February Makers’ Club – Product Surgery

Getting feedback on your work from shop owners and buyers is invaluable for makers so we were very excited to run a Product Surgery for this month’s Makers’ Club. Makers brought along an example of their work and got feedback from our two fabulous experts – Liz Clamp, owner of Smash Bang Wallop fashion and homewares shop in Crystal Palace and Jane Doxey, retail and product development consultant and ex-buyer for Liberty and Marks and Spencer.

Here are a few photos and some twitter feedback from makers.

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Big thank you to @makerhood Liz @smashbangwallop Jane @CreativeNRetail for the confidence boost & great advice!  DSC_1573_adj

What an amazing session wiv @makerhood Liz @smashbangwallop Jane @CreativeNRetail Totally inspired for hitting the high street. #creativebiz  ProductSurgery0215_adj

@CreativeNRetail @makerhood thanks for such a great workshop, love getting feedback and new ideas for moving forward!

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Makers’ Club: Pitching to shops and press

Last Wednesday was our August Makers’ Club on the topic of ‘Pitching to shops and press’ held at the lovely venue of Brixton Impact Hub. We chose the topic of pitching because, although it seems far away, it’s around this time that makers need to begin thinking about Christmas if they want to make the most of the opportunities it offers. Persuading shops to take your work and being featured in press and on blogs are two ways to raise the profile of your business.

Our two speakers this month were Binki Taylor and Kim Winter. At the meeting these expert speakers gave tips on how to approach businesses, journalists and bloggers for collaborations, sales opportunities and features.

RunnyCustard: Makerhood: Makers Club: Pitching 13/08/14 &emdash; Makers’ Club: Pitching to shops and press 13 August 2014

There was a great turn-out of makers for the meeting – even though it was August and the height of the holiday season! It was fantastic to see old friends and meet new Makerhoodies and non-members, and hear about their experiences and adventures in making. Makers were at all different stages of their journey, from not selling at all to supplying independent shops and even a small supermarket chain.

Our speakers personal and professional experience as maker, independent shop owner, coach, editor and south Londoners shone through as they advised makers on questions about following up on positive press leads, how to pitch over the phone and when the time is right to speak to large stores about stocking your work.

It’s not all about the speakers though and it was great to see makers who live and work locally in Lambeth get together, meet one another and talk about their experiences. Who knows where that might lead!

Thanks again to our fabulous speakers, Binki and Kim, to the wonderful Brixton Impact Hub for hosting us and to the lovely Lenny of RunnyCustard for her photography skills.

See you all in September!

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About our speakers

Binki Taylor is a coach-mentor at the School for Creative Startups and co-founder of Circus, an art and vintage homeware store at the heart of Brixton Village Market. Binki is also one of the people behind the launch of the Brixton Design District in conjunction with the London Design Festival which runs from 13-21st September 2014, London wide.

Kim Winter is a director of Makerhood and set up her editorial consultancy Write Expression in 2009, specialising in building WordPress websites for makers, sole traders and small community groups. Kim’s own blog, Flextiles, charts her experiments in textiles, especially wet felting and natural dyeing.

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About Makers’ Club

Makerhood’s Makers’ Club supports makers who live or work in Lambeth by offering the chance to meet other local makers and businesses at talks, business development workshops and social events. We also organise and advertise local selling opportunities. Membership costs £25 a year. Find out more here: http://www.makerhood.com/join-makers-club

Getting to grips with pricing

If you want to make a living as a maker, you need to get your prices right. But how do you work out the right price?

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At our August Makers’ Club meeting, Jane Doxey of Creative and Retail Services, a product development and retail expert, former buyer for Liberty’s and product development director for Marks & Spencer, will guide you step by step through how to calculate what you should be charging.

She’ll also explain the difference between selling direct to consumers, wholesale, and retail – and how you should adjust your prices accordingly. And highlight additional factors, such as knowing how much your competitors charge.

You’ll have the chance to ask questions and also network with other makers before and after.

The event is free for Makers’ Club members, £4 for non-members. Please book through Eventbrite.

Getting to grips with pricing is on Wednesday 7 August, 7-9pm, on the first floor of the Dogstar, 389 Coldharbour Lane, Brixton SW9 8LQ.

We look forward to seeing you there!