Local Enterprise Office Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown is introducing a new award competition to recognise excellence and innovation amongst craft makers and designers taking part in Showcase – Ireland’s International Creative Expo, which is being held in Dublin’s RDS this month from 22nd to 25th January 2017.
The four-day event is organised by the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland and promoted internationally by Enterprise Ireland. The winners will be revealed at Showcase, which attracts more than 5,000 buyers from around the world every year. First prize in the showcase awards will be a week’s product display in the Kilkenny Shop on Nassau Street, Dublin, and an opportunity to pitch their product to Kilkenny Shop buyers.
Mary Mitchell O’Connor, Minister of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, said:
The LEOs have been a huge support for start-ups in the blossoming design and craft sector. There is a strong appetite internationally for the work of Irish designers and makers, and the Local Enterprise Showcase is a great opportunity for craft makers to grow and develop. Our design and craft sector is contributing to jobs, exports, and tourism and Showcase plays a crucial role in helping put Irish companies on the international design map.
The number of LEO-supported companies at Showcase has jumped from 97 in 2016 to 112 in 2017. Local companies supported by LEO Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown include David Walsh, Christofferson, Blackrock, Heather Walsh, Rubyhues, Blackrock, Martin Kennedy, Dalkey Aromatics, Dalkey, Elaine Tomlin, Clonlea Designs, Sandyford and Patricia Walsh, Miche Studio Design, Rathfarnham.
The Local Enterprise Showcase is located along the Balcony Area of the RDS Main Hall at Showcase , which is open to trade buyers from Sunday, January 22nd to 25th January 2017.
Further information on enterprise supports available to the design and craft sector is available through www.localenterprise.ie.
For media information please contact your Local Enterprise Office Dún Laoghaire Rathdown.