Why local designers say InCube is the “place to be”

Friday 11th January, 2019

Calling all creatives! Applications are open for the 2019 intake at InCube’s support and employability programme – providing a fantastic opportunity to launch or grow your own creative business.

Developed by Invest in Renfrewshire, the InCube programme allows local creative start-ups to benefit from support from industry specialists and advisors.

InCube’s Class of 2018 are already seeing their businesses benefit from the package of support offered by the programme, including attending a range of workshops and having the chance to sell their products in the dedicated InCube shop.

Designer Geraldine Donnelly, of textiles and homewares brand Obsidian Ore, said her time at InCube has been amazing and a helpful experience for both herself and her business.

Geraldine added: “Without the support of InCube, I wouldn’t have won the chance to design the prizes for the 2018 Scottish Album of the Year Awards – my first big commission as a professional designer.”

See the SAY Award 2018 winners Young Fathers with Geraldine’s design below.

Young Fathers win 2018 SAY Award

Designer Eva Arnaudova who designs childrens clothing under the name Atelier Eva Art, said that InCube helped her to develop new ideas and gave her confidence in her own abilities.

She said “Incube covers all the steps for creative businesses and was a great help to me in every possible way.”

The programme is open to those wishing to start or grow a business in the creative retail, textiles, jewellery, design, fashion, crafts and makers sector.

Designer Sohelia Keyani said that InCube offer warmth and guidance to help fledgling businesses become strong and self-sufficient.

She added: “If you’re a creative needing support and business acumen, then InCube is the place to be!”

Applications for the 2019 InCube intake close on Monday 11 February.

Find out more about the InCube programme

I would advise any other creative businesses to think about setting up in Paisley because the potential is massive – there is such a great community of creative people.

Jane Hunter
Textile artist

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