“As a small business we can be adaptable, and with the business world becoming less location-dependent, there's no reason why we have to be in a big city to thrive,” says Ed Bird, founder of Bird Sunglasses.

“In Devon there's a great business community and all the resources available to support us."

Bird Sunglasses make beautiful, handcrafted eyewear using sustainable materials. For every pair sold, the company gives solar light to remote communities in Africa through their ‘Share Your Sun’ partnership with SolarAid.

Coming from a close-knit family of designers and artists who are involved in many aspects of the design process, Bird Sunglasses was born when Ed was looking for a way to combine his skills in design, business and social entrepreneurship to create a product that would look good, but have purpose too.

The brand is cool, growing and determined to stay true to its values.

“We put the utmost care into the manufacturing process, from designing our signature feather-etching, to building strong relationships with manufacturers and partners around the globe,” adds Ed.

Already featured in Forbes magazine, the Mirror and named in the Independent's Top 15 Women's Sunglasses, the company recently came second out of 2000 companies in the National Santander Entrepreneurship Awards.

Ed adds: “We love it. For lifestyle brands, Devon is the place to be. It’s a wonderful place to live and work and these days really easy to access everywhere else. We’ve got great airports, London is just two hours away on the train and yet we have the most beautiful of landscapes and beaches on our doorstep - now that’s a lifestyle!”


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