A two-day conference for makers and designers
Aimed primarily at those who have been in practice for at least four years, Flourish presents a unique setting to connect with other makers and creative professionals. Develop contacts and conversations that can turn into opportunities, collaborations or commissions; pick-up invaluable industry insight; and take away a set of resources that you can confidently bring back to your practice.
Combining keynote speakers, panel discussions, case studies and practical working sessions, our goal is to unearth what it means to be a craft business – both the challenges and the opportunities, and give pragmatic advice and insight on key and topical issues. And, most importantly, we make sure that the two days give you plenty of time and opportunity to build your own network.
Building on the inaugural Flourish conference in 2017, we'll be bringing new content that will benefit both previous and new delegates. Topics include marketing, branding and social media, ways to increase sales, creating a sustainable practice, how to grow a team, legal advice, mastering the work/life balance, working internationally and more.
See our list of speakers - more will be announced soon!
Monday 17 - Tuesday 18 June 2019
10am - 5.30pm each day
Book now and save 25% with our Early Bird tickets! Deadline extended to 23 May.
Directory Makers get 30% off tickets during the early bird period ending 23 May.
After early bird finishes, they get 10% off full price tickets.
Get your discount here.
The Crafts Council recognises the importance of providing a business development conference that is accessible to all makers, including those with disabilities. Our new access fund provides up to 20 people with a 70% reduction on the two-day full price ticket. We will consider all applications and allocate accordingly. To apply please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can consider your request. We aim to respond to each individual application in a timely and responsive manner.
Monday 17th June
Keynote: Lulu Lytle, co founder of Soane Britain
Panel 1 Beyond Boundaries - international trade opportunities
- Eva Qian Li, Marketing Manager for Design Shanghai
- Liam Stewart, Neon Print Studio - sells predominately in the US; textile design studio
Panel 2 Preparing for new borders
- Philip James, Sheridans - Philip James is a Partner and leads Sheridans’ Technology and Data Group.
- Louise Allen, Head of Innovation and Development at the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland and President of World Crafts Council Europe
- Piyush Suri, Founder of Handmade in Britain
Panel 3 Craft Futures
- Rosie Wolfenden, Co Founder of Tatty Devine
- Saskia Boersman, Culture and Heritage Brand Development Consultant and Trustee of CraftSpace
- Celia Joicey, Director of Dovecot Studios
Break Out sessions
Craft product vs craft experience
- Saskia Boersman and Rosie Wolfenden leading this
Legal issues for creatives and innovation
- Stephanie Lavington, an Associate at Sheridans in the Intellectual Property, Interactive, Brands and Digital Media Groups
Tuesday 18th June
Resilience in your practice
- David Hevey, CEO of Shape Arts
Hot Topic: Work/Life Balance
- Yunus & Eliza (Jewellers) in conversation with Jill Read, Head of Communications, Crafts Council
Hot Topic: Sustainable Design
- Ross Lovegrove, Designer
Hot Topic: Collaboration
Panel: Articulating your USP
Visualising your future
- Workshop session with Business Trainer and Designer Lesley Shepperson
**More speakers will be announced soon!**
Day one: Externally looking to maximise your earning potential by seizing opportunities
- Our Host: Rosy Greenlees, Executive Director, Crafts Council
- Keynote: Lulu Lytle, Co-Founder & Creative Director, Soane Britain, followed by Q&A
- Panel discussion: Theme: Beyond boundaries – international trade opportunities - A discussion on the opportunities and potential pitfalls to avoid in working overseas
- Panel discussion: Preparing for new borders - A discussion and vital top tips on the practicalities for growing your business with no borders
- Panel discussion: Craft Futures - A discussion on the opportunities for craft today to maximise your earning potential
- Break out sessions: Craft experience vs craft product and Legal Issues for Creatives
Day two: Internally looking at your practice to help you overcome barriers and boundaries
- Our Host offers reflections from Day one with Natalie Melton, Creative Director, Crafts Council
- Resilience in your Practice – David Hevey, Chief Executive, Shape Arts, kicks off day two
- Three makers share their experiences in running their businesses: Work life balance, Sustainable design, Collaboration
- Panel: Articulating your USP - A discussion on how to uncover, clarify and articulate your distinctiveness
- Working groups: Visualising your future with Lesley Shepperson - A facilitated session to help shape your business actions into reality
Date and Time:
17 - 18 June 2019
10am - 5.30pm each day
Tube: Goldsmiths’ Hall is a few minutes’ walk from St. Paul’s tube station (Central line) and within ten minutes’ walking distance of several other stops: Bank, Mansion House, Cannon Street, Blackfriars and Barbican.
Bus: Routes 8, 11, 25, 100, 242 and 501 all stop nearby. For more information on tube and bus travel, visit the Transport for London website.
Rail: There are many National Rail stations within a short walk: City Thameslink, Blackfriars, Moorgate and Cannon Street. For information on rail services, visit the National Rail website.
Parking: There is no parking onsite. The nearest car park is located at 23 London Wall, London, EC2V 5DY. More information can be found on the City of London website including designated disabled parking bays.
Goldsmiths' Hall is accessible including:
- Step-free access
- 1 Wheelchair available
- Disabled toilet
- Hearing loops available
Please let us know in advance if you require assistance by emailing email@example.com.
Will food be provided?
We will provide a light lunch and tea and coffee at the start of the conference and during the afternoon break.
Unfortunately we are unable to allow delegates to bring their own lunch onto the premises.