QEST supporters

QEST is incredibly grateful for support from the following organisations:


The 29th May 1961 Charitable Trust

The Alborada Trust

Allchurches Trust

Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation

The Antiques Dealers Fair

The Arts Society

The Ashley Foundation

The Aurelius Trust

Carole Bamford

Bendicks (Mayfair)

The Battersea Power Station Foundation

The Blagrave Trust

The Britford Bridge Trust

The Cambridge Satchel Company

The Charlotte Bonham-Carter Charitable Trust

CHK Charities

The D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust

The Dulverton Trust

The Edinburgh Association of Royal Warrant Holders

The Edith Murphy Foundation

Jenifer Emery

Ernest Cook Trust

The Finnis Scott Foundation

Garfield Weston Foundation

The Gosling Foundation

The Hedley Foundation

Tom Helme OBE

Heritage Crafts Association

Howdens Joinery

John Lyon’s Charity

John Walker & Sons

The Kirby Laing Foundation

Launer London

L G Harris Trust

Lock Hatters

The London Art History Society

Moët et Chandon

Parker Pen Company


The Pennies Foundation

The PF Charitable Trust

The Pilgrim Trust

The Prince of Wales’s Charitable Fund

The Radcliffe Trust

The Robertson Trust

The Royal Warrant Holders Association

R W Armstrong

Sandringham Association of Royal Warrant Holders



The Stanley Picker Trust

Tanqueray Gordon & Co

Thomas Fattorini

The Worshipful Company of Arts Scholars

The Worshipful Company of Broderers

The Worshipful Company of Carpenters

The Worshipful Company of Cordwainers

The Worshipful Company of Drapers

The Worshipful Company of Leathersellers

The Worshipful Company of Pewterers

The Worshipful Company of Saddlers

The Worshipful Company of Turners

The Wren Press

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.