BIG 2014 Start for six Small Local Craft Producers

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Six small craft businesses from Galway are taking a big step showcasing their products to international buyers within the ‘Enterprise Zone’ at this year’s Showcase event, which is taking place this week in the RDS Dublin from 19th to 22nd January 2014.

The Galway companies exhibiting are; Bernadine Burke from Friends & Family Trees; Alex & Joanna from OlyArt; Lol McClean from Island Designs/Artisan Inishbofin; Catherine Dunne from Irish Greeting Cards; Brian Cahill from Amilie Designs and Roisin Gregory from Ceramic Arts.

Breda Fox from the Galway County & City Enterprise Board Ltd., said “From small beginnings as Start-ups, this is an immense step towards allowing them access new Irish and International markets. A number of these local producers gained their first show experience at the LOCAL Food and Craft Fair, held in the Black Box Theatre, hosted by Galway Enterprise Board in 2012 and 2013. Supported by the Galway County & City Enterprise Board Ltd., exhibitors in the Enterprise Zone will have the opportunity to meet both Irish and International buyers at Showcase.” 

Organised by the Crafts Council of Ireland, the annual creative expo is valued by industry experts as one of the most important trade events for Ireland’s craft sector and runs from Sunday, 19th January to Wednesday, 22nd January. Since 2010, the number of small craft businesses exhibiting in the zone has almost tripled from 35 to almost 100 in 2014.

In 2010, the County and City Enterprise Boards supported 35 small businesses at Showcase through subsidised stands, rising to 50 in 2011 and 57 in 2012, before reaching 75 craft businesses last year.

Breda Fox added: “There is a high calibre of craft businesses from throughout the county and city, showcasing high quality products and innovative design at this year’s event.  With our support both preparing for the show and attending it our craft clients have a valuable opportunity to exhibit their products in the RDS Dublin at a large scale event. A record number of craft and design companies, from throughout the country, can potentially break into new markets both at home and abroad.