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Robert Haywood

Robert Haywood

Founder and visionary behind Souk.uk

For over four decades I’v worked with creative people in many of the traditional handcraft industries in the UK, Europe and northern India, working with them in workshops, studios, factories and small rural communities

Central to my efforts then and today has been the preservation of creative peoples traditional skills and knowhow, whilst helping them meet the product quality and service standards expected by mail order customers and retailers.

One of my greatest pleasures has been travelling with and representing some of these creative people, authors and musicians throughout the world acting as agent, wholesale importer, internet retailer and road manager.

Whilst most of my life has been spent working with, woods, fabric, paints, resins, plasters, ceramics, nonferrous metals, paper and print; since being introduced to my first computer in 1985 and building a online mail order website in 2008, I have come to understand and gain considerable knowledge of internet advertising and retailing.

The inspiration behind thesouk.uk took place whilst on retreat in Rishikes, northern India in December 2019, shortly before Covid 19 locked us all down, where I was undertaking an ayurvedic medicine and yoga retreat.

Perhaps it was due to rejuvenation effects from six weeks of detox that gave rise to the realisation, artists, craftspeople, authors and wellbeing practitioners, would really benefit from having a dedicated emporium style internet market place, that didn’t cost the earth and combined all the information about themselves, products or services in one place.