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Building a Craft and Design Enterprise Programme 2019. Participants will be brought through an extensive business development programme delivered by a range of experts and mentors.

The Design & Crafts Council of Ireland is committed to empowering its registered designers and makers to develop sustainable businesses, increase livelihoods and open up new markets for quality Irish designed goods at home and overseas.

The Building a Craft and Design Enterprise training programme (BCDE) has been developed in partnership between The Design and Crafts Council of Ireland (DCCoI) and Local Enterprise Offices (LEO’S) nationally. The programme is delivered by a range of highly respected experts who have an extensive and current practical knowledge of the creative sector. The course content provides participants with the required skills to operate and develop their business in the current changing market place. The course focuses on the following areas:

Since 2013 the course has built a reputation in the sector as an interactive learning platform. As part of this approach each Building a Craft and Design Enterprise programme includes a strong focus on export research. Past and recent graduates of the programme have gone on to improve the day-to-day operational practices of their businesses, become profitable and have successfully broadened their sales and marketing strategies through export. Designers who have successfully completed the programme, throughout the country, have been those with 18 months plus of trading experience who wish to improve their products and more established craft / design based businesses who wish to develop new work to explore new markets.

DCCoI and LEO Building Craft and Design Enterprise programmes are currently being developed for 2019 throughout the country and will be announced shortly.

Over the course of eight months you will undertake:

If you looking for a programme to grow your business and increase your margins while exploring new exciting opportunities you can contact us in confidence for more information via email


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