San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
As a creative business with limited or no in-house manufacturing capability you may be at a stage where you need to find one or more suitable manufacturers to make your products for you, to help you grow your business. Knowing where to start can be a daunting process. This workshop is aimed at helping you through the initial stages so that you know where to look and what to look for when selecting your manufacturer.
Once you have found one or more suitable manufacturers it is important to manage the relationship with them to make sure you get the most out of them. The workshop shows you how to work with your manufacturer, how to communicate your requirements and expectations and how to maximise the chances of a successful relationship.
The workshop will cover:
Finding suitable manufacturers
- Working out what you need
- What type of manufacturer can give you what you need?
- Where and how to look
Selecting a manufacturer
- What to look out for
- What to ask
- Check list of requirements
- The importance of a relationship between designer and manufacturer
- Development v Production
Developing the relationship
- Developing mutual trust and understanding
- Terms and conditions
- How to get your requirements across
- Delivery expectations
- What the manufacturer needs from you
Planning and progress chasing
- What you need to do to keep the manufacturer on track
What you’ll gain:
· A methodology for identifying the type of manufacturer you need and how to search for them.
· An introduction to appropriate web-based directories and other sources.
· An understanding of how to formulate your selection criteria.
· An understanding of how to make the designer/manufacturer relationship work effectively and to your advantage.
Who’s it for?
Designers and creative businesses who market their own products and sub-contract the manufacture in sectors such as fashion, furniture, interior design, jewellery, craft etc. The workshop is suitable for start-ups, early-stage businesses and established businesses that want to change or expand their manufacturing.
Nigel Rust mentors and coaches small and medium sized businesses in most business topics, particularly where production is required. He has worked in production for 26 years in a variety of roles including production engineer, production manager, sales and marketing and general management. He ran his own small production business before joining the Manufacturing Advisory Service during which time he worked with creative businesses as a specialist adviser. He is currently running regular workshops for fashion designer-makers as well as working in a mentoring and project-based role.
When & Where
At Cockpit Arts we support extraordinary craftspeople who create exquisite work. We are an award winning social enterprise and the UK’s only creative-business incubator for designer-makers. We provide studio space and a package of support for 165 designer-makers - helping them to accelerate their businesses whilst growing creatively. Through our network we have helped thousands of makers, many of whom have gone on to achieve national and international success. Find our more About Us and the Impact of our work.