Thinking of going getting your products manufactured?

Cockpit Arts is running a free two part workshop for designer makers considering expanding into using manufacturers. 

  • Part 1: Finding and Selecting a Manufacturer, 19 April, 10.30am – 12.30pm
  • Part 2: Getting the Most from Your Manufacturer, 11 May, 10.30 am – 12.30 pm

The sessions are open to everyone, for details and how to book, click here.

Part 1: Finding and Selecting a Manufacturer
As a creative business with limited or no in-house manufacturing capability you may be at a stage where you need to find one or more suitable manufacturers to make your products for you, to help you grow your business.  Knowing where to start can be a daunting process and part one of this workshop is aimed at helping you through the initial stages so that you know where to look and what to look for when selecting your manufacturer.

The session will cover:
Finding suitable manufacturers

  • Working out what you need
  • What type of manufacturer can give you what you need?
  • Where and how to look
  • Creating a short list

Selecting a manufacturer

  • What to look out for
  • What to ask
  • Check list of requirements
  • The importance of a relationship between designer and manufacturer
  • Development v Production


Part 2: Getting the Most from Your Manufacturer

Once you have found one or more suitable manufacturers it is important to manage the relationship with them to make sure you get the most out of them.  Part two of this workshop shows you how to work with your manufacturer, how to communicate your requirements and expectations and how to maximise the chances of a successful relationship. 

The session will cover:
Developing the relationship

  • Developing mutual trust and understanding
  • Terms and conditions
  • Price

Communication procedures

  • How to get your requirements across
  • Specification
  • Delivery expectations
  • Quality
  • What the manufacturer needs from you

Planning and progress chasing

  • What you need to do to keep the manufacturer on track

Who’s it for?

Designers and creative businesses who market their own products and sub-contract the manufacture in sectors such as fashion, furniture, interior design, jewellery, craft etc. The workshop is suitable for start-ups, early-stage businesses and established businesses that want to change or expand their manufacturing.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011 at 10:30 am
Wednesday, May 11, 2011 at 1:30 pm

After both sessions there will be sandwiches and networking until 1.30pm

free and open to everyone, book here

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