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  • Britains Next Big Thing - BBC2

    Don't know if any of you watched this programme where hundreds of makers pitched there products to the buyers of Liberties in London. Was quite fascinating and there are 7 in the series wth various stores looking for products from hundreds of hopeful designers and makers.

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    Yep, I saw it.
    I loved the wood/ceramic bowls and the glassware.
    But I have a problem with kids wearing items labelled at lingerie.Maybe Im too prudish but just the word seems innapropriate.I liked the product but not the word.
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    • #3
      A simply horrible day out

      I was in the queue featured in the programme in Feb 2010, I went for the experience as i had never done anything like it before. I waited 5 hours in the bitter damp cold to be seen not by a buyer but a junior who new nothing about jewellery. Everyone was given five minutes to show their work, I was told not to get my work out because there was no time. At the very least work should be vetted first to shorten the waiting time and to avoid so much disappointment. The estimated number of people waiting that day was 1000 and only 20 people were put through with another ten possibles. As crafts people we all work really hard to further our careers and i found the whole experience demeaning. I have since opened a tiny shop of my own selling only my own work and the reponse has been amazing, even in this climate. There are many ugly realities about supplying large retailers that i hope will be revealed in future programmes, one was touched on and that was reducing the cost price so they who just sell it can make more profit, the other not yet mentioned is that you wait 90 days for payment if you are lucky to get it then. I thought the most interesting comment to come from the programme was that British buyers are impossible to see, who do they think they are. With so much amazing talent in this country we are all being severely let down by the media and retailers.
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      • #4
        That sounds awful and I couldn't be standing about in a queues for that long. There was an element of X factor with with some really naff and cringe making stuff as well as some very good products. The realities of supplying the big shops are late payment, having short lead times and having to supply stuff in volume. Also they put on a huge markup so you have to take that on board.

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        • #5
          I have it recorded and may get round to watching today, I enjoy any business type programmes, would not want to supply a large chain though but you can sometimes pick up marketing ideas etc. I agree the British buyers should make themselves available to producers, makes you wonder where they are sourcing their stock from the cheapest import so they can add on zillions of percent mark up I expect.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Atelier Ava View Post
            I have since opened a tiny shop of my own selling only my own work and the reponse has been amazing, even in this climate.

            I thought the most interesting comment to come from the programme was that British buyers are impossible to see, who do they think they are. With so much amazing talent in this country we are all being severely let down by the media and retailers.
            Well done for opening your shop - you should do well! I wish you the very best of luck!

            I saw the programme and was also struck by the quote about British buyers. No wonder our high streets are clones of each other up and down the country, with very little that's original. No wonder the high streets stores are losing business. The buyers have a lot to answer for!

            I think we as designers, small businesses and makers should be thankful we live in a digital age where it's not all that difficult to learn the skills to open your own online shop and promote it yourself. People who want to buy something different are turning to the internet and finding what they're lookig for with a few clicks.

            It's actually quite an exciting time to be setting up a small creative business!
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            • #7
              I missed it! I'm hoping it's repeated
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              • #8
                Originally posted by wendy View Post

                It's actually quite an exciting time to be setting up a small creative business!
                Yes i think that it is too, i think that despite all the high street doom and gloom we hear of the small scale makers are well placed to take advantage of local and smaller retailing opportunities . we're very optimistic about things in our own (very ) small way.
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                • #9
                  the creative sector is steadily growing and seems to have had a major image re-vamp, hurrah! Near where I live there is a charity that has bought up a whole street of shops, that is in the process of re-developing and re-named the area as the creative quarter and letting the shops to crafts-people and artists for low rents. In the next few years it is going to be AMAZING!
                  So a big YAY to independant shops
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by little.miss.sunshine View Post
                    the creative sector is steadily growing and seems to have had a major image re-vamp, hurrah! Near where I live there is a charity that has bought up a whole street of shops, that is in the process of re-developing and re-named the area as the creative quarter and letting the shops to crafts-people and artists for low rents. In the next few years it is going to be AMAZING!
                    So a big YAY to independant shops
                    This sounds like the Kings Road in the 60's, then not only shops but also kitchen tables served as the retail area, very bohemian.

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                    • #11
                      definately, but when you can get a shop unit for £4000 a year in a large populated town in the South East, it's a fantastic opportunity for many.
                      Back on topic now... I would much rather sell direct to the public, than through a major retailer. The items would lose their uniqueness and I for one would be bored making the exact same thing 1000 times over!
                      Would love to see the programme though
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                      • #12
                        I watched it too, thought it was very interesting but wouldn't attempt to do that sort of thing. No point being Alternative if your work's in every shop! Well done for opening your shop Ateller Ava, shame you didnt get seems by any of the buyers but you're going to do better with your own shop I imagine .
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                        • #13
                          I watched with interest too, felt very sorry for the people in the queue!

                          Well done on the shop Ateller Ava - your jewellery is gorgeous!
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by little.miss.sunshine View Post
                            Near where I live there is a charity that has bought up a whole street of shops, that is in the process of re-developing and re-named the area as the creative quarter and letting the shops to crafts-people and artists for low rents.
                            Wow whereabouts is that? Would love to visit once it's all up and running.
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                            • #15
                              Folkestone, if you google creative quarter Folkestone, it will give you some info on it
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