CASCADE stands for Craft (and) Artisan Skills (for) Co-operative And Digital Enterprise and Innovation Gains and has been co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.
The CASCADE project will cover digital learning for business growth (pricing, digital marketplaces, digital marketing, retail channels etc), innovation and sustainable (closed loop) production along with inter-generational learning, careers advice for young people interested in crafts and the creation of a new network to enable craft and artisan workers to link up with new markets for their products.
Our innovative outputs include inter-generational workshops with exhibitions of co-created crafts and a comprehensive package of innovation learning, covering design, marketing, business model and supply innovation. We are focussing on this topic because we consider the urgency of the climate emergency and the importance of the craft and artisan sector in contributing to a low-carbon economy with a substantive output setting out routes for low-emission, zero-waste production to enable the craft and artisan sector to innovate in this area, and to make use of their sustainability credentials in marketing their products.
The CASCADE research project is looking for people running their own craft, artisan or other creative sector business to take part in workshops, interviews and join our community of practice to explore how you build manage and run your business.
Our workshops and learning materials created over the duration of the project will aim to help you:
Gain knowledge and skills to support business growth
Develop innovations in manufacture, design, and business model
Support the craft, artisan and creative sectors to build resilience
Enable the sharing of cultural heritage