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Growth Programme May 2024

This programme is aimed at design and craft companies who are beyond ideation, have been operating for some time, and wish to scale beyond their current position either in the Irish market or an international market. A series of training workshops and mentoring that supports growth from start-up to scaling stage.

At the end of this programme you will have:

  • defined your vision for your business
  • understood your customer and competitors
  • improved your ability to make strategic business decisions
  • defined your strategic objective, key milestones and
  • implementation steps for success
  • learned how to use the business tools shared on the course
  • improved your entrepreneurial confidence








Dr, Colm Reilly

Dr. Colm Reilly is an experienced professional with a track record and international experience in Economic Development including innovation, business structuring and business development. His experiences have been initially informed by multi-national companies (Novartis, Fujitsu, and Electrolux). In addition, he has established three start-up companies – Eureto, Aviareto and BiotherapeuticsMD – which operate to this day. His international experience is in Europe, North America, and the Middle East where he has run significant operations.

In the past 15 years, Colm has worked as a senior executive in a global consulting organisation. He has worked extensively in the craft sector at a European and North American level and works alongside a team of experts in Retail, Jewellery, Clothing and Furniture. He currently leads the team delivering the Business Growth programme for the World Craft Council.

The curriculum he has developed for Craft companies in Ireland is based on companies working on their own company and product throughout the coursework supported by individual mentoring sessions. This means that by the end of the programme companies have a clear and distinct focus and a detailed plan of what to do next. The team also connects companies into their relevant agencies to ensure that they can achieve and access the relevant funding that is available to them.

Colm has published three books based on SME development – The Pricing Puzzle, Value Price and Sustained Competitiveness and No Frontiers – how companies learn to Export.

Course fee

  • €300


  • One full day per week for three weeks – 09:30 – 16:30


  • Applications close: 8 May 2024
  • Current Course begins: 9 May 2024
  • Course ends: 23 May 2024

Please note: places are offered on a rolling basis and the course may close in advance of date listed.

Accredited by

  • UK Chartered Management Institute


Interviews: In advance of programme starting.

  • Modules 1 & 2: 9th May 2024, 09:30 – 16:30. Creating the foundation of growth in your business. Understanding toolsets to generate value, pricing and structure in your business
  • Modules 3 & 4: 16th May 2024, 09:30 – 16:30. Using toolsets to create the conditions of growth.  The machinery of running a growing business
  • Modules 5 & 6: 23rd May 2024, 09:30 – 16:30. Selling and Financial Management – the sharp end of business.  Building your growth plan
  • Pitching Session



  • Online and in-person, location tailored to suit applicants. All classes will be made available online.

Student Testimonials 

“Colm delivered a very complete business course which compiled all the core information needed to review and refine the core foundations of a small craft business. In spite of the large amount of information covered, I left each session with much clarity regarding each topic covered, and the steps to follow towards building my Business Plan. Anita’s weekly mentoring session allowed for any questions in relation to each topic covered to be answered, and specific business points to be discussed for my brand. Overall I am extremely satisfied with the content of this course and the way it was delivered. It has helped me a lot to gain clarity about the steps to take to develop my business in a way that is specific to my brand’s voice and vision.

Laetitia Sorohan, NAIIAD Jewellery

“The DCCI growth course is a comprehensive programme with mentor support that gives you the tools to focus better on the structure of your business ie. realistic pricing, market strategy, sales channels. A very valuable course for start up craft businesses.

Tanya Ryan, Fiadh and Finn

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