Promoting yourself and your business

How do you get journalists to report on what you’re doing? Does social media really make a difference? What’s the best way to publicise your events or workshops?

If you want to know the answers to these or similar questions, Makerhood is teaming up with West Norwood Business Club and the Portico Gallery to organise “Promotion, promotion, promotion”.

The event is a chance for you to ask our expert panel about how to get you and your business noticed – for the right reasons. Our experts include:

As well as question time, we’ll be holding an impromptu exhibition, so bring one of your items along, and you’ll get the chance to tell others about your work and what inspires you.

And don’t forget your business cards – it’s a great chance to network with other local makers and businesses!

Free drinks and food will be provided by the Portico Gallery – we are very grateful for their support.

Promotion, promotion, promotion is on Thursday 26 July, 7-9pm  (doors open at 6.30pm) at Portico Gallery, Knights Hall, 23a Knights Hill, SE27 0HS.

West Norwood event on 26 July

We’re planning a makers’ event in West Norwood on the evening of 26 July, before everyone disappears for the summer.

John Price has very kindly offered the Portico Gallery, along with drinks and nibbles.

At our first meeting in West Norwood in April, the makers who came discussed various ideas for an event, including the following:

  • an impromptu exhibition, where everyone brings one of their
  • products to put on display, talks to other makers and gets feedback
  • an expert on using social media
  • an expert on running making workshops for adults and children
  • a speaker from West Norwood Feast.

We also thought it would be fun to have an interactive space where everyone can contribute to a drawing/collage/painting on a particular theme, eg London 2012.

We need your help
For this event to happen, we need your help! If you can help with any of the following, please let us know:

  • volunteering as a speaker (yourself or someone else who is interested!)
  • helping set up on the day
  • promoting the event in advance
  • helping organise the interactive activity.

If you have any other ideas or comments, do get in touch by emailing

I will be out of London next week but will try to respond to emails as promptly as possible. If there’s enough interest in the event going ahead, we’ll hold a planning meeting the week after, probably 18 July, to confirm plans and details.