Craft Business Programmes

Craft Business Programmes from the LEO

Building a Craft & Design Enterprise Programme Fashion Designer Stock Image

The Building a Craft & Design Enterprise Programme is a joint venture by the Design & Craft Council of Ireland and the Local Enterprise Office network. This development programme is designed for start-ups in the craft and design sector (trading for at least 18 months), who are looking to expand and develop into new markets, and research development potential. The programme includes dedicated mentoring from a consultant with dedicated experience in the unique challenges of the sector, and entry into a London Trade Show.

The current programme is complete, but please see the brochure here to learn more


Showcase 2020

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. 

Local Enterprise Showcase - Supporting Bright Ideas

Showcase 2021 takes place on 24th - 27th January 2021. Contact us to learn more


Cork Craft & Design

Cork Craft & Design

Cork Craft & Design (CCD) brings together craftspeople from across Cork County, regardless of whether they are members of other local guilds, associations or networks, 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.

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Dedicated Mentoring & Training

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 maire morrisexperience in the area, whom we can appoint to you for business advice.

Throughout the year, the LEO on occasion offers dedicated training, such as the Fashion Entrepreneurial Masterclass with Máire Morris

If you are at the beginning stage, you will benefit from a one-hour Business Advice Clinic with Meabh Ring, our industry mentor in Cork.

If you are already established, mentoring is an ideal resource to strategise and capitalise on retail opportunities