Design Factory's regional cluster groups August update!
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Design Factory's regional cluster groups August update!
Design Factory now has 9 cluster groups of members that meet regularly for networking, training and peer mentoring.

As our members are located throughout the UK, our aim is that all members have a ‘regional hub' that is based within approx an hour of where they live / work. Groups are now set up across the Midlands, Yorkshire and also in the North West and South West. In the coming months we are hoping to establish groups in London / SE and in Scotland.
Members of all levels are eligible to take part in group meetings and activities; however Friend members are not eligible to exhibit with the groups. We are also encouraging members of our sister organisation Design-Nation to join in the fun!

Groups are mostly meeting every 2 months and are now planning their programmes for the rest of 2017 and into 2018. Design Factory is supporting the groups by providing funding for CPD activities.

Here's what our groups are up to!

The Notts group had a summer social get together on 25th July. Their next big event is the opening of their group exhibition entitled ‘Maker's Dozen' at Nottinghamshire Society of Artists Gallery in Friar Lane, Nottingham from 12-17 September. There will be a preview evening on Tuesday 12 September, 6-8pm - all welcome.

The Lincs group met on 26 July at NCCD in Sleaford for an epic 3 hour long discussion on various topics. The group are currently brainstorming ideas on how to spend their professional development contribution from DF to have the most benefit for the group.

The Derbyshire group had a small group meeting on 10th July. Next meeting scheduled for 13 September in Derby, with a focus on marketing.

The Leics group met on 12 July for a peer mentoring session in the gardens at Burghley House, Stamford. A lovely day in the sunshine with great discussions and sharing of ideas.

Northamptonshire (inc members in Bucks and Herts)
The Northants group met on 26 July in Northampton and had a very productive meeting that left them all buzzing! Plans are proceeding for the group exhibition at Obsidian Art in Buckinghamshire from 13-29 October. The next 4 meetings will be hosted by members of the group, starting in September with a skill share / show and tell session in Crick. The group also had a fantastic idea for a Christmas selling event, selling to other makers (with discounts) and invited guests - perhaps this is an idea that could be adopted by other groups too?

Staffordshire / West Midlands
The Staffs group will meet after the summer and are currently re-scheduling their Writing for Funding Applications workshop.

North West (Manchester & West Yorks)
The NW group have rearranged their pricing workshop with Pete Mosley for 8 September.

The next meeting is scheduled for 5 September, hopefully at a venue in York. The theme will be Exhibition Skills - sales technique & display.

South West (Bristol, Cardiff, Cornwall, Dorset)
The South West group will meet up again after the summer as everyone is so busy!