About Us

Our History

We are passionate about lampshade making because we have been involved in the industry for such a long time — our business was founded in 1982 in Hackney, East London, as Martin Dannell & Co Ltd. The Company manufactured a broad range of lampshade making products and provided many services for the vibrant manufacturers who used to supply the retailers back in the day.

Dannells Today

We now operate from a 20,000 sq ft factory in Essex and employ about 30 dedicated staff, most of whom have been with the Company for decades. We are proud to be a British manufacturer. We have always been known as Dannells and recently changed our name to Dannells Limited when our founder Martin Dannell retired. Martin is very wisely spending much less time with us and far more time on holiday and the business is today run by Jamie Dannell & David Little, and their staff. Jamie & David have been with the companies for nearly 40 years and have vast experience in the industry.

We love the creativity of new designs, interacting with artistic and productive people and we also try hard to educate people on how to make lampshades themselves, either to coordinate with their home or for their friends or family or business. We have started a very successful forum that offers lampshade makers knowledge support and inspiration.

Dannells headquarters building in Waltham Abbey

Our Customers

We work on many different levels with a wide range of individuals and groups including the public, designers, entrepreneurs, retailers, tradespeople, schools and educational establishments who may need some friendly help and technical advice.  We speak with everyone, so if you need any help at any time you can call us, we would be pleased to help in any way we can.

A Trusted Partner

Dannells Limited is a well-established and reputable company that provides high-quality products and supplies and excellent customer service. Its commitment to innovation and quality has made it a trusted name in the industry and a favourite among lampshade makers and manufacturers worldwide.

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Our Team

We're here to help and happy to listen!
We have high standards and want to give you excellent customer service to make ordering with us as easy as possible and hassle-free.
Here are the people who make that happen.

Diane Harvey

Customer Service Manager

Usually our customers' first point of contact.  Friendly and efficient, Diane really looks after our customers. If you have any queries about products, samples or orders, please contact Diane.

E-mail: diane@dannells.com

Paul Dowling

Print Manager

Manages all our print orders, & brings a wealth of experience to the role. If you need a quote or have an enquiry or question about any print-related product or order, please contact Paul who will be pleased to help you.

E-mail: paul@dannells.com

Melina Hayes

Accounts Manager

Our credit controller and also looks after our purchase ledger. Bringing lots of experience from a banking background.  Contact Melina if you wish to discuss any financial aspect of your business or transaction with us.

E-mail: melina@dannells.com

Monica Franco

Marketing Manager

Monica joined us in 2019 and plays a crucial role in helping us promote, educate and present our products to our customers over all our social media platforms and channels.

E-mail: monica@dannells.com

Sam Sterken

Blog Coordinator & Demonstrator

Sam has been working with us since 2015, representing us on shopping channels, running workshops, and demonstrating at exhibitions and events. Sam looks after our blog and interviews our customers for our monthly Meet the Makers feature, which inspires and helps others. Take a look and click here

E-mail: sam@dannells.com

David Eddison

Procurement Manager

With responsibility for procurement and all aspects of managing the supply chain, since starting in 2020, David has brought his knowledge and ability to collaborate with colleagues to substitute manual processes with automation, in turn increasing efficiencies throughout the business.

E-mail: david.eddison@dannells.com

David Little


Joined in 1990 as the company's Production Manager, David has expanded his remit to product development, marketing, IT management and is active in all areas of our evolution as a Company. His innovative mind is behind many of our best-selling products and ideas.


James Dannell


Joined in 1995, initially as our Sales Manager. He has since built up a wealth of product and manufacturing knowledge & is now active in all areas of our Company's management & diversification, as well as product development, sales & marketing.  Along with David, Jamie is one of the company's major shareholders.

E-mail: Jamie@dannells.com

Martin Dannell
Founded Martin Dannell & Company in 1982 having already worked in the fashion, lighting, interiors & soft furnishings industries for over 20 years.
Martin remains active in our Company & our ethos of quality products and superb customer service all stem from him.

E-mail: martin@dannells.com

Alan Went
Joined in 1983, as Martin's business partner.  An exceptionally skilled engineer, Alan built much of our plant & now into his 80's, regularly visits us as a highly valued colleague & consultant.


Our EU Team

EU flag

Malgosia & Nick Masters
European Distributors

Malgosia & Nick Masters of Lighthouse Crafts, a family business located near Warsaw, offer our EU clients some of our best-selling products for immediate dispatch direct from stock held in the EU, making it a more efficient, straightforward and pleasant experience to get hold of your lampshade making essentials and significantly reducing unnecessary bureaucracy and paperwork.


Our Brands



Our British creative lighting brand, Needcraft, was born from 50 years of experience serving the lighting industry worldwide. By taking our expertise of manufacturing quality engineered materials, we’ve created professional kits for crafters and DIY enthusiasts to make their own lampshades using coverings to match their interiors or room theme, all made in the historic town of Waltham Abbey in England. Designed to fit the most popular US, UK and European lamp holders and pendant fittings, all of our Lampshade Making Kits include easy-to-follow photo instructions with plenty of tips and tricks for easy assembly, making them ideal projects for beginner crafters as well as professional makers. Most importantly, our professional-grade components are also tested to be Safe, Fire-Resistant and have Anti-Static and Anti-Yellowing properties.


We manufacture an exclusive range of specialist self-adhesive lampshade materials in a vast variety of attractive finishes that are used in retail lighting products and commercial installations worldwide.

Our Products

From hobbyists to manufacturers - We have products for everyone.


Our Needcraft Individual kits are ideal for retailers and perfect for haberdashery merchants - an excellent product for selling fabric stock.


Everything you need to make your own lampshades for retail or commercial projects - supplied at the most competitive rates.

Workshops, Schools and Colleges

Our workshop packs offer the opportunity for participants to do something sociable and crafty, with the brilliant bonus of learning a new skill and going away with a professional product made with their own fabric and their own hands. Many people who have started with workshops have gone on to build successful, thriving and fulfilling lampshade-making businesses.

Our Other Websites

Our Needprint printing division enables us to offer a wide range of bespoke print and design solutions.

Previously known as Need a Banner -  Needprint is a dedicated website for high-quality low-cost advertising banners and displays. Whether you want just one banner for a one-off promotion, or you need hundreds, visit our Needprint website to view our full range of offerings.

Needprint logo and link

Our Social Media
In today's world, it's essential to have good social media channels to interact with our customers, join forums, ask questions and share feedback. Therefore we have many channels that engage with our industry. To visit our social media pages, click a link below.
Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google Plus Instagram Pinterest Youtube Vimeo Account  Blog Facebook   

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We hope this page has given you an insight into our company.
If you need any more information, please get in touch.