Craft and Design Business Supports 2021/2022

There are a range of programmes and supports for Design and Crafts businesses in 2021 and 2022 

Building a Craft and Design Enterprise Programme 2021

A Design Crafts Council Ireland (DCCI) and National Local Enterprise Office (LEO) initiative supporting the Craft and Design sector


Are you an ambitious craftworker or designer looking to inject fresh new ideas and more structure into your enterprise? Do you believe you need to work smarter to better develop a sustainable business in a changing world?

Building a Craft and Design Enterprise (BCDE)

The BCDE programme could be exactly what you need to recognize opportunities, boost your work in the marketplace through focused design-led workshops. Since 2015 almost 400 talented craft and design enterprises, from all over Ireland, have become part of the BCDE family. Graduates of the programme have gone on to heighten their profile, increase their market share, explore new markets, and significantly improved online presence. The programme has always been adaptable to the needs and disciplines of participants while recognising ongoing changes in the marketplace. This programme is created for those more than 18 months in business to those trading for a considerable time who wish to take stock and diversify.

Graduates of the Building a Craft and Design Enterprise BCDE 2021 programme will have:

  • The tools to self-audit and future plan
  • Understand current market and design trends
  • Develop a leaner business model
  • The ability to recognise and respond to current opportunities in the market
  • Be stimulated to enhance design and product presentation
  • Brand product effectively.
  • Improve the quality and effectiveness of online activity
  • Cost and promote your product in the marketplace
  • Peer and network support during and post-graduation

8 days training

Bespoke 1-2-1 mentoring sessions

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Applications through Galway LEO  are open until 14 June for the first series of programmes. Please apply for the national programme through the following link:

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Get Set Building Craft and Design Enterprise (GSBCDE) :

A national programme created for DCCI/LEO clients who want to push their boundaries on product development and branding. First piloted in 2019 this is an intense four day programme focusing on design process, product development and brand. Spaced at two month interval it allows time for important development work in the interim. Graduates of the Get Set Building Craft and Design Enterprise are then invited to apply to take part in the more in-depth  Building Craft and Design Enterprise Programme.

“The Get Set programme was by far the best and most inspiring course I have ever done. I feel so lucky to have been part of it, the speakers brought something new and exciting to the table”. Niamh Gillespie, Creative Director

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Applications through Galway LEO  are open until 14 June. Please apply for the national programme through the following link

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ANAM Craft Marketplace


Designed for Celtic makers who are interested in reaching the US market, the ANAM ‘Start Strong Package’ offers LEO clients a wholesale presence on ANAM Craft’s Silver plan for 4 full months with 24/7 visibility, strategic and diverse marketing campaigns, access to support team, and on-boarding webinars coordinated with the LEO mentors ahead of storefront activation.

Start Strong Package Offers LEO clients:

  • A satisfying wholesale ecommerce experience for minimal expense
  • A risk-free way to test the American wholesale market
  • Robust support and guidance from experienced Celtic Retailers
  • Focused preparation sessions to help Makers grow their brand in US market
  • Access to a vetted pool of proven wholesale buyers

Contact Caoimhe Delany (Business Adviser) to express interest