Call out to crafters

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Derry City Council has called on all local craft businesses keen in expanding their customer base to take advantage of a new scheme.

Local people will get the chance to boost export sales and test new markets by applying for the Export Programme.

Applications are now open for initiative, which is part of a new Craft Development Programme.

The Export Programme will provide support for existing craft businesses who wish to develop their capacity to export and to participate in exhibitions and tradeshows.

To be eligible, existing craft businesses must have been trading for at least six months, reside or have a business based in the Derry City Council area, and broadly meet the definition of craft used by Craft Northern Ireland.

Deirdre Harte, the Craft Development Officer recently appointed by Derry City Council to manage the programme, said: “This is a great opportunity for crafters who are looking to bring their products to an international audience and test new markets through tradeshows.

“Participants will benefit from exporting workshops, one-to-one mentoring support and financial assistance towards attending a craft tradeshow.

“There are only 20 places available so we are urging crafters not to miss this opportunity.”

Anyone interested in the programme can download an application form at: notice.

The deadline for applications is 12pm on Wednesday, 16th July.

For further information on the Export Programme or other elements of the Craft Development Programme can contact Deirdre Harte, Derry City Council, 98 Strand Road, Derry BT48 7NN, telephone: 028 71 365151 ext: 6948 or e-mail:

The Export Programme is part-funded by Derry City Council, Invest Northern Ireland and the European Regional Development Fund under the Sustainable Competitiveness Programme for Northern Ireland.