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Our story

In the words of the peace scholar Elise Boulding “I have long believed that a wholesome, peaceful world is possible if we devote all-out effort to the development of each member of the community”.

In an overcrowded world of consumerism, the inspiration to create a safe environment to support, develop and empower women and young people was overwhelming.

As a Nichiren Buddhist, the founder believes in the dignity of life and respect for everyone. Her focus is on creating value for individuals and their communities by providing much needed support and encouragement.

It’s with this simple, yet powerful idea, that the Artisanry Co. Business Hub aims to deliver positive impact, both socially and economically.

Why we are different

We are a Social Enterprise in the form of a Community Interest Company, run for the benefit of the community at large. This means that we have  an overarching community purpose that reaches beyond our membership.

Artisanry Co. is also committed to reinvesting ALL its profits back into the development of the community of sellers and their local economies.

Empowering Women

Supporting Young People

Who we are

Meet the people who are developing the Artisanry Co. community

Bhawna Sarin

Bhawna Sarin

Managing Director

Bhawna has over 20 years professional and business experience in the UK and overseas, including significant project management and digital development expertise in the UK. Earlier in her career, she also established and successfully ran her own distribution and training business overseas. Her professional experience brings commercial acumen, alongside strong financial discipline, to the development and ultimate management of the business.

Her passion is to establish and run an ethically sustainable business for all makers. As a woman in business, she is also keen to encourage and create opportunities to help other women in the workplace, marketplace, and communities.

Peter Dorward

Peter Dorward

Director

Peter provides guidance and advice on the structural and financial aspects of the business.

For the last 25 years, Peter has managed business at a senior level in the UK and overseas. Throughout his career, his focus has been on improving investment governance of major UK institutions and pension funds.

He also has experience of chairing trustee boards in the third sector.

Dr Karen Patel

Dr Karen Patel

Advisor - Craft Industry

Karen acts as an advisor to help develop relevant projects to ensure our goals for social impacts are met.

Karen is an AHRC Leadership Fellow based at the Birmingham Centre for Media and Cultural Research, Birmingham School of Media. Her current research focuses on diversity and expertise development in the contemporary craft economy, in collaboration with Crafts Council UK. She is particularly interested in issues around diversity and inequalities in craft work and the wider creative industries.

Richard Stevenson

Richard Stevenson

Advisory - Carbon management

Richard acts as an advisor to help deliver sustainable, low carbon value chain to the business.

Richard currently works for Scottish Carbon Capture and Storage. He is passionate about working with actors across society to promote, pursue and deliver meaningful action towards a sustainable and low-carbon future.

Charlie Jackson

Charlie Jackson

Executive Coach

Charlie has always loved the idea of coaching people… to see them grow, develop and achieve their goals, both as individuals and in teams.

Establishing his own business 32 years ago he has been operating as an executive coach for many years working across a range of business sectors, as well as with individual clients who are committed to their own personal development.

Qualifications include a Diploma in Physical Education, Diploma in Management Studies, and an MSc in Management. His own journey of development over the years has embraced many approaches and disciplines, allowing him to produce real sustainable change for both individuals and teams.

Lisa van Vuuren

Lisa van Vuuren

Digital Marketing

Lisa has been involved in the marketing world for 10 years, with experience in production management, qualitative market research, and digital marketing across various sectors. As a freelance digital marketing strategist, she develops social media strategies with a focus on content marketing and brand building.

Having studied consumer behaviour at university, she has a passion for customer purchase behaviour and understanding how decisions are made in the digital ecommerce space.

Emily Craik

Emily Craik

Social Media Marketing

Emily is a freelance content creator and digital marketer. She is a qualified fashion designer, and uses her eye for detail and creativity in her work as an online marketer and writer.

She works in providing inclusive quality marketing strategies and specialises in social media, SEO writing, and content creation.

Candice Land

Candice Land

Social Media Marketing

Candice is a freelance creative with all-round marketing experience in both digital and traditional formats. This includes basic web design, SEO writing, communication with influencers, social media management and various writing formats.

Her true passion lies in writing where she has more than five year’s professional experience in the industry writing in various formats including SEO, blogs, press releases, social media, interviews and web copy.

Samantha Land

Samantha Land

Marketing Assistant

Having recently graduated with her honours degree in psycology, Sam decided to take time interning to gain further work experience. She has worked in a variety of industries including teaching, hospitality, OT and content creation writing articles for an online company.
Sonia

Sonia

Filmmaker

Young, vibrant and ”very Italian”, Sonia (best known as Sally in the social media world) is a talented filmmaker with an unique vision in film and storytelling. With a solid background producing music videos and short films, she has been working on developing her own production label ”Sally Sicily’’ . Sonia has been working with Artisanry Co. for the past two works and has produced some amazing maker videos.

Laura

Laura

Videographer

Laura is a freelance videographer and content creator. Laura’s expertise lies in telling captivating stories through video content.

Originally from Spain, Laura has been living in Edinburgh while she studies Film and Media at Queen Margaret University (QMU). She also has studied Screen and Media in Australia before coming to Edinburgh.

Laura is passionate about working with artists, crafters and makers and showcasing their stunning work through the medium of videography.

What we do

Coaching & Mentoring

Social Impact

Business Support Hub

Supported by

Sussex Innovation Centre

This project is supported by Sussex Innovation, a business incubator owned by the University of Sussex. Sussex Innovation works with purpose-led businesses who are addressing important social, economic and environmental challenges, helping them to grow, scale and deliver greater impact. Read the white paper they prepared for us, about the social impact of maker and creator platforms.

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