Groves is a family owned business and for over 50 years has been providing sewing, knitting, quilting and needlecraft products to the retail trade. We are the UK’s leading distributor, supplying the trade with a vast range of well-known branded products. We also provide a level of customer service renowned throughout the sector for its speed and efficiency.
What makes us the UK’s leading distributor?
A renowned level of service
The Groves story…..so far
2017: Exclusive UK distribution of Tilda.
2016: Milward brand aquired.
2016: Exclusive UK distribution agreement for Mez brands – Anchor, Patons, Coats Threads, Regia & Opti.
2016: Moved to new, purpose built 130,000sq ft warehouse and offices in Thame.
2015: Sehlbach & Whiting company acquired.
2014: New ecommerce website launched.
2012: Fiskars, Olfa and DMC stranded cotton added to guaranteed in-stock scheme.
2011: Trimits/Impex craft brand acquired.
2009: PURElite range of lamps and magnifiers launched.
2009: Opticon barcode scanner launched to speed up retailers ordering.
2009: 100% in-stock guarantee for Gütermann, Velcro and Vilene is introduced.
2006: Dimensions and Vervaco needlecraft ranges launched.
2005: Gareth Pope appointed as Sales Director.
1997: 27,000 sq ft. warehouse and offices built in Long Crendon.
1997: Andrew Groves appointed as Managing Director.
1986: Moved into a larger 8,000sq ft. warehouse.
1982: Acquired Colin Banks Ltd., a specialist haberdashery business.
1969: 2,000 sq ft. Thame warehouse opened and later extended to cover 13,000 sq ft.
1966: Rodney and Marlene Groves established Groves of Thame, a small family business operating from home.