DCCI to present OPTIMISE Design Ireland programme in CRAFTS CODE Seminar

Posted 11.05.20

DCCI to present OPTIMISE Design Ireland programme in first CRAFTS CODE Interregional Thematic Seminar

Design & Crafts Council Ireland (DCCI) will participate in a two-day online seminar as part of the Interreg Europe project, CRAFTS CODE. The seminar will focus on the topic 'How to improve innovation in business models and process'. It will include speakers from Bulgaria, Ireland, Spain, Italy, Finland and Hungary. Partners, stakeholders and participants of CRAFTS CODE will share their good practices. Running via Zoom over two days – Tuesday 12 and Wednesday 13 May – registration is free and open to all. Book your place now on Eventbrite.

On 12 May DCCI will present on the OPTIMISE Design Ireland programme as their first example of a good practice to partner countries. Speakers on this topic will include Mary Dunne, DCCI; Kieran Comerford, Head of Enterprise, Local Enterprise Office - Carlow County Council; and Warren Hayes, Coolree Design.

This seminar was originally scheduled to take place in Vaasa, Finland. Due to COVID-19, the two-day seminar will take place on the 12 and 13 May online via Zoom. Partner time zones are below:

  • 9am-11am (Ireland Summer Time)
  • 10am-12pm (Spain/Italy Central Europe Summer Time/GMT +2)
  • 11am-1pm (Finland and Bulgaria/GMT +3)

The ambition of OPTIMISE Design Ireland is to bring Irish design and craft to a global online audience. The programme empowers innovative, design-led Irish brands to improve their online presence, hone their digital capabilities and grow their global e-commerce sales. It brings together best-in-class expertise across the digital, enterprise and design sectors. The IE Domain Registry (IEDR) is the owner of the OPTIMISE Fund which supports Irish business owners in planning, developing and implementing significant web enhancements and e-commerce capabilities to their existing websites. Design & Crafts Council Ireland runs DesignIreland.ie, an online platform connecting audiences all over the world with Ireland’s makers, their studios and their inspiration. The Trading Online Voucher Scheme is delivered by the Local Enterprise Offices on behalf of the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment.

Funded by Interreg Europe, CRAFTS CODE works with stakeholders to identify the barriers to SMEs working in the craft sector and in relation to accessing financial, professional and developmental supports. It aims to enhance the competitiveness of craft SMEs by developing a framework to stimulate policy learning and build capacity to improve the implementation of regional development policies and programmes. A total of nine partners are involved in the project which will run from 2019 until 2023.

For agenda and more information see here

CRAFTS CODE aims to assist interagency communication and co-ordination of available supports in each partner’s region. Project partners aim to influence policy development at a regional level and to improve access to supports for business start-ups, business expansion and higher innovation levels in micro-enterprises.

The partnership is comprised as follows:

  • Municipality of Florence, Italy
  • Design & Crafts Council Ireland
  • Vaasa University of Applied Sciences, Finland
  • Artesis Plantijn University College Antwerp, Belgium
  • EOI Foundation, Spain
  • Budapest Foundation for Enterprise Promotion, Hungary
  • RAM Central Stara Planina, Bulgaria
  • Ministry of Economy, European Funds for Competitiveness Directorate General, Bulgaria
  • Regional Council of Ostrobothnia, Finland

Additional information can be found here.

For other enquiries please contact: europe@dcci.ie

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