Building a Craft & Design Enterprise - South East

Building a Craft and Design Enterprise Programme - South East 

The Local Enterprise Offices in the South East (Carlow, Kilkenny, Tipperary, Waterford & Wexford) along with the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland are seeking expressions of interest from ambitious established design makers in the South East who want to inject new ideas and approaches to product development into their practice. Boost your product into new markets through a series of design led workshops.

The programme is aimed at businesses over 18 months trading with the ambition to grow their business

Over the course of seven months the participant will undertake:

  • Research mission to a London trade show COLLECT LONDON 25th - 28th February 2020.
  • Enhancing the Design and Product 
  • Developing the Brand.
  • Costing and Promoting the  product in the marketplace
  • 8 days training
  • Bespoke 1-2-1 mentoring sessions
  • Considered research into future markets.

What can the participant expect to gain from the programme?

  • Awareness of future trends
  • A move towards new products/ ranges for growth 
  • Tools you can use for future product development
  • Strategies for getting your product to new market and increasing market share.

Expression of Interest 

If you are interested please complete the application form which is available to download here.

The deadline for receipt of fully completed applications is Friday 19th July 2019 @ 5pm

Please note that places are limited. 

The fee to participate is 150 euros and the programme is heavily subsidised. This fee is payable to the Design & Crafts council of Ireland 

Dates are subject to slight change and venues will be confirmed before the Programme starts.



23rd September

Introduction to Programme/ Design trends/market research

24th September

Product Development Part 1

22 October

Business Structure and Organisation

23 October  

Online presence- website audit

6 February

Finance – Costing & Pricing

25 to 28 Feb

Collect London & research visit

22 April

PR and Branding your product range

23 April

Retail Relations and Exporting

 25th & 26th May

One to One mentoring

Business /sales /design

27th May 

International Trade Fair preparation and certificate presentation

Press Releases

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Public Call for Expression of Interest

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