Discover the Latest Opportunities for Your Card & Gift Business

Are you seeking new opportunities for your business?

Maybe you’ve seen your fellow designers and makers winning awards and want that for your business?

Perhaps you’d like to take on a new challenge?

Opportunities come in all shapes and sizes, but they all provide a great chance to grow your business.

The monthly Opportunity List is a round-up of chances perfect for greetings card and giftware businesses, so let’s see what’s on the horizon this month…

General Opportunities

Workshop Opportunity with the Crafts Council

The Crafts Council is looking for craft makers to plan and deliver workshops for their flagship craft education programme, ‘Make Your Future’.

Make Your Future is a programme delivered by the Crafts Council, bringing together partners with craft expertise, secondary schools, and professional makers to reignite a passion for making in schools and tackle some of the challenges faced by craft education.

If you’re looking to expand your business with workshops and education be sure to check out this opportunity on the Crafts Council website.

Information is no longer available as the deadline has expired. 

Deadline: 7th October 2019.

Small Business Saturday (UK) Bus Tour

The Small Business Saturday UK bus tour is taking to the road again in 2019 and is aiming to be bigger and better than ever.

Here in the UK, Small Business Saturday falls on 7th December this year so we can expect the bus tour to take part around that date.

Each year the bus tour visits a number of towns and cities across the UK, playing host to activities, workshops and exhibitions from small businesses.

Small Business Saturday is a big event for independents so could present a great opportunity for networking and promotion.

If you would like to get involved you’ll find the information to contact organisers on the Small Business Saturday website.


Artrooms Fair Awards

Due to popular demand, Artrooms Fairs has extended the deadline of the Artrooms Fairs Award Call for Artists.

Interested artists now have until the 14th of October at 2pm (UK time) to submit artworks.

The Awards are worth over £50,000 in prizes, residency, online services and exhibitions. Artists from all media are welcome to apply for a final show in November in London. Full information can be found on the Art Rooms website.

Information no longer available as the deadline has passed. 

Deadline: 14th October 2019.

The Webby Awards Are Open for Entires

Established in 1996, The Webbys is presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS), a 2000+ member judging body comprised of leading Web experts, business figures, luminaries, visionaries, creative celebrities,  former Webby Winners, nominees and other Internet professionals.

Reflecting the tremendous growth of the Internet, The Webbys now honours excellence in 7 major media types: Websites, Video, Advertising, Media & PR, Social, Apps, Mobile, & Voice, Games, and Podcasts.

If your online offering deserves a little awards attention be sure to check out the Webby’s website for application details. 

Early Entry Deadline 25th October.

The Good Web Guide Website of the Year

The Good Web Guide is inviting everyone from established players to kitchen table startups, bloggers and influencers to enter the Website of the Year awards.

Now in its 10th year, the competition is a chance to raise your digital presence and get your website in front of journalists, influencers and potential investors.

Entry prices start at £75 + VAT and shortlisted entrants will be invited to attend the Awards’ reception in November free of charge.

Find out more on the Good Web Guide website.

Extended Deadline is midnight on Sunday 30th October. 

Best Small Shops 2019 Open for Entries

The Online Business Awards celebrate the online presence of businesses. Highlighting those special businesses that serve their customers with a great website experience and excellent online activities.

In association with Talk Business, the awards are an annual assessment of innovative thinking, excellence in execution and remarkable performance.

The winners will be chosen by an experienced panel of independent judges.

For more information and to enter visit the Online Business Awards website.

Website is no longer active.

Deadline extended to 30th November 2019. 

FSB Search for UK’s Most Outstanding Small Businesses

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) is searching for the best of the small businesses in the UK in their Small Business Awards 2020.

More information can be seen about these awards in August’ Opportunity List.

Deadline: Various

Find out more on the FSB awards website.


Open Call for 2nd Chaiya Art Awards (£10,000 Top Prize)

The biggest art awards in the UK exploring spirituality through art is now open for submissions; with winners in the running for an exhibition at London’s South Bank [email protected]

The Chaiya Art Awards is open to any artist and covers all mediums including painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, glass, textiles, mixed media, photography and video. Entrants are invited to be authentic and daring as they respond to the theme.

Full details of the awards, theme, criteria, deadlines and how to enter, can be found at the Chaiya Art Awards website.

Deadline: Early bird entry closes 18th October 2019.

Gift of the Year Awards

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Image credit: Giftware Assoction

The Giftware Association has launched the Gift of the Year 2020 competition.

Now in its 42nd year, the competition celebrates innovation in the home and gift industry.

With 20 categories, including Cards & Wrap, Stationery, Ethical Gift and Design & Craft, the awards are a great way to get your products and business noticed.

Entries start at £55 for members of the GA, JDA, BTAA, NAJ and DesignGAP.

Deadline for entries: 29th November 2019.

For more information on the Awards please visit the Gift of the Year website.

the opportunity list october 2019

Business Support Opportunity

Rising Retail Masterclass

Rising Retail is a Masterclass for independent gift shop retailers and leading experts to come together to share best practices that they can then take home to improve their businesses and enhance their high streets.

The packed programme will cover:

  • Trends – What’s coming and how to take advantage
  • Visual merchandising – How to create exciting shopping experiences
  • Lessons from the top – Tips from majors that indies can benefit from
  • Staff – Recruiting, motivating, and retaining great retail teams
  • Making Mistakes  – Classic mistakes Indie Retailers can learn from
  • Going Green – How retailers can reduce their environmental impact
  • Instagram – Retailer tips for growing sales through social media
  • Social Selling – How using online groups can boost sales
  • Google My Business – How to boost footfall to your store
  • How to build an engaged community for £50
  • Negotiating – how to cut costs and save money as an independent

The event is being held at the Shard at London Bridge on Monday 21st October from 9:30 am  – 4:30 pm. **17th October Edit – The Rising Retail event has been rearranged for Monday 1st June 2020.**

More information will be shared about the new schedule as it arrives.


Giftware Association Hosting Social Media Workshops

The Giftware Association has announced a new workshop for companies hoping to utilise Instagram to boost their business.

The 4-hour workshop is ‘Instagram Masterclass – Keep Your Creative In House’  and will be held on the 15th of October in Birmingham. 

Spaces for each course are strictly limited so book quickly if you’re interested.

You can find out more (including how to book a place) on the Giftware Association blog.

Industry Events

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Toolkit Available for Festive Friday 2019

The UK Greeting Card Association has released this year’s toolkit for their annual Festive Friday celebrations.]

Festive Friday is a special day for everyone in the greetings industry to send their personal Christmas cards. Kickstarting a first wave of festive celebrations with amazing cards falling onto doorsteps across the land in the first week of December.

This year the Festive Friday event falls on the 29th November so be sure to download a copy of the free Toolkit so you can take part.

Retail Opportunities

Etsy Made Local

Etsy Made Local UK is a collection of seller-led, Etsy-sponsored markets that bring the unique and magical world of Etsy to life across the UK each Christmas season.

These markets bring together local sellers for in-person selling events just in time for shoppers to find Christmas gifts for loved ones.

These local events are a great opportunity for Etsy sellers to meet potential buyers face to face, collect feedback on products and build a brand.

To find out if there is an Etsy Local event near you this holiday season take a look at the Etsy blog

Job Opportunities

Trend forecasters, TrendBible are recruiting for researcher and consultant roles:

Visual Trend Researcher to our Home & Interiors team.

A passionate, curious and creative individual. The ideal candidate would be a graduate in design, fashion or textiles related degree, with a couple of years’ industry experience and a strong eye for visual design and interiors.

2 x Senior Trend Consultants (based full time in Trend Bible’s Newcastle studio).

Trend consultants to join the Home & Interiors and Baby & Kids and Gift & Greetings divisions. Ideal candidates will combine a strong eye for design and a background in trend forecasting and experience consulting for global brands.

For more information on these job opportunities visit the TrendBible website.

Opportunities for Artists & Designers

5 Awards at Cockpit Arts Open for Application

There are five Cockpit Arts Awards now open for applications.

All Awards comprise business support provided by Cockpit Arts as well as subsidised studio space for one year.

For more information and to apply visit the Cockpit Arts website

Closing dates range from 14th-24th October 2019

Artists Wanted for ‘We Are Commoners’ Exhibition

Craftspace is seeking submissions for ‘We Are Commoners’, a contemporary craft exhibition on the theme of ‘the commons’.

Following their first callout Craftspace have created a shortlist of artists and are currently oversubscribed for textiles, but continue to seek work in other applied arts disciplines.

The exhibition will highlight acts of ‘commoning’ that are shaping the way communities are working together to share and steward commonly owned assets and resources. It will also investigate craft as a form of commons (through knowledge, materials, practice, heritage).

For more information & application details visit the Craftspace website.

Deadline 9am (UK time) Monday 21st October 2019.

Like Opportunities for Your Business?

Well, that’s it for the October 2019 Opportunities List.

I hope you’ve found some ideas or inspiration in this month’s updates.

Check back next month for more opportunities to grow your business.

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