LAST month marked a significant milestone in the life of small, family-run Wensleydale business.

When, Heather and Andrew Cumpstone launched their online homeware store “Land of Rope and Glory” just over 12 months ago, they knew they had their work cut out in the world of small business, particularly retail. However they have been delighted to see their business grow in their first year.

Designing and making their own collections of home accessories, made from Yorkshire Rope, they sell through their own website and through the popular retail platform of Etsy.

Heather recalled: “We started very small with just a few pieces. After positive feedback and sales we have gradually developed a number of collections to suit different styles of homes, from coastal interiors to modern country decor.”

Their products range from handcrafted doorstops and bookends to high-quality bathroom fittings, all using rope sourced locally at Outhwaites Ropemakers of Hawes.

Something that makes this small business a little different is that fundraising is very much a driving force of what they do. Their popular Rope of Hope keyrings are dedicated to raising money for Muscular Dystrophy UK, with 50% of their sales going straight to the charity.

Last year they donated a proportion of their profits to The Intensive Care Unit at James Cook Hospital, as a heartfelt thank you after their little boy was born unexpectedly very poorly and received wonderful care there.

This year Land of Rope and Glory are thrilled to have Yorkshire Air Ambulance as their guest charity and hope to raise a considerable amount for a cause so important to the Yorkshire Dales.

Having seen success across Yorkshire they will continue to be involved in regional events over the next year. For further information visit