Apply Now for the Building Craft and Design Enterprise Programme 2021

Posted 25.05.21

Are you an ambitious craftworker or designer looking to inject fresh new ideas and more structure into your enterprise? Do you believe you need to work smarter to better develop a sustainable business in a changing world?

The BCDE programme could be exactly what you need to recognize opportunities, boost your work in the marketplace through focused design-led workshops.

Since 2015 almost 400 talented craft and design enterprises, from all over Ireland, have become part of the BCDE family. Graduates of the programme have gone on to heighten their profile, increase their market share, explore new markets, and significantly improved online presence. The programme has always been adaptable to the needs and disciplines of participants while recognising ongoing changes in the marketplace. In 2020 the programme(s) were a much-needed support and help to designers while navigating unprecedented challenges during the pandemic.

Link to Apply

Graduates of the Building a Craft and Design Enterprise BCDE 2021 programme will have:

  • The tools to self-audit and future plan
  • Understand current market and design trends
  • Develop a leaner business model
  • The ability to recognise and respond to current opportunities in the market
  • Be stimulated to enhance design and product presentation
  • Brand product effectively
  • Improve the quality and effectiveness of online activity
  • Cost and promote your product in the marketplace
  • Peer and network support during and post-graduation
  • 8 days training
  • Bespoke 1-2-1 mentoring sessions

BCDE is run over seven months and covers the following key areas of development:

  1. Awareness of future trends.
  2. A move towards new products / ranges for growth.
  3. Tools you can use for future product development.
  4. Strategies for getting your product to new markets and increasing market share

BCDE is suitable for clients at different stages of development but applicants must be trading for 18 months or more to take part.

Application deadline: 6pm, Monday 14 June

The  Building Craft and Design Enterprise (BCDE) Programme is offered by Design & Crafts Council Ireland and Local Enterprise Offices for creative enterprises looking to inject new ideas and approaches to product development into their practice.

The BCDE programme aims to support the Craft and Design sector.

Download further details on the BCDE programme here

Link to Apply

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