Crafting Business -
Now accepting applications for our October 2022 Programme.

The Programme Provides

Makers with a programme of business skills and creative development through:

Business planning and designing your future
Peer review and critical debate for business and creative practice
Costing, pricing and financial planning
Verbal presentation and written skills for makers
Market and audience development, and ideas around production

Who Should Apply?

  • A craftsperson
  • A maker
  • A designer
  • An artist
  • A creative



Wednesday 05th October 2022: Call open for applications for Crafting Business programme Monday 24th October 2022: Deadline for Applications at 8pm (This is a competitive programme with limited capacity. A shortlisting process will take place) Apply Now: Click here


All workshops will take place online to allow for a national reach and flexibility for the makers, however, we will meet in person for the maker’s day, business plan presentation day and for the reflection day in Limerick. There is flexibility for the business plan day and reflection day, but the makers day involves a walk and talk so that will be in-person.

Thursday 27th October 2022 Workshop 1: Induction The team will kick off with an induction day – you will have an opportunity to meet the other participants, get to know each other and discuss what your needs and expectations of the programme.

Friday 28th October 2023 Workshop 2: Business Visioning & Modelling The team will work with you on developing a vision for your business, the starting point of your company and the basis of the business plan. By means of the "Business Model Canvas " you will develop a clear plan throughout the workshop series. With this approach, you quickly see the relationship between your business activities and your earnings model as well as having a clear value proposition that will help you communicate to your customers, understand the competition and therefore better strategize to enable sustainability and growth.

Tuesday 3rd November 2022 Workshop 3: Finance Learn about the world of finance; creating a healthy cash flow, financial management, costs, prices and obtaining (startup) financing and developing a financial strategy. Involves key pragmatic advice and tools.

Thursday 10th November 2022 Workshop 4: Marketing, Access to Market, Market Research and Presenting yourself. (Beneficial also to support writing a proposal for grants/tenders/sales - additional lunch & learn sessions will further support this) Understanding your customers, your market, your competition is critical. Learn how to communicate your value to your customers and key stakeholders and leverage the best route to market for your products. Understand the strategic aspects of communication and PR that will enable you to best reach your customers.

Thursday 17th November 2022 Workshop 5: Access to Funding, Grants & Supports Learn about the opportunities for public and private funding and support and what makes a great application and pitch.

Friday 26th November 2022 Workshop 6: Product Development Who are you making your products for? How does the user relate to your product? Are you going for utility, to make a social contribution or for beauty? Look at your work from a different perspective.

Thursday 2nd December 2022 Workshop 7: Scaling Enterprise & Production Options Learn about scaling, production possibilities, access to international events, grow your global network, reach a global audience and more.

Thursday 19th January 2023 Workshop 8: Presentation & Feedback on Business Model and Business Proposal Everyone will have an opportunity to present their updated business pitch to the group and receive feedback on their ideas. This is a further opportunity to learn from each other and get feedback.

Thursday 15th June 2023 Workshop 8: Presentation & Feedback on Business Model and Business Proposal

Allows 6 months for participants to work on their goals. The day offers an opportunity to reflect back, adjust plans, if needed and set new goals with support from the team.

At the end of the programme, consisting of 8 workshops between February, March & April 2022, you will have developed key entrepreneurial skills, gained valuable knowledge to enable you to develop a concrete plan of action and you will have grown your network.

Crafting Business is part of the larger partnership Crafting Europe; this project brings together nine organizations from eight European countries that are committed to ensuring the survival and further development of the crafts for future generations.

Participant Testimonials

 This programme really opened my mind about what is necessary to make a successful business. It's not just about outstanding crafting products; there's a lot of things behind the scenes that need to happen, and I feel inspired to do them to make my business thrive. 

by Malú Colorin

It’s impossible for one person to do all the tasks in a business like ours. Crafting Business helped me understand the importance of balancing the activities you do and those that can be delegated or outsourced and that you need a good business model, structure, and roadmap to succeed. It also opened my eyes as to the funding, mentoring, competitions and supports available to crafting businesses like ours.

by Noel Donnellan

Supported by Creative Europe, the ‘Crafting Business’ project was inspired by the need to build capacity within the crafts sector across Europe. It is a partnership between nine expert organisations across Europe. TUS together with the Design Craft Council of Ireland presents "Crafting Business", a program for makers who want to start and grow their business. The Crafting Business programme aims to enrich promising creative entrepreneurs with a business approach through dynamic, interactive and hands-on workshops with guidance from a variety of experts. The programme has been specially developed for makers who want to learn more about entrepreneurship and who could use some fresh input, develop their entrepreneurial toolkit and grow their network.