Good morning everyone! Sorry I have not been in touch for a while but it has been pretty manic over here! I just wanted to quickly give you an update as I've just spoken to the web developer. We're hopeful that the first lot of pages will be going live before the New Year with the bulk of the website being built by the end of January 2014!
We hope you're as excited as we are about this news! Thanks again for all your support. We hope you all have a Merry Christmas and an amazingly successful New Year! x
We've done it folks! You're all amazing!
Preparations are being finalised but we'll be in touch again very soon to let you all know the next steps for transferring your membership over to the website!
We love you guys xxx
Good afternoon everyone! Well as of 14:00 on 29th November we have reached 96.43% of our funding goal, it's going to all be happening very soon!
It looks like the announcement of our partnership with and sponsorship of the O2 Arena has certainly got peoples imaginations running wild!
You can keep up to date will all the goings on by signing up here: handmade-nation.com!
£50 will secure your stall at www.handmadespring.co.uk,
please get in touch for further details. You can see the floor-plan and our exclusive area in all it's glory here: http://handmadespring.co.uk/exhibit/floorplan/
As we are heading closer to our target, the build of the site and launch day, please do get in touch and let us know the sort of information you're hoping to see on there. You can contact either Becky or I (Owen) at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
We look forward to hearing from you soon! x
Hi everyone! There seems to be a real buzz following our announcement yesterday. If you didn't hear, we've teamed up with the O2 and we're sponsoring the Handmade Spring at the O2 event, you can see our sponsorship in all it's glory here: handmadespring.co.uk.
We've also got lots of tickets for Handmade Christmas at the O2 to give away and as a member of Handmade Nation, you're entitled to 2 FREE tickets so please get in touch to claim yours!
We just wanted to let you know that the holding page is up and running, you can find it here: www.handmade-nation.com
You can get a feel for the theme and colours, we hope you like it!
Please do keep sharing, we're really close to raising the full amount so it'll soon be all systems go!
We promised you more news today and we shall deliver! This is the most exciting news to come from Handmade Nation since we launched, so I hope you've got the champagne on ice and you're all sitting down"¦
We are very proud to announce that we have expanded the previously mentioned partnership with The O2 to become official sponsors of their huge craft event in April "“ Handmade Spring. In addition to this, Handmade Nation will be present at this event. Not only that, we will have a limited number of stalls available especially for you guys and girls out there in Handmade Nation. This is our formal invitation to you, our amazingly talented members, to join us in taking Handmade Nation to The O2. We were delighted to be approached by The O2 Arena to help to promote their event, Handmade Christmas at the O2 which has been listed as the 2nd best Christmas craft fair by Time Out, London!
Handmade Spring will run on 11th, 12th and 13th April 2014 at The O2 Arena, London. It will be an amazing event with over 300 stalls each selling a wide variety of British handmade products. We are very proud to be part of this exciting event and we see it as the perfect opportunity to help support handmade businesses. The event will also coincide with 3 nights of the sell-out comedienne, Miranda Hart which will bring in over 60,000 visitors to the venue across the three days. To find out more about the Handmade Spring exhibition please head on over to www.handmadespring.co.uk
If you would like to be a part of this amazing event then come and join us in our own exclusive area at Handmade Spring at the O2. If you'd like further details, then please send an email to either firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com and we'd be delighted to send you an information and application pack!
More exciting information and details will be released soon regarding this event. Please also keep your eye out for some fantastic opportunities to win FREE tickets to the Handmade Christmas at the O2 event, details will be released via our Twitter accounts, @HMNation and @HandmadeHour. There really hasn't been a better time to join the Handmade Nation!
Good evening everyone and thank you for your ongoing support! I just wanted to let you know that we've got a pretty amazing announcement to make tomorrow. I can't say much more at the moment but the exposure that this will give us will be massive and help to give us a solid platform in which to showcase your products. It will also ensure that the Handmade Nation is laying the foundations for a very successful future.
I'll pop back tomorrow once we make the announcement. In the meantime, you know where we are if you have any questions!
We promised some big news"¦ so here it is! We have teamed up with the O2 arena and their amazing Christmas Craft event "“ Handmade Christmas "“ to bring you guys a fantastic offer! Anyone who signs up to be a Handmade Nation member by Wednesday 11th December will get two free tickets to the Handmade Christmas event on the date of their choice (Limited amount applies). The event runs on the 13th, 14th and 15th December 2013 at the O2 Arena and is usually Â£5 per ticket. Handmade Christmas will be host to over 100 stalls with a huge range of gifts, food and drink, information and everything else the crafty person could want to see in one place! Please have a look at www.handmadechristmas.co.uk
for more details.
This offer is also open to all those who have already purchased membership as a huge thank you for putting your faith and support in us as well, simply email firstname.lastname@example.org stating the name you have signed up under and we can get that sorted for you.
In addition to this, keep your eyes peeled at the @HMNation and @HandmadeHour Twitter accounts for competitions ongoing between now and the event to find out more ways to win tickets!
The Handmade Christmas at the O2 arena is a fantastic event with over 60,000 expected to attend. It has been named one of the best Christmas markets by the Evening Standard newspaper and the number 2 Christmas market by Time Out. Don't miss it!
Another HUGE announcement will be made on Monday "“ keep checking back!
Hello everyone! We are currently writing content for the website and we'd love to hear your thoughts! We already have lots of ideas about the sort of things we'll be putting on there, from insurance products, to HMRC help, from taking electronic payments to finding stockists, targeting your audience and lots more!
We don't want to just dump lots of information onto the website straight away but drip feed that information through to you. We'd love to hear the sort of subjects that you would like covered in the initial stages so we can target the right areas for you. Please send us a short email to either owen@handmade-nation .com or email@example.com with website ideas in the subject line and let us know what you want to read!
We hope you've all have a great week so far and here's to a fantastic weekend! We look forward to hearing from you soon!
Good evening everyone! We just wanted to give you a quick update. We've got a few members benefits that we'll announce very soon on the gofundme.com page. We're in active discussions with the web designers and we should have something to show you by next week. We appreciate your patience, it's taken a little longer than we wanted but we needed to make sure we got it right!
Please do send your twitter details through to Becky if you have not already for your chance to be a featured business on Twitter and Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/hmadenation?ref=hl.
We're also in the process of setting up our Handmade Nation email addresses so we'll let you know how to contact us directly very soon. In the meantime if you have any questions then please do get in touch with us through here.
We're now very close to our target, please do spread the word and help us to raise the last £905 so we can launch this baby!
We hope you all have a great weekend!
From all at the Handmade Nation x
Hello to all Handmade Nation members!
Things have been a bit quiet recently, we apologise for that, but we have constantly been working hard behind the scenes and things are starting to come together! We've promised you many benefits for giving us your support and becoming a Handmade Nation member. Most of these benefits will come once the website is launched, however we've come up with a way to get you involved and show off your talents that little bit more!
As many of you have already seen, we unveiled our logo 2 nights ago during #HandmadeHour - so far it seems to have been a success! Alongside this we are going to be re-branding our various social media accounts - and that's where you come in!
So here's the plan, every fortnight we are going to be picking 4 members and showcasing 1 of each of their products on our Facebook and Twitter accounts. The members on display for that fortnight will be picked at random using a random number generator (only one showcase slot can be given to each business during any 6 month period) every Wednesday and announced during #HandmadeHour and contacted so that you can let us know which product/image you would like us to showcase. The 'change-over' of products will happen on a Friday, so if we haven't heard from one of the winning member by then we will simply pick an image of theirs we feel represents them/their products the best to use so no-one misses out!
In order to do that, we need a few things from you. Some of you put you Twitter names or Business names down when you signed up to become a member, but a lot of people didn't, so we need to be sue we know who everyone is! So could you all send an email to Becky at- firstname.lastname@example.org giving the name you donated under, email address (so we can contact you if/when you are allocated a slot!), business name (if you've got one), and your Twitter / Facebook addresses. That way we can give you the best exposure possible so everyone can see where they can find your awesome products!
Thanks for your time and we hope to have more exciting news for you soon!
Please give us a shout if you have any questions,
The Handmade Nation team.
Hello everyone! We hope you all enjoyed the summer and are managing to get some work done now that the kids have returned to school! The designers are working on the new logo and we'll definitely have something to show you regarding the new website very soon. We want to make sure the mock up gives you a good idea of how the website will work. If there is anything you'd like to see on there then please do get in touch!
Thanks again for all your support and please do spread the word, we've just hit over the 55% mark!
There's lots to come and we're still working hard to bring you some great member benefits! We're currently talking to a craft/jewellery supplier so please do let us know what sort of products you use so that we can negotiate some great discounts for you!
Hello everyone! I'm sorry I have not been in touch much recently but things have been really busy! We've just reached over 45% which is fantastic, thank you so much everyone for all your support. We want to reach our target as soon as possible so that we can get this up and running.
We're still working hard behind the scenes, we've already secured some fantastic deals for you and there are lots more to come.
We hope you had a great weekend and here's to a fantastic future for you all.
Good evening folks! Well, make sure you check in and look at the deals that we've been negotiating for you. We've negotiated an exclusive deal with a PR company who will be offering 20% off their services to all our paid members. We continue to work hard to bring you more great deals! In the meantime, we hope you're really enjoying the weather. Please give me a shout if you have any questions! x
I hope the weather has still been good for you all! We're pleased to announce that the guys who will be designing our site also designed: www.harley-davidson.com/store
so you can see it's going to be pretty awesome! Enjoy the rest of your weekend x
Hello everyone! We hope you're all enjoying the weather, the sun has been fantastic hasn't it? #HandmadeHour was a huge success again on Wednesday; thank you for all your support. There's lots happening and we promise to have some more announcements very soon with regards to the web designers who will be getting involved and the benefits that you can expect. Remember to use your sun cream! x
Well, that went well! #HandmadeHour was a huge success again yesterday evening, thank you for all your support! If there is anything that you would like to see added to the proposal for the website then please do let us know. It is a resource for you guys so we want to make sure it has everything you want!
Good evening everyone! This time last week I was both excited and nervous. I couldn't wait to tell you all about our exciting plans, we hoped you all wanted to be a part of it but I was also so nervous, especially about telling you that we would have to charge you for the service! We've tried to keep it as cheap as possible for you, we know first hand at how difficult it is for small independent businesses to be able to budget properly!
Thank you so much again for all your support, it really means a lot to us. We're so happy that we've raised £360 in just under a week and I know we have a lot more to do to get others involved. Believe me, we're working very hard behind the scenes!
We hope you have a cracking #HandmadeHour this evening and a fantastic end to the week ahead. Apparently the nice weather is coming so enjoy it! x
We're now nearly a week in to our fundraising exploits and we've raised £315 so far. A huge thank you to everyone who has purchased a membership, you're helping to make a real difference! We believe the resource we make is going to be amazing for the small and handmade/craft business owner!
We've started to announce some deals and we'd like to say a massive thanks to @popupstall and @socialhighs for their support. We're also very close to announcing another exclusive offer for all paid members.
Thanks again for all your support, please do share with all your friends and followers! Just give us a shout if you have any questions!
I thought I better donate as I'm going to be a big part of it, so there's £50! We're also working with other businesses in order to raise some dosh! Again, thank you for all your support and please do tell your friends, neighbours, family, dogs....... cats, everything!
We've just introduced a new reward level which allows you to dip your toe in with the option of full membership later, come and have a look!
We're hoping to be able to announce some great deals for all members over the coming week or so! Please keep visiting our page to see what's new!
Good morning to you all! Thanks again for your support! Please do let me know your Twitter username so that I can give you an #ff today! We're currently prepping the ship, it's a big one but hopefully it will be sailing soon!! x
I've just had a chat with a nice man about a website! Once we've raised some funds, we're good to go!
Thanks for all your support so far, we really appreciate it! We're working hard behind the scenes to make this a reality! We're talking to lots of businesses around the UK who want to be part of this exciting project. If you'd like to recommend a support service who might be happy advertising on the site for a massively reduced pre-launch fee then please send them our way! We can't do this without you so please do help us to spread the word! x
***** We've hit our target but we're keeping these exclusive deals running a little bit longer so that you can all take advantage of them*****
We're making you all an awesome website and we'd like you all to get involved!
We want to be able to have an awesome website that you amazingly talented crafty folk can use to not only display your products FREE of charge but to also have access to lots of information!
We want to supply you with a website which:
Gives you access to a list of gift shops and retailers who are looking to stock your items
Gives you access to a list of local craft fairs, shows and crafting events
Gives you access to a list of reputable suppliers like web designers, printers, accountants, insurance products etc. who have experience in working with small and handmade businesses
Allows you to showcase your products
Gives you access to lots of information and tips on how to build your brand and get the most out of your social media strategy (some areas will only be accessible to paid membership only)
Features pages to showcase the best talents out there
Actively promotes your products via the website and through social media networking like the #HandmadeHour networking session run by @HandmadeHour
that just keeps on trending in the UK!
- Recent stats show that we reached over 2.2 million individual Twitter accounts during our #HandmadeHour session with a total of over 18 million #HandmadeHour impressions altogether!
- Equally, our #HandmadeHourUSA sessions reach over 800,000 individual Twitter accounts with a total of over 7 million individual ~handmadeHourUSA impressions!
We can really get your products out there!
Allows you access to live webinars/Q&A's with industry leaders to assist you in the running of your business (where available, free to paid members)
Allows you access to lots of advice and tips brought to you by specialists and covering areas like tax, social media, time management, insurance etc
Gives you access to great deals which we've negotiated with businesses especially for you! These will not all be business orientated. (Available to paid members only, see below for deals already agreed)
Allows you to apply for a grant (of up to £100) to fund a start-up, develop a new product or purchase an essential piece of kit for your toolbox! (Available to paid members only)
We really do want to support all your amazing handmade, craft and arty businesses and we truly believe that we can make this happen. However, it will cost money to get this project off the ground. The price above will pay for the initial outlay of the website and associated plug-ins and the 5% fee that we have to pay to gofundme.com. We don't want the new website to look cheap, we want it to be awesome! We've got some fantastically talented web developers and designers on-board who are going to make us an amazingly gorgeous and easy to use website for you all to use. But because it's so amazingly gorgeous then it's going to cost a pretty penny! We really appreciate your support and every donation that you make will get us closer to our goal!
The web designer and web developer that we have on board also worked on http://www.harley-davidson.com/store/
so you know it's going to be pretty amazing!
By donating £5 (no membership rights) you're helping us to get this show on the road! We appreciate that you don't know us, so we wouldn't expect everyone to feel as though they should fully commit to the project just yet! If you choose this option then you can always purchase the rest of the annual membership or lifetime membership by launch date! We'll let you know when we're ready to go!
By donating £10 to this project you will be purchasing an annual membership (reduced introductory offer, normal price £25), you will have access to all the above features for a whole year and be able to showcase up to 20 products (each with up to 5 photos each) on the website! You will also be entitled to one weeks' free page/account sitting service (worth £10) provided by @socialhighs
By donating £50 to this project you will be purchasing a lifetime membership (one-time offer), we guarantee that you will never have to pay to use the services mentioned above again. You'll also be able to showcase up to 20 products (each with up to 5 photos each) on the website. You will also be entitled to one weeks' free page/account sitting service (worth £10) provided by @socialhighs
Please do let us know your Twitter Username or Facebook page when you donate so that we can give you a HUGE thank you!
There will also be a FREE membership option available once the website goes live which will only give you access to some of the features above. The free membership option will give you access to all the standard advice/information areas, access to the searchable database of suppliers and allow you to showcase up to 3 products. Access to live webinars/Q&A sessions will be available by an extra fee. We're also negotiating deals with businesses especially for you and these will only be available to paid members.
We will never charge commission on any sales that you receive through the website!
If you are a service provider and you're looking for advertising opportunities on our new website then please do get in touch with us!
Please make sure that you let us know your email address when you donate and give us a shout if you have any questions! You can find us on Twitter at @HMNation, @HandmadeHour or @Becky_Doggett, or send us a message through gofundme.com.
DEALS ALREADY AGREED FOR PAID MEMBERSHIP:
The page sitting service entitles you to one week FREE page/account sitting (basic package worth £10) so you can go on holiday and have fun knowing you page/account is in good hands! @socialhighs will help to manage either your Facebook page or Twitter account so your business will still have a social media presence even if you are not there to manage things yourself!
@CraftandCrumpet, craftandcrumpet.co.uk - All paid members get 50% off room fees to run their own workshops when they sign up for a 12 month cube space with popupstalls.co.uk
@TailoredPR are offering a whopping 20% off their PR services to all paid members! All you need to do is book a full days work (8 hours) within any month!
@ljcltd are offering 10% off to all paid Handmade Nation members. You can find more information about their services here: http://www.ljcltd.co.uk/
@printme123 are offering 10% off to all paid Handmade Nation members! http://www.printme123.co.uk/
We have teamed up with http://www.handmadehorizons.com/
to bring you some amazing discounts on their packages! Just get in touch for further details.
More deals coming soon!
P.S. I'm not quite sure what the location is all about! I'm based in Aberdeenshire!
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