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Clare, Suffolk, UK
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Suffolk Latch Company
Carl started Suffolk Latch Company in 2007. They detail the beginnings of their company in their Starter Story interview: 
Q: How did you get started on Suffolk Latch Company?
A firefighter for 17 years, I also co-ran a small business manufacturing mirrors & coat racks, supplying local shops and selling directly to the public at craft fairs.
The seeds of Suffolk Latch Company were sown when a problem arose with my coat hooks supplier. I discovered my £1 hooks were actually from a manufacturer in India and cost £0.18 per hook.
Invited to visit the factory in India, I saw the commitment to quality and the skilled workmanship. Coinciding with a period of economic recession and the start of the decline of the High Street, our mirror business was already suffering badly. I saw an opportunity.
I tested the viability of Suffolk Latch Company on eBay and then Amazon. It grew from there, and we launched our website in 2007.
Contributors to this article:
- Pat Walls, Founder @ Starter Story
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