CRAFT runs once a year and is located alongside Home and Top Drawer at Olympia, London in January. The three shows cover a range of product sectors, including Gift, Stationery and Greetings, Fashion, Wellbeing and Children’s.
Housed in its own specially designed space, CRAFT showcases handmade products and is home to 100 carefully selected contemporary makers. CRAFT ran for the first time in 2014, however, Top Drawer has run since 1984, has 800 exhibitors and 14,000 visitors. It hopes to attract an audience of international retailers, galleries, museums, professional buyers and collectors.
This opportunity is suitable for makers who are considering taking part in CRAFT, Top Drawer or Home in the future. The trip should provide those successful with an insight into the show, whether it is right for their business and how they might need to develop their product/s for this trade audience. It is ideal for any maker looking to break into and/or expand their trade business in UK markets in particular.
To apply, you must not have attended CRAFT as an exhibitor or on a Go & See trip before, you must live and work in Scotland, and you must have a live, up-to-date public maker profile on the Craft Scotland website. Your application should demonstrate your understanding of the opportunity and how it can benefit you and your business, how this trip fits with your current business plan, and how you plan to maximise the opportunity of attending.
Selected makers will be asked to pay a participation fee of £50 upon acceptance, will receive a travel and accommodation bursary of £250, entrance tickets to CRAFT, Top Drawer and Home, and be invited to a networking dinner.
The deadline for receipt of applications is 5pm on Monday 23 November 2015.
Please note that that this opportunity is subject to board approval.
For the full details of how to apply for this opportunity please visit the Craft Scotland website.