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Crafts Council Hothouse - Open for Applications

Hothouse supports talented new makers at the start of their career.

Hothouse includes ten one-day workshops, a two-day residential, six hours of 1:1 mentoring and connects you to a national network of makers and organisations. It provides you with the tools to grow a sustainable and successful business when you need them most - at the start of your career.

Hothouse has already supported over 200 makers establish a strong foundation for their business.  In their words Hothouse...

"... was invaluable, helped focus my goals and ambitions, moved my practice forward, created a support network of outstanding makers, kept me on track, widened my creative contacts, took my business in the direction, provided fabulous mentors and support, gave me life-long friendships"

Hothouse applications are now open and close on 5 September 2016

Hothouse was launched in 2011 and since then over 200 makers have completed the programme.

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Evaluation of the programme year on year shows that it has a transformative effect on participants and evaluation of Hothouse 4, who completed the programme in June 2014, revealed;

  • 100% said Hothouse enabled them to think differently about their career direction
  • 92% understood the sector better
  • 87% could identify new skills/abilities learnt during the programme
  • 91% could identify next developmental steps
  • 96% had benefitted positively from being part of a peer group
  • vision for practice/business increased from 39% to 96% good or excellent
  • knowledge of business planning increased from 7% to 78% good or excellent
  • business judgement when assessing opportunities increased from 11% to 74% good or excellent
  • creative analysis skills increased from 29% to 78% good or excellent
  • ability to be entrepreneurial increased from 25% to 78%

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