Local Designers and Craftspeople Ready to ‘Showcase’
Local design and craft businesses are aiming to impress 5,000 buyers visiting the ‘Enterprise Zone’ at the Showcase Creative Expo in Dublin, thanks to the help of the Local Enterprise Office.
In all, 97 small craft and design businesses, representing 22 counties around Ireland, have all been supported by their Local Enterprise Office, making it possible for them to sell to international retail buyers from more than twenty countries such as the US, France, Japan, China and Italy.
Cork City will be represented by Loominations (http://loominations.ie/about/)and MyStones (http://www.mystones.ie/)craft and design businesses within the Enterprise Zone. Here's a video introducing all of the Cork representatives at Showcase: https://youtu.be/RjbR3uMBbXI
A wide range of creative sectors will be represented within the Enterprise Zone at Showcase, such as ceramics, knitwear, jewellery, interiors, skincare and giftware. The area has become known as the home for emerging designers and craftspeople in recent years.
To find out more about Showcase, visit www.showcaseireland.com or find them on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest at the addresses below.
Showcase 2016 at the RDS runs from January 24th to 27th and is the first major trade event of the year, organised by the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland and promoted internationally by Enterprise Ireland.
Local Enterprise Offices in the Local Authorities Network also offer a range of year-round supports to the craft and design sector locally, such as financial assistance, microfinance loans, trading online vouchers, mentoring, business advice clinics and training programmes.