Sawdust & Rainbows is a family company in every sense of the word. We’re based in rural Co. Down, Northern Ireland, and run by engineer, entrepreneur, mum and all-round superhero, Rosie Hughes!
A qualified manufacturing engineer, Rosie designed and created the very first Sawdust & Rainbows activity toys herself in her garden shed. Since then, the team has grown to include her husband and a small team of employees.
Rosie’s son Reuben was the inspiration behind the first Sawdust & Rainbows toys and continues to be chief product tester! Over to Rosie to tell us a little bit more about how the Sawdust & Rainbows journey began…
Rosie says: “We were decorating the house for Christmas when our son Reuben was 17 months old, and we had the ladder out to put the higher decorations up. I turned around to see Reuben trying to climb onto the second rung. I began searching online for indoor climbing frames but there wasn’t much out there, and what was available didn’t give me that WOW factor. So I decided to put my manufacturing engineering qualification to use and make something myself! I worked around Reuben – often he would be in his carrier on my back, singing and eating treats while I worked.”