QEST supporters

QEST is incredibly grateful for the support from the following organisations:


Adam Connolly Memorial Fund,

Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundations,

All Churches Trust,

Associated Livery Companies,


Brian Mercer Charitable Trust,

Cambridge Satchel Co,

The Carpenter’s Company,


The Clothworkers’ Company,

The Charlotte Bonham-Carter Charitable Trust,

Coleman Douglas Pearls,

David Blackburn,

Dengie Crops,


Donald Russell,

The D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust,

The Drapers’ Charitable Fund,

D.R. Harris,

Edinburgh Royal Warrant Holder’s Association,

Edmundson Electrical,

The Eranda Foundation,

The Ernest Cook Trust,

The Worshipful Company of Farriers,


Finnis Scott Foundation,

The Garfield Weston Foundation,

Gieves & Hawkes,

Globe-Trotter, Halcyon Days,

The Hedley Foundation,

Holland & Holland,

Howdens Joinery,

The Iliffe Family Charitable Trust,

J Paul Getty Jr Charitable Trust,

Johnston’s of Elgin,

John Lyon’s Charity,

John Smedley,

John Walker & Sons,

The Kirby Laing Foundation,

The Leatherseller’s Company Charitable Fund,

Lock & Co.,

Mappin & Webb,

Moët et Chandon,


Parker Pens,


Peter Jones,

The Worshipful Company of Pewterer’s,

Pilgrim Trust,


The Prince of Wales’s Charitable Trust,

The Radcliffe Trust,

Roberts Radio,

The Robertson Trust,

Robin Wodehouse,

The Rumi Foundation,

The Worshipful Company of Saddlers,

Sandringham Association of Royal Warrant Holders,

Sir Siegmund Warburg Settlement,


The Tallow Chandlers’ Company,

Tom Bunning,

Tom Smith,



Walker & Wodehouse Wines,

Walkers Shortbread,

The Worshipful Company of Wood Turners,

The Wren Press,

Zone Creations.

Case study

Savvy Royal Warrant Holding Companies have reached out to QEST’s scholars and enjoyed the innovative and creative aspect that they can bring to a range, thus benefiting the company, but also supporting the craftsman by introducing them to working with a team within a commercial environment.

Johnstons of Elgin recognised the creative resource that QEST can bring to its historic mills and inherently understood that an established company can help scholars in a commercial environment.  During 2014, four scholars were invited to Scotland to see its production mill in action and immediately all parties were engaged in utilising the synergy for mutual benefit.  Johnstons sponsored Kim Norrie to undertake her MA in Textile Design at the Royal College of Art and, at the same time, set QEST a collaborative project.  Due to cancelled orders or overruns, there is always a surplus of cashmere yarn and Johnstons invited textile scholars to design a cashmere blanket using that sustainable yarn to form a QEST/Johnstons Capsule Collection.  The successful scholars have already had their designs accepted and these will go into production during January/February 2015.  

The Capsule Collection, limited to 200 pieces will be launched in August 2015 and initially will be sold through Johnstons’ retail outlets in Elgin, Harwick and St. Andrews as well as through its on-line and mail order portals. The retail price of £495 per blanket, includes a £100 donation for QEST and with this special project estimated to raise £20,000 for QEST.