Finding the right manufacturers and getting your product ideas turned into commercially-viable products (at the right price and quality!) is a major challenge for many designers and makers.
Especially when you are starting out, and often lack the knowledge and capital to find the best manufacturers.
How do you find the right manufacturers to work with?
Ideally based in the UK?
How do you know they are any good?
That you can afford them?
And that they can do the quantities you require, at the quality you want?
Finding the right manufacturers and start working with them can be a major, strategic change to small creative businesses: to free up your time, increase the volume of products you can produce (and therefore increase your profitability!) and provide you with access to specialist skills and equipment you don’t possess.
But practical, realistic advice around getting your creative products produced (even at a fairly small scale) is often very hard to find, so we are really pleased that Helen Kemp, founder of Just Got Made will be running this exclusive session for us.
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Helen will give you introductory level advice to find the right manufacturers and how to work successfully with them, including:
- How production and manufacturing has dramatically changed in the last couple of years with the introduction of 3-D printing and other micro-manufacturing tools and techniques and how you can tap into this market too (even as a small client)
- The 3 main questions to ask yourself before approaching any manufacturer: What manufacturing partner are you really looking for?, Do you have a production plan? Is my information ready? How to start the process and build from the start good relationships with manufacturers by presenting your key information clearly
- Sourcing manufacturers and producers: Where to find potential production partners
- How to select a shortlist
- How to make a good first impression by email or phone
- What to ask for at the first meeting, and find out if they are right for you
- How Just Got Made can help you to find the best manufacturing partners
This webinar is aimed at creative businesses who want to start expanding or start to work with manufacturers to get more of their product ideas produced (in the UK).
If you like this Business Club webinar then you also might like:
- To watch the other Business Club webinar with Helen on Production planning & management.
- Watch the Business Club webinar with Marion Gillet of the Design Council on how to work with manufacturers.
- Watch our exclusive webinar/video interview with product designer Sue Pryke who talks about how to become a designer, how to work with manufacturers and brands, and gives lots of insights into how to become a designer.
MORE ABOUT JUST GOT MADE:
Just Got Made is very connected to the ‘maker community’ in the UK: designers and makers, small scale producers, micro-manufacturers, suppliers and open access workshops. Manufacturing isn’t any longer about large factories and global outsourcing, but often about small scale production.
Just Got Made was set up to connect small businesses with each other, through an online directory of professional, independent production and manufacturing services and suppliers in the UK; from leather work to laser cutting, knitting to knife making.
Just Got Made also runs events to discuss making, share knowledge and ideas and connect with peers over a pint. Our core calendar includes factory and manufacturer visits, pop up networking breakfasts and the annual Weekender: a two-day show celebrating maker culture in London.
Just Got Made can also provide a match-making service to provide introductions to the best manufacturing partners to work with, and provide consultancy and expertise.
MORE ABOUT HELEN KEMP:
Helen Kemp is Just Got Made’s Founder and Director, leading and developing a new way to connect with manufacturing for a design audience.
Helen has 10 years experience as a designer and live events producer giving her a wealth of insight into the creative production process. From leading grassroots arts projects to working with super brands such as Red Bull, Diageo and Arcadia Group, she believes that ideas should be pulled around and communicated well, in order to move us towards a highly personalised, creative and independent future.