We’re delighted to announce the fantastic news that the Makerhood Lambeth site is now live. This means that local residents can find makers, markets and creative workshops right across the borough. And makers who live in areas of Lambeth not previously covered by Makerhood can join the Makers’ Club and get benefits including online promotion, exclusive selling opportunities, networking meetings and discounts from local businesses.
Kristina Glushkova, co-founder of Makerhood, said: “This is an exciting time for Makerhood as we roll out the project to help people all over Lambeth find their local makers while helping makers promote their work and grow their businesses. The support from the local community, makers and volunteers so far has been fantastic – we hope this continues as we develop.”
Buy local, support creative businesses
Makerhood’s recent survey showed that the vast majority of people were interested in buying locally-made goods (89%). However, 61% felt that they did not currently buy as much as they wanted or even not at all, with many citing lack of supply or information about local goods as a barrier. Makerhood hopes to help close that gap.
The project is supported by Lambeth Council, which is helping Makerhood cover the start-up cost of rolling out across the borough. Cllr Jackie Meldrum, Deputy Leader of the Council, said: “We’ve worked hard at backing Makerhood’s efforts in West Norwood, and seen the great help they have provided to local creative businesses. On this basis the council has decided to support their bid to extend the project and help Makerhood with its aim of becoming self-sustainable in the next three years.”
Structure and site design
It’s still early days. Our Advisory Group has discussed the responses to our survey (thank you to everyone who responded!) and what Makerhood Lambeth structure might look like. We’ll be discussing this further with members to get their input before we finalise this.
At the same time, during November and December, we will be working on a new website design for Makerhood Lambeth, reflecting the agreed structure. Our great new designer – a big welcome to Jo Conlon! – and our developer Andy Broomfield will be leading on this, so wish them luck! And many thanks to our previous designer Carolina Vallejo, who has been with us from the beginning and provided us with such a strong brand. Sadly she’s moving away from the area, but we hope she will stay in touch. 🙂
The new design will go live in early 2014. We’ll keep you updated with how this develops, and will be asking for volunteers to give feedback and help test it.
Spread the word
In the meantime, help spread the word about Makerhood Lambeth:
- If you’re a maker who lives or works in Lambeth, join our Makers’ Club to benefit from the wealth of information and support from other makers, as well as selling opportunities and discounts.
- If you’d like to support our work and keep up with what we’re doing, you can sign up to our newsletter (on the right-hand side of this blog) and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.
- If you’re a local business who would like to collaborate with us – for example, by sponsoring an event or becoming a partner, email us on firstname.lastname@example.org.