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Useful Information, Resources and Help

March 31, 2020

Craft Central has put together some useful information, links and promotions that aim to help makers and the self-employed through these testing times of shutdown and isolation. Like all other venues, we have to postpone all events and workshops for the time being. Our onsite office is also closed. Craft Central staff will be working romotely until further notice.

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On a more positive note, we aim to have a Winter Market on the weekend 19/20 November 2020. We will release the application shortly for this.

Business Support

The Design Trust offers an array of online resources and training to help support creative businesses who want to set up in, grow and survive these difficult times! They have a FREE session available to our members at 2pm on Thursday 2nd April, given by PR Dispatch around the subject of ‘Is PR still Relevant?’

In this 30-minute workshop with Rosie Davies-Smith from PR Dispatch, Rosie will cover how to reach out to the press during this time as well as answer a whole host of your PR questions including:

  • Is the press still working?
  • What are they working on?
  • How to pitch sensitively and build relationships?
  • Is your product relevant at this time?
  • Pitching to long-lead at this time
  • What to do if you gain coverage at this time?
  • How to sell at this time?

Registration here

Also they are responding to the demand of the creative community with launching a brand new online course ‘Teach Your Creative Skills Online’ starting this Wednesday 1 April and taking place on 8 and 15 April. (https://www.tdtonlinebusinessschool.co.uk/courses/44/about)

This is a 3 x 3 hour online course aimed at creatives who are serious about teaching online. Perhaps you are already teaching workshops, but we want to ‘educate’ your audience e.g. to up sell craft kits for example or to show them how to use their journal or loom (if you sell equipment) and also to share your creative process and improve your profile too. Facebook event here

Enterprise Nation offers free advice and support for small businesses. They have a blog about  How small businesses can access the government's coronavirus support

Worknotes.co.uk is a good resource for freelancers, it offers articles, resources and community. It has sections on Coronavirus planning and support.

LCN business consultant Remi Harris has put together a Creative and Freelance Toolkit for COVID-19 (UK). The app is a collection of links to useful resources and can be downloaded for free here.  

Sign up to the Craft Council’s newsletter, they too are working to support makers and small businesses.

Selling and Promoting

With selling events on hold for the foreseeable future this is the time to get your products listed on these top handmade product selling sites.