Local business Dust and Things make personal gifts to treasure



Dust and Things, based just outside Cardiff, create unique design-led gifts ranging from serving boards to innovative lighting. Founders Sian-Louise and her husband Mike came from different career backgrounds prior to taking the plunge and starting Dust & Things in 2013.

Mike was working all hours running a finance company whilst Sian-Louise had just finished an Environmental degree, crafting on the side for friend’s weddings. Mike had a passion for building and design but lacked a creative outlet from his demanding finance position. The pair found they were wishing they could do something creative full-time and thus, with a brave leap of faith, Dust & Things was born.

After joining notonthehighstreet.com, Dust & Things were overwhelmed with the positive response to the business as they were able to reach a whole new audience and really connect with their market. Since opening, Dust & Things truly have gone from strength to strength, growing from just one full time member to ten, plus one part time and two temporary members to help over the busy Christmas period. Their journey has seen them move premises three times, reach the final three for notonthehighstreet.com’s ‘Startup of the Year Award’ and have the capability to contribute 10p of every order to charity. Sian and Mike have described their experience as “every day literally is an adventure.