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On stage with Kirstie Allsopp at The Handmade Fair - How to turn your craft into a business

Posted by gbexchange on 23rd Sep 2016

Last week, The Great British Exchange's Managing Director, Matt Hopkins, joined Kirstie Allsopp on stage at The Handmade Fair to talk to a packed out crowd all about 'how to turn your craft into a business'.

The Handmade Fair Panel courtesy of @nickypleming The Handmade Fair Panel courtesy of @nickypleming

GBE Producer Georgia Wyatt, owner and founder of up-cycled bag manufacturers Wyatt and Jack joined Matt on stage to offer advice and thoughts on making the leap from working on your craft to developing it to a commercial level. Also on stage joining the panel was Sarah Hewitt from Etsy UK and their panel guest, Louise Walker from Sincerely Louise.

The hour long session took place on Friday at The Handmade Fair at Hampton Court Palace in London. The 450 strong crowd listened intently to the panel's discussion about how makers, designers and manufacturers move their start-ups into the realms of commercial sales.

(L-R) Georgia Wyatt, Kirstie Allsopp, Matt Hopkins, Sarah Hewitt, Louise Walker (L-R) Georgia Wyatt, Kirstie Allsopp, Matt Hopkins, Sarah Hewitt, Louise Walker

Matt Hopkins reflected, "Being part of the panel reaffirmed for me how beneficial The Great British Exchange is to British businesses looking to grow their commercial sales. We're here for everyone, whether you're looking to make those first sales to retailers, whether you're an established brand looking to extend your sales to larger retailers in the UK or whether you're already established in the UK and you're now ready to make the move to export. Whichever tier your business falls into, The Great British Exchange can definitely help and I'm looking forward to working with the people I met at The Handmade Fair and moving their businesses forward and helping them grow."

Social media, the various sales platforms available to makers, designers and manufacturers and how to establish your brand ready for retail sales were all topics discussed during the hour session. The Great British Exchange can certainly help and support businesses in these areas and through the GBE Community, The Great British Exchange is looking forward to delivering more support and advice in these areas.

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