last 11 years making glass beads and fused glass jewellery. She has co-authored two beading books with Robin and teaches several glass workshops here. You’ll often find her in the shop or wholesale department re-ordering stock or chatting to customers about what products they’d like us to order in.

On top of all that Hana is a business mentor and coaches others who wish to start up their own business. She is passionate about independent retail and collaborating with other indie businesses.

Robin

Robin of The Bead Shop

Robin started the Bead Shop with Hana back in 1999 and is the in house technical genius and maintenance guy.
Robin prefers to work with wire and has taught in the beginners beading workshops and the more advanced techniques of brick stitch, peyote and herringbone stitch. Robin hosts the majority of the children’s beading parties we run here at the shop but specializes in creating findings with wire either by hand or with the Wigjig family of wire jigs.

He has been selling beads for the last 25 years and knows much more than he likes to let on. You’ll see Robin at all the bead fairs we do as he’s the only person who can move the heavy boxes of beads and upright display stands.

He makes amazing bread though sadly not often enough.

Robin has co-authored two books with Hana, one on Tiara making and the other on general beading.

Steph

Steph is in charge when Hana or Robin aren’t around and designs the majority of our kits and workshops. She is very creative and has experimented with most craft techniques. She specialises in beadweaving (though is talented at virtually all jewellery making techniques) and is often found playing with new bead shapes to create interesting patterns.

Outside of beading Steph is a big knitter and tea drinker! She has a degree in Fine Art from Nottingham Trent University. Steph also has the official qualification from Art Clay to teach workshops with their products and is our main workshop tutor.

Emma

The Bead Shop Nottingham staff

Emma is our re-stringing and fixing expert and completes the majority of our jewellery re-strings and repairs. She teaches many of our workshops specialising in basic jewellery making and silversmithing as well as resin and macrame.

Emma also has a Fine Art degree and runs Make & Fable – a craft blog and jewellery brand. She specialises in simple geometric silver jewellery (the design and making of is aided by much tea and her ‘helpful’ cat Aston!). Her pieces are sold in numerous shops and galleries as well as on Etsy and at craft fairs.

Hayley

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Hayley joined us as an apprentice and has now completed her craft practitioner qualification. She is our mail order whizz and is responsible for sending out our mail orders so quickly and efficiently.

You’ll often hear Hayley’s friendly voice when you call us. She is usually found in our wholesale department unpacking and putting away deliveries, picking and packing your orders and generally keeping everything stocked up.

Hayley also makes jewellery for displays and kit examples and helps test instructions for new beading kits.

Alex

Alexandra, Alex for short, is our Silversmithing expert and Social Media Butterfly. (Photographed here with one of Alex’s all time favourite customers, Alfie).

Alex has a degree in Jewellery and Metalwork and uses her knowledge and skills to help customers both in the shop and in tutoring 1-2-1 sessions. She helped to design our custom made double silversmithing bench in our redeveloped workshop room, from where she teaches several of our silversmithing workshops.

Alex also makes and sells her own beautiful sterling silver jewellery as Defina Designs.

Steffie

Steffie first got involved in making jewellery (before working here) after attending one of our workshops. A YouTube video, a kit and another workshop later and she was hooked.

Steffie is covering Lauren who is on Maternity leave so you will find her in the shop helping customers make or repair their jewellery. When Steffie isn’t busy with customers she puts products on to the website, makes jewellery for window displays and tests all the new kits that Steph creates.

Away from work Steffie is a keen knitter and also cross stitches and sews, she is always making something!

Jess

The Bead Shop Nottingham staff

Jess came to us several years ago as a work experience  student from school, we were so impressed by her enthusiasm and work ethic we offered her a job! Since then she has learnt how to make a wide range of jewellery and use most of the 5000 products we stock!

We are delighted that Jess has chosen Nottingham Trent University to study Business Studies. As that means she is still here on Saturdays!

She also helps out at several bead fairs so you may recognise her from working at the Big Bead Show at Sanddown Park in April and October each year.

Fair Trade and Ethical policy

Both in our workshops and during our normal working day we use only fairtrade teas, coffee & hot chocolate. Workshop customers also get to enjoy fairtrade biscuits.

All of us here at The Bead Shop feel pretty strongly about looking after our planet for the prosperity of future generations. We use recycled paper for our printing including the invoices we send with our mail orders. We always use the second side of any A4 paper we have, such as suppliers delivery notes, mail circulars and any mistakes that we make. If you are a mail order customer then you may have already received an order in a recycled box which previously held stock or re-used packaging that was previously sent to us. Everything that can be re-used is and if not recycled. Even the empty milk containers are sometimes cut up and used as scoops in the stockroom! We try to avoid plastic waste as much as possible and re-use all packaging that is sent to us whilst working with suppliers to reduce this. We encourage customers to return plastic bead tubes and kit packaging for us to re-use and are currently working on sourcing card and paper packaging as a replacement.

We do everything possible to ensure that everyone along the supply chain works in good conditions and receives a fair wage. We specialise in sourcing high quality products from manufacturers that care about their employees and the environment. Hana & Robin have visited the factory in the Czech Republic that manufactures our glass beads, our wooden beads are sourced from sustainable wood in Germany, our findings are almost all plated here in the UK.

The Bead Shop (Nottingham) Limited
4.9
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Cate Jones
Cate Jones
12:01 17 Jan 20
This shop and the people who work there are absolutely amazing! I order both online and via phone when I have a bigger order and they are so helpful. Recently I placed an order and it meant that they had to order some bits in because it was a big order and one or two items weren't normally stocked... by them. Rather than send me to another bead shop to get the non stock items, they put in a special order for me and went out of their way to make sure that all was done in one stop. They ship things quickly and securely and the packages are always well wrapped without being wasteful. In all, The Bead Shop (Nottingham) is one of the best bead shops around and I wish I lived closer so I could spend more time browsing the actual shop!read more
Jackie Harrison
Jackie Harrison
15:29 24 Dec 19
I contacted The Bead Shop for some advice and now wish we lived nearer! The advice I was given was fantastic and the parcel even arrived with a little extra something for my daughter and a lovely hand written note. The delivery was quick and the package well packed. Looking forward to many more... purchases.read more
Siobhan Somers
Siobhan Somers
20:23 17 Dec 19
I recently attended a beginners jewellery workshop at The Bead Shop in Nottingham, after being given a voucher for my birthday last year. I have fancied picking up a little creative hobby for a while, but what I hadn’t anticipated was just how relaxing it would be. I completely switched off to... everything else for 3 hours and it was so refreshing. Honestly think these workshops should be offered to big companies as a way to reduce stress and get their staff feeling creative. Can’t wait to come back for another!read more
Linda Robertson
Linda Robertson
12:26 12 Dec 19
I have had great service from this shop. I only needed a few beads to complete a project. Their delivery price was by far the best for a small order. They were dispatched quickly and were exactly as described. Would highly recommend.
Joanne Johnson
Joanne Johnson
16:14 18 Nov 19
I recently visited the Bead Shop in Nottingham and was very pleased to be served by extremely helpful young lady. I am very much a beginner at Jewellery making and she identified everything I needed to make some earrings. She was also courteous and cheerful. I later tried to order some more... items using the mail order website but due to my lack of technological skills, I soon ran into difficulties. I telephoned the shop and a very pleasant gentleman talked me through the whole process (which incidently was very straightforward). I am grateful to the Bead Shop not only for the professionalism, patience and courtesy of their staff but also for the quality of their merchandise. Thank you and I look forward to my next visit.read more
Sam Self
Sam Self
10:23 17 Nov 19
Absolutely brilliant service! I ordered a few things and they arrived very quickly. The items were packaged exexcellently too. I have since contacted the shop about future workshops and nothing is too much trouble for these lovely peeps! Will definitely use them again.
Joe Ling
Joe Ling
16:08 13 Nov 19
They had the most amazing beads! Every shape and size you could imagine! They even had vibrating ones! Those made me feel the best !
Alyson Larholm
Alyson Larholm
09:54 10 Nov 19
I have used this company a few times and they have always been helpful, accommodating and really lovely too! When I've needed advice, they've also been very quick to look at photo's to help me work out what I need etc. Can't recommend them enough.
Kim Mitchell
Kim Mitchell
09:39 04 Nov 19
Keep returning to this company. Best value for money, quality of items and fast delivery. Highly recommended.
David Austen
David Austen
11:56 28 Oct 19
When I ordered the breakaway beads for the lanyard I have been making I got confirmation of the order in minutes less than 24hrs had notification that my order had been packed and sent and I received it in 2 days absolutely brilliant thank you so much for speed and good packaging no worries I... will be back again.read more
Alison Chase
Alison Chase
20:21 27 Oct 19
Beautiful products, excellent service, speedy delivery. .still loving The Bead Shop (Nottingham)! Great job everyone - Thank you!
Steve Wisker
Steve Wisker
13:33 24 Oct 19
as always very impressed with delivery. Will be ordering again soon, plus hoping to call in at the shop for a good browse. Thank you and keep up the good work
Hollie Cranham
Hollie Cranham
06:39 15 Oct 19
Really quick service and great prices! Really low postage costs too. My usual bead order shop closed, this was a light amongst many pricier alternatives!
Mo Beach-Morris
Mo Beach-Morris
14:42 01 Sep 19
I was recently trying to find a specific Beadalon item and discovered one version of it at the Bead Shop, one of the few places to sell these components at a competitive price. I mentioned on the site feedback that I would have liked this item in another colour, and much to my surprise, I... received a phone call regarding this item. The Bead Shop have now ordered this item for me, and I am beyond grateful. What superb customer service, certainly going above and beyond. Thank you Bead Shop.read more
Mairi McInerney
Mairi McInerney
14:17 30 Aug 19
First time I've ordered from them, and will definitely order from them again. They had the book I was looking for, and at a great price. Really speedy service too. It arrived the day after I ordered it, and I live in the Highlands.
Susan Horsman
Susan Horsman
18:44 27 Aug 19
They stock some unusual items, brooch to pendant converters, as well as a good range of beads and accessories. Service is always quick. A good place to shop.
Justyna Lewandowska
Justyna Lewandowska
06:27 09 Aug 19
Love this place! Such a nice atmosphere I love browsing through hundreds of beads. Great selection of jewellery making tools and findings.
Sue E
Sue E
14:24 06 Aug 19
Enjoyed an introduction to Jewelry making workshop this morning. Made a pair of earrings and a bracelet! Thank you Emma for a great workshop and your patience
sue truesdale
sue truesdale
14:11 18 Jul 19
Lovely bead shop that I miss now that I'm back in Devon. Great selection of beads and findings and great online service too. Thank you :)
yogicaspi
yogicaspi
21:21 20 Jun 19
Lovely quality flower beads. I’ve shopped here online a few times & I always find the process very easy, the service is very efficient too. I’ll definitely be back for more.
Nicole C
Nicole C
06:19 10 Jun 19
Stumbled across this wonderful site while I was shopping for some new delica beads and I was thrilled by the choice of colours and the different types of beads they offer at very reasonable prices. Their site is super easy to navigate and they have a very handy quick-add of various amounts of the... beads you want which makes it very quick to fill up your basket (much to the dismay of my bank balance!) Once I placed my order I chose 1st class post and they arrived within 2 days of placing it, I will DEFINITELY be buying from here againread more
Wendy Booth
Wendy Booth
23:26 01 Jun 19
I recently attended an 'Introduction to jewellery making' class here and thoroughly enjoyed it! It was a nice,small group, which meant help was at hand when needed, and the instructor was really patient and knowledgeable. We left with a bracelet and a pair of earrings each that we had made... ourselves, which I am wearing with pride. Great value for money and a brilliant way to spend a Saturday morning -thank you.read more
Glenys Newton
Glenys Newton
06:01 24 May 19
Only ordered by post so far and have ditched the Amazon link now. Excellent service, price and quality. I had to phone in to amend some details, it was all done quickly and followed up.
CAROL REID
CAROL REID
13:57 12 Apr 19
I am new to bead weaving and having bought seed beads ,needles and a book to start I realised storage was an issue. I bought bead tubes and a needle case to protect my tools. I then saw the beginners kit so that went in my basket. The delivery was quick and by Royal mail, wooden needle case take... my new beading needles(can't find them anywhere else). The kit is beautifully presented and has what appears to be comprehensive instructions.looking forward to starting it. Will certainly be back.read more
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