Our Company


Fair trade wooden toy company Lanka Kade was founded in 1994 when business partners Upul and Diane returned to the UK having met in Sri Lanka whilst working for the Red Cross. They did not want to lose contact with the country and the people they both love, therefore they set up a small import business to maintain links with Sri Lanka.

The name Lanka Kade translates to ‘The Sri Lankan Shop’.

Since 1994, Lanka Kade has grown to become an established business based in the heart of the UK specialising in the design, craft and supply of fair trade wooden toys and gifts for children. Our distinctive range of educational toys offers both bright bold colours and natural wood finishes.


Our director Diane was, prior to Sri Lanka, a school teacher. Drawing on this experience, Diane was able to envisage the educational elements that were to be part of every Lanka Kade toy and gift. Once our experienced designer Anne joined the team, there was no stopping the creativity!

Anne has designed Lanka Kade products (with input from the team!) to inspire learning through play which aid the development of language, picture, shape and colour recognition skills to name a few. We have worked hard to set high standards for quality handcrafted toys. This, along with our bright colours and natural wood finishes are popular with parents and children alike!


As we have evolved over the last twenty years our ethos has remained the same; to build long-term, sustainable trading partnerships that provide stability and protect local skills. We encourage our producer’s independence and growth at every level and offer interest-free loans, training and independent financial support to help them grow into independent businesses.

Our director Upul comments “Seeing our producer groups flourish over the years into the healthy, independent businesses they are today has been inspiring to see and a privilege to be a part of. The ten groups we work with have given employment to over 180 local people and allowed them to provide for themselves and their families with pride. We are most proud of the independence our producers now demonstrate having seized the opportunities we offered over the years and look forward to working with more groups in the future.’


Lanka Kade is a small team of nine staff in the UK. Working mainly from our Market Harborough HQ,  one is warehouse based, two are designers and the rest of the team attempt to cover everything else in between. 

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