Craft Central

In Business

Business training and support

We’re here to help! Craft Central offers practical and insightful professional development training for designer makers.

Whether you’re just setting up or more established, we help makers develop the skills to build robust and profitable businesses. Continually developing new and relevant programmes, we assist makers in increasing their chances of long-term success and personal fulfilment whatever stage they are at in their careers.

Our rolling In Business professional development programme is scheduled on a quarterly basis. You’ll find relevant business advice delivered by expert consultants, industry professionals and experienced designer makers, through: group workshops, one-to-one surgeries, peer based learning labs and networking events - and if you're a member of Craft Central you can access all these at heavily subsidised prices plus be the first to hear about new training coming up...

NEW DATES - Now open for registrations! Business Boost

A tailor-made 5-month programme offering one-to-ones, workshops and seminars.

In Round 2, the Business Boost programme includes a week's hire of the Craft Central Showcase exhibition space, letting you get your work out to the public and putting the programme outcomes into practice.

Designed specifically for creative practitioners who have been in business for more than one year, the aim of the programme is to support designer makers in growing their businesses and moving into new markets.

Registrations are now being taken for Business Boost Round 2 - click here for full details and to download a registration form

Deadline for applications: 5pm Friday 29 August 2014

Please note: Spaces are strictly limited

Coming soon in 2014! Maker Mentoring

Our second mentorship programme, connecting makers with an established designer, launched with a bang in July 2013. Using their extensive experience in running a business our mentors provide designer makers with the support and guidance needed to drive theirs forward.
Offering flexible, impartial support over a period of 6 months, this programme is tailored to makers who are set up in business, have been running for a year or more and are now committed to pushing their business to the next level.

We will start taking applications for 2014 soon so watch this space!


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