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Workshop: Grow your creative business: how to work with manufacturers

  • z-arts 335 Stretford Road Manchester, England, M15 5ZA United Kingdom (map)

Looking to grow your business but cannot produce the quantity? Looking to expand your product range or portfolio practice? Do you have the ideas but not the resources to product the work that you want?

Don't fear the Manufacturing process, it can make a significant benefit to your business capacity, income and growth

Tickets are available now for this Crafts Council event. £40 (early bird tickets available until 6th June midday. £5 discount available to Crafts Council Directory makers). 

Why should you attend?

  • Find out about how to visualise the expansion of your business
  • Get direct and professional advice from representatives from manufacturing on the logistics of working with manufacturers.
  • Find out the top tips from experienced makers working with manufacturers and fabricators in UK and aboard

Who is speaking?

Fi Duffy-Scott is a manufacturing geek and designer, inspired by the value of making, local production and craftsmanship. She is fascinated by materials, machines and what people can do with access to them. Her work as the founder and director of Make Works, an open access directory of local manufacturers, material suppliers and workshops facilities - has given her the opportunity to better understand how artists, designers, makers and creatives can more closely connect with industry, and what the pitfalls can be in this process. Drawing on her experience visiting over 200 manufacturers through the Make Works project, Fi will share insight around the wonderful things that can happen through collaboration with industry; tips for best practice working with manufacturers and boosting confidence to begin making those connections. 

Shaun Adams: 30 years in senior business, project management and consultancy roles operating at the highest strategic level. Apprenticed as a tooling Research/Development Engineer followed by 9 years in industrial/commercial recruitment. Appointed as a Senior Lecturer/New Business Manager within F.E. followed by 4 years as a Business Advisor for the Learning & Skills Council and Business Link working closely with employers, many micro and SME's, across the West Midlands. In 2002 established Adams Perry Limited, a project and business management consultancy offering workforce skills/training and development, recruitment, business strategy and operational modelling, company start up/rescue and development services.  Appointed by the DTI/Birmingham & Solihull Learning & Skills Council to manage the planning, organisation and project delivery of 4 x five year £100+ million workforce development contracts. Subsequently commissioned to write and publish papers and reports on the impact of manufacturing Inward Investment funding on the local and national economies. In 2012 bought Birmingham Case Makers Ltd – with one objective:"To make and supply the best handmade 100% British presentation cases, cabinets and display ware to be found in the United Kingdom.""And I think we have got there – we just need to carry on doing it now!"

Eleanor O'Neill. After completing her degree in Fashion Knitwear Design at Nottingham Trent University, Eleanor O'Neill went on to work for a global supply chain manager in New York, an international luxury brand in Switzerland and an established Italian knitwear brand. She returned to the UK in 2014 to set up her own knitwear label and is based in Newcastle. Having set up her business with the help of The Prince's Trust, and won their 'Tomorrow's business Award' in 2016, her womenswear label focuses heavily on the origins and sustainability of raw materials, ethical production and investment in craftsmanship.

What is on offer?

Advice on what to expect when working on working with manufacturers including contracts, budget planning, timescales and potential order requirements
How to realise your business potential, whether through batch production or scaling up to large scale projects
What investment you need to be considering when working with manufacturers and fabricators

Proposed Agenda

12.45pm Arrival, registration and tea/coffee

1.00 pm Welcome and Introductions

1.30 pm Industry Advisor presentation - Fi Scott

2.20pm Break

2.40pm Manufacturer presentation – Shaun Adams

3.20pm Maker presentation - Eleanor O'Neill

4pm Reflections and Q+A

4.30pm Networking

5pm Finish

What refreshments are provided on the day?

Tea and coffee will be provided at the start of the session

**£5 Discount available to Crafts Council Directory makers, please email for more info**

How to work with manufacturers workshop is part of a series of workshops and events designed by the Crafts Council to provide makers with skills to export and promote their work successfully.