Craft Business Programmes

LEO Supports for Craft & Design Sectors

Training and Developmental Programmes for Craft & Design

fashion masterclass

Training programmes designed for start-ups in the craft and design sector, who are looking to expand and develop into new markets and research development potential. 

The programmes include - Elevate Your Brand, Tradeshow Preparation, Export Toolkit, Visual Merchantising. To book, see our Online Bookings page

Dedicated Mentoring and Business Advice 

Fashion Mentoring

Working in the craft & design space presents unique challenges and opportunities. With this in mind, the LEO has a dedicated number of mentors with vast experience in the area, whom we can appoint to you for business advice.

Apply for Mentoring Here

    Dearcán Bursary     

Dearcán bursary

The Dearcán Bursary was established to provide artists, craft makers and product designers - currently resident in County Cork - with the opportunity to research, reflect and engage with their practice in all of its creative and commercial aspects



Showcase is an annual Trade Show event in the RDS, the largest of it's kind in Ireland. Each year, the Local Enterprise Offices have a dedicated space upstairs in the balcony area, where emerging crafts businesses have the opportunity to engage with buyers all over the world. Over 3 days, traders have the opportunity to sell to businesses that have the power to increase sales and exposure for you.

Applications for Showcase 2024 is now closed

Benchspace Cork


Benchspace is a creative hub in Cork City. It was established to provide affordable access to workbenches and professional standard machinery to hobbyists, learners, makers and designers. help to providing space and equipment at an affordable price. Benchspace charges one fee to cover all of your machine, space, power, waste and workshop insurance costs. 

Benchspace Cork

Cork Craft & Design

Cork Craft

Cork Craft & Design (CCD) brings together craftspeople from across Cork County in order to build country-wide business opportunity for the sector. Supported by the LEO, this is a valuable network to be a member of, and provides networking opportunites through their membership

Cork Craft & Design