Handmade in Britain exists to support, promote and celebrate designer-makers who create their work in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. We increase accessibility and visibility, create market opportunities and maintain high standards in the craft sector whilst providing a comprehensive support programme towards a bright future for British craft and design. Our work provides a platform for design and craft talent through both our own events and collaborations with other organisations, alongside a mentoring programme and membership scheme.
Handmade in Britain’s Creative Director Piyush Suri has more than 15 years of experience working in the Design industry in India and the UK, and has been a consultant and mentor for many designers and new creative businesses throughout his career. Alongside Handmade in Britain, Piyush co-owns the London retail gallery Handmade Interiors and Akin & Suri, an Interiors brand sold successfully throughout the world. Piyush is on the Jury for the World Interiors News Annual Awards 2013 and was a judge on the recent BBC2 programme Paul Martin’s Handmade Revolution. Piyush has been appointed the consultant director and curator of CRAFT, a new trade show for contemporary craft and design from Clarion Events in association with Handmade in Britain.
Handmade in Britain's community encompasses designer-makers and individuals with a professionnal or recreational interest in craft and design alongside industry groups and organisations. Our newsletter reaches nearly 5000 mailing list subscribers, and through our striking social media presence daily news, updates and opportunities reach a following of 30,000 on Twitter and 3,000 on Facebook.
The support and promotion of British craft & design remains central to our priorities for the future, with the aim to facilitate greater exposure and appreciation, and to provide comprehensive support to emerging design talent.
We are growing, and our aim is to maximize the potential in our reach through collaboration with other organizations and through new, innovative and accessible project which celebrate exceptional British Craft & Design.
In addition to new ventures, we will of course be returning to Chelsea Old Town Hall to begin the Christmas season with Handmade In Britain 15.
We promote quality and skill, supporting worthy and lasting practices and these values are echoed in the way we work . We work with arts organizations to raise the profile of British designers through our shows and we are increasingly conscious of the opportunities we can offer to companies interested in supporting the British design industry, and in reaching its affluent, fashionable and discerning audience.
We welcome your interest and can offer flexible, creative opportunities and fulfilling, lasting collaborations. There are a variety of ways in which you can get involved, all offering the obvious benefits of aligning your brand with handmade and sustainable design, and in being associated with innovation alongside tradition and cultural heritage.
Handmade in Britain appreciates the invaluable support of our partners, sponsors and collaborators in helping us to provide a professional platform for our exhibitors year after year.