Creative Kernow

Creative Kernow

Creative Kernow, based at Krowji, is the umbrella organisation for the following nine projects. Together we support the production, promotion and distribution of work by creative practitioners in Cornwall because we believe in creativity’s transformative power and want more people to benefit from it.

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Getting Ready for Trade with Design Nation

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Join Hayley Banks from Design Nation to learn key information on how to get your creative business ready for trade.

Getting Ready for Trade – advice for designer makers

Design-Nation has a long history of supporting designer makers to investigate trade markets and showcase their products at trade fairs in the UK and overseas. This session will provide vital information for those considering a trade fair route for their business and will include:

  • How do trade fairs differ from retail shows? Are you ready for trade? Key points to consider
  • Which trade fair? An introduction to the different options, including Top Drawer, British Craft Trade Fair, Decorex International, Maison & Objet, NY Now
  • Top tips for applying for trade fairs
  • Preparing for trade – pricing, display, paperwork, marketing
  • Case studies

This is an opportunity for you to learn more and have all your questions about trade fairs answered, during the group session or on a one-to-one basis with Hayley during the afternoon. Also learn more about Design-Nation and the opportunities and support available for designer makers, including a proposed new DN cluster group in Cornwall.

After the morning’s workshop and a networking lunch, there will also be limited places available for you to have a one-to-one consultation session with Hayley Banks.


Design-Nation is a membership network and portfolio of some of the most acclaimed and innovative designers and craftspeople from across the UK. With a national and international profile, activity programme and bespoke package of opportunities, Design-Nation is committed to supporting and developing creative talent from the early days of launching a business, to established and internationally known designers and makers.

Hayley Banks

Hayley Banks manages the portfolio of designers makers that make up Design-Nation’s membership. As Membership & Programme Manager, Hayley works closely with creative practitioners to provide one–to-one mentoring, business and marketing support and to identify and create opportunities for designers and makers to exhibit and sell their work.