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  • Kirsty McDougall


A programme for established makers

Injection is a year-long programme which provides makers with the tools to develop their aspirations for growth and embed sustainability and resilience within their business practice.

Injection aims to equip makers with greater confidence to approach funders or investors and to create a national network of role models and ambassadors of the highest calibre for the sector and covers;

  • Business modelling: five practical one day workshops facilitated by a range of specialists covering business planning, financial management, investment and marketing
  • Business testing and planning: 1:1 sessions with relevant expert mentors and advisors
  • Becoming a confident employer: five workshops supported by employment specialists
  • Accessing finance: supported application to relevant finance including 1:1 support

All of the above is underpinned by peer support and a quarterly programme of relevant networking events.

How do I apply?

Applications for Injection 4 will open in spring 2016.

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The story so far

The pilot year of Injection took place in 2013 and 12 makers were selected: Linda BloomfieldLee BorthwickSamantha BryanYen DuongLinda FlorenceReiko KanekoNoorin KhamisaniTina LilienthalKirsty McDougalEleanor PritchardMichael Ruh and Catherine Tough.

See the Injection 1 Pinterest board and find them on Twitter

The second year of Injection started in May 2014 and 17 makers were selected: Lubna Chowdhary, Liz Clay, Jo Davies, Alison Evans, Geoff Fisher, Angela Fung, Clare Goddard, Rebecca Gouldson, Sue Gregor, Rupert Johnstone (RAMP ceramics), Morag Macpherson, Amanda Mansell, Judith Needham, Sue Paraskeva, Lindsay Taylor, Andrea Walsh and Rosalind Wyatt.

See the Injection 2 Pinterest board and find them on Twitter 

The third year of Injection started in June 2015 and 19 makers were selected: Nell Beale, Tamara Gomez, Graeme Reader Hawes, Regina Heinz, Emma Lacey, Billy Lloyd, Grant McCaig, Jo McDonald, Alison Milner, Gareth Neal, Nicholas Ozanne, Frances Priest, Shauna Richardson, Laura Spring, Stefano Santilli, Samantha Sweet, Ruth Tomlinson, Jessica Turrell and Hannah White.

See the Injection 3 makers on Twitter


Partner with us

Injection is only made possible through partnership. If you want to know more about being a partner contact makerdev@craftscouncil.org.uk

The Crafts Council is an industry partner of Creative Industry Finance which is an Arts Council England initiative, delivered by Creative United, offering business support development and access to finance for creative and cultural enterprises

Injection case studies