Creative Business Workshop – Dingle March 2019

Free Workshop funded by the Dept of Rural and Community Development under the Town and Village Renewal Scheme.

The Creative Business Workshop, a collaboration between The Dingle Hub and The Riasc Partnership has been established to promote and support emerging creative businesses in the Kerry area. Our workshop has been designed based on meetings and interviews, with a broad cross section of highly talented people across Kerry who every year produce stunning work in a range of media from paintings, to fashion, to photography to crafts and original music, but struggle to find a market for their work.

This workshop, which will run in Dingle over three one day sessions, with an additional follow up 1-1 mentoring session, throughout the busy tourist season which will support participants in building an income from their creative work.

The first day of the program scheduled for March 5th from 10-4.30pm will explore who each creative person is, what their craft is and obstacles and opportunities they face in generating an income from their individual craft. We will also share across the participants experience and ideas on how to bring your talent to a relevant market, and realise your aspirations. The Program Leaders (See below) have designed a flexible model which allows for the work to be highly respectful of each creative person and also recognise the stage everyone is at currently. Day one will also include a case study from a successful creative business person who will share their story. Day 2 and Day 3 will focus on further work to develop out and test your market, and will also include two more outside speakers delivering case studies. We will also be bringing in a financial planning speaker and an expert branding/social media speaker. Following completion of the three days, an individual mentor will be assigned to provide 1-1 support for the participants as they build their income during summer 2019.

The Riasc Partnership based in the Dingle Hub, was founded by three former globally experienced executives who all now live in Dingle. Led by Orla Coughlan, Rochie Houlihan & Nicola Hopcroft, they and their team love working with Small, to Medium Enterprises across Ireland, and a number of Non Profit organizations to bring  significant support and experience in building, and growing a business. Riasc see’s every client as unique and therefore their approach to this course has been tailored to the creative community. The program in Dingle will be led by Rochie and Orla, both of whom have worked over the last 20 years with creative individuals and companies, so as a result they appreciate and understand the creative mindset. Rochie, who has a Masters Degree in Management Training was  CEO of the Cork North Enterprise Board for many years – where he focussed much of his work on working with Small Business Owners to support them establish their business and grow a sustainable income. He currently acts a Business Coach and Mentor to several SMEs across Ireland. Orla holds a BA in Economics & Psychology, and a Diploma in Business Coaching, she has worked across a variety of industries globally including Technology and Video Games, and currently Coaches and Mentors both start ups and mature business owners and management teams.

The Workshops are also inspired by the memory of a gifted West Kerry artist and craftswoman, who passed away in 2018, having struggled all her adult life to generate a sustainable income from her art work.

Contact before 12noon on Monday 4th March to register for this workshop.

Funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development and Kerry County Council Town & Village Scheme