Investment programme in Ireland’s design and craft sector secures funding in Budget 2019

Posted 09.10.18

  • Investment programme to grow exports and online sales in Ireland’s design and craft sector secures funding in Budget 2019
  • Design & Crafts Council of Ireland granted €1.8m over three years to expand marketing and development programmes

The Design & Crafts Council of Ireland (DCCoI) has welcomed the funding of a multi-year investment programme for the design and craft sector in Budget 2019. The €1.8m allocation is intended to expand marketing and development programmes which are currently being offered by DCCoI on a smaller scale.

The investment programme for Irish designers and makers is one of a number of Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation Budget 2019 initiatives announced by Minister Heather Humphreys TD earlier today. Over a three-year period (2019 – 2021), the programme will focus on developing and generating additional export sales and online revenue opportunities for high potential design and craft enterprises. It will enable them to sustain their current sales and diversify into new markets to grow their business.

The additional funding through Enterprise Ireland will assist in presenting the work of Irish designers and makers at international trade fairs, developing collaborations with flagship retailers and development of e-commerce capacity.

Commenting on the announcement, Breege O’Donoghue, Chair of the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland, said: “We greatly appreciate the support of Minister Humphreys and the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation in granting the funding for this investment programme, reflecting the Government’s commitment to championing the development of design and craft in Ireland. This strategic initiative will be instrumental in showcasing the work of Irish designers and makers to audiences around the world and in sustaining and developing vital regional employment.

Karen Hennessy, Chief Executive of the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland, said: “Access to international markets is essential for the development of design and craft companies in Ireland. Over the next three years, this strategic investment programme will assist high potential client enterprises in growing their exports and online sales, particularly as they face the challenges of Brexit. Ireland’s reputation for innovation, design and craftsmanship will also be enhanced by the increased visibility of Irish design and 
craft online and in stores internationally. We look forward to working closely with the Department and Enterprise Ireland in implementing the programme over the coming years.”  

The Design & Crafts Council of Ireland is the national agency for the commercial development of Irish designers and makers. Ireland’s innovative design and craft sector provides vital jobs across the country and is included in the Government’s Action Plan for Jobs at national and regional levels.

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About the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland
The Design & Crafts Council of Ireland (DCCoI) is the national agency for the commercial development of Irish designers and makers, stimulating innovation, championing design thinking and informing Government policy. DCCoI's activities are funded by the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation via Enterprise Ireland. DCCoI currently has 64 member organisations and over 2,500 registered clients. www.dccoi.ie

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