We continue to be appalled by the war in Ukraine, the resultant loss of life, and the humanitarian crisis. Since the start of the war, we have ceased all trading with Russia for the export of books and sales of rights.
We are committed to supporting the people of Ukraine. In late 2022 we covered the fuel costs for a 4×4 relief vehicle, loaded with medical supplies, to be delivered to Ukraine. The vehicle was left behind to be used for frontline medical and humanitarian support. The organisation arranging this support continues to provide similar aid and can be found here: https://www.somersetaidforukraine.org/
In addition, we have been pleased to provide employment opportunities at our Exeter offices for Ukrainian refugees.
The pursuit of art and craft hobbies brings the world together through online communities, forums, and social media, with varied cultural influences inspiring creative work across international borders. While we have ceased all trading with Russian businesses and organisations, we will continue to work with independent designers as authors or contributors to our books.
We continue to review our position on an ongoing basis.