News | 21-11-2022

Take part in Crafts Council makers’ survey

The Crafts Council’s annual survey of maker needs is now open and invites you to provide your feedback to assist the organisation in establishing ways to support you and your business.

The Crafts Council states that “your insight is invaluable and will help inform our offer for makers, designers and artists at all stages of their careers”.

The data makers supply will also be used to highlight the challenges and barriers facing craft businesses today and help reinforce the advocacy work the Crafts Council does, lobbying government for support for the sector.

There were 492 makers who completed the 2021 Maker Needs Survey. They highlighted the need for support on environmental sustainability; intellectual property and copyright; exporting post-Brexit and mentoring.

As a result, the Crafts Council shared its findings with Craft UK so that other organisations could understand and respond to makers’ needs. In addition, it launched the International Toolkit, a step-by-step guide to exporting, hosted a webinar with Briffa Legal on Intellectual Property and copyright and developed a new resource on the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). In-person round tables with makers are being scheduled on environmental sustainability, with the findings to be shared in March 2023. Furthermore, the number of one-to-one business booster sessions has been increased, with new and updated business resources being introduced to support makers.

The latest survey takes 10-15 minutes to complete and all responses are confidential. You will also have the chance to enter a free prize draw.

Five lucky entrants will be randomly selected to receive The Design Trust 2023 Diary Planner or Journal planner (worth £50), which includes 6 hours of online business training and access to its private Facebook group.

A further five winners will be randomly selected for a free half hour Business Booster session with one of the Crafts Council’s Business Skills team.

Winners will be notified by email.

The survey closes on 9 January 2023.

Find out more and take part in the Crafts Council survey here.

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