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Designs on Growth

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When:
Next intake 22nd February 2024 (six-month duration)
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Delivered remotely

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Cost:

Members: €1195
Non-Members: €2195
Members Late Bird: €1295
Non-Members Late Bird : €2295

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6-Month Business Growth & Development Programme

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Next intake: 22nd February 2024

Application Deadline: 16th February 2024

The Business Growth & Development Programme is an innovative learning and development response providing the owner/managers of design and creative businesses with best practice business management skills and knowledge to support sustainability and increase revenue in their business.

This bespoke programme is sector-specific and designed to fully support you in developing a winning strategy for your business.

 

Who is it for?

Suitable for studios, agencies and consultancies which are seeking to grow and/or expand*.

*Please contact us to discuss your specific business and needs.

 

Designs On Growth from Design Skillnet on Vimeo.

 

Duration

6 months

When

22nd February 2024 to Mid June 2024

Programme is scheduled to begin on February 22nd.

Scroll down for more details on the modules content.

 

Module 01 – Workshop 1 – Build your Dream Business – Delivered Online

Day 1: Thursday Feb 22nd, 9.30am to 1pm
Day 2: Feb 29th, 9.30am to 1pm

Module 02 – Workshop 2 – Understand & Embrace the Financials: Time is Money! – Delivered Online

Day 1: Thurs Mar 21st , 9.30am to 1pm
Day 2: Thurs Mar 28th, 9.30am to 1pm

Module 03 – Workshop 3 – Develop and Implement a Successful Marketing Plan – In-Person or Online

Full-day in-person workshop, Dublin Thurs April 18th

OR 2 half days online on April 18th & 25th* –  to be agreed with the programme participants

Module 04 – Workshop 4 – Make Selling Easy and Create a WOW Customer Experience – Delivered Online

Day 1: Thursday May 16th, 9.30am to 1pm
Day 2: Thurs May 23rd, 9.30am to 1pm

Module 05 – Workshop 5 – Develop & Lead your Dream Support Team – Delivered Online

Day 1: Thurs June 13th

Day 2: Thurs June 20th

 

The programme typically runs as 2 x 0.5 Days online per month. One module will be run as a full day face-to-face, with the flexibility for a second module to be run in that format if the group wishes and by agreement with the group.

 

Why should I attend?

  • Effectively address your business challenges
  • Improve performance
  • Develop your design or creative business practice going forward
  • Manage your team effectively

Programme 2024

The next 2024 programme starts on February 22nd and consists of 5 modules, one module taking place per month.

  • Day 1: Thursday Feb 22nd, 9.30am to 1pm

  • Day 2: Feb 29th, 9.30am to 1pm

Starting with a complete business review report and current situations analysis you will get an understanding of  where you are starting from so that you can reestablish the vision you have for your business and develop a plan to get there

  • Day 1: Thurs Mar 21st , 9.30am to 1pm

  • Day 2: Thurs Mar 28th, 9.30am to 1pm

This workshop will take you through the importance of managing your business finance. The workshop is a simple step-by-step to understanding and getting the most out of the money in your business. The day is wrapped up with a time management session

  • Full day in-person workshop, Dublin Thurs April 18th  OR  2 half days online on April 18th & 25th* –  to be agreed with the programme participants

Understand and develop a marketing plan that effectively gets your message to your target market consistently, generating a constant flow of enquiries.

  • Day 1: Thursday May 16th, 9.30am to 1pm

  • Day 2: Thurs May 23rd, 9.30am to 1pm

Learn how to effectively manage and convert your leads to create a predictable flow of new customers in your business, when you have generated new customers WOW them with amazing customer service to ensure they never want to go to a competitor

  • Day 1: Thurs June 13th

  • Day 2: Thurs June 20th

Develop the right ecosystem around your business, whether employees or external supports, to take care of your customers and your business so you can invest your time in building it.

Coaching Support

Coaching is a critical part of the programme.  There is one coaching session to follow each workshop.

Peer Learning & Support

At the beginning of each workshop, you will have an opportunity to exchange ideas with your peers. In particular, to discuss progress on implementation of programme best practices and also to discuss common challenges and issues.

Application

A maximum of 12 businesses will be selected.

Limited places.

Application deadline: 5pm Friday Feb 16th 2024 Applications received after this deadline may still be processed, subject to places being available but will be subject to a late-bird programme fee of €1,295(members) / €2,295 (non-members). 

 

Apply now!

Download the Designs on Growth Brochure 2024

 

What past participants had to say:

“My experience of the Designs on Growth programme has been overwhelmingly positive. As a fast track for creatives, who often don’t possess the knowledge and skills to diagnose and encourage fiscal well-being, Designs on Growth has been very beneficial. Expert and personable mentors and workshop leaders are complemented with easy-to-understand notes that build to create an invaluable resource for extracurricular reference. The Designs on Growth programme helps you take the firsthand, in-depth knowledge of your own business, structure it, assess it, set realistic goals, and create a road map for growth.”
Oran Day, Atelier David Smith

“We chose to participate in Designs on Growth as a means to both understand the design landscape in the RoI and to take stock of how we have been operating as a business. Our business is approaching an age where we felt that we need to better define our process, our client engagement and our delivery for existing clients, whilst moving to potentially attract new clients. The Designs on Growth programme has been really effective by allowing us to step out of the business and take some time to learn new methodologies, begin to understand how we might apply them and share experiences with a very diverse and friendly peer group. The sessions are very well structured and thought-provoking and the follow-up mentoring helps provide the answers to questions that you may have or things you wish to test.”
Stephen McGilloway, MD Big Small Design, Product Design

“The course was a great opportunity to step outside and look back in on the business side of the studio. There was great solidarity seeing other studios on the course also faced similar issues. It has had a positive impact on how we’re now developing our studio.”
John Gavin, Creative Director, True Output

‘We made a lot of changes based on the Designs on Growth course. Most of these were around our finances. We now have a much better financial perspective for our business. It has been invaluable.’
Roisin Buckley, Director, Piquant

 

Scroll down for more testimonials or read our Q&A series with course facilitator Jeannette Naughton and past participants Kate O’ Moore, Gillian Reidy, Róisín Buckley, Kim Whyte, Brian Nolan, Graham Carroll, David Jackson, John Gavin, Colin Farmer, and Clare Brennan.

 

Design Skillnet training focuses on helping designers and creatives in their businesses to up-skill their teams and to attract and service clients in a rapidly changing commercial landscape. 

About the trainer

Jeannette Naughton

Instagram Prospero.ie

Jeannette is a Master Trainer and experienced Business Coach and works closely with a portfolio of Design Sector Clients delivering training and coaching to improve their business performance. She delivers workshops and coaching to groups of business leaders and their teams on Strategic Planning, Marketing and Sales Strategy, Communication and Team Cohesion. Jeannette has delivered our highly rated Designs on Growth business and management development programme since 2019 and coaches participants to achieve business success and achieve long-term results in their businesses.

“My experience of the Designs on Growth programme has been overwhelmingly positive. As a fast track for creatives, who often don’t possess the knowledge and skills to diagnose and encourage fiscal well-being, Designs on Growth has been very beneficial. Expert and personable mentors and workshop leaders are complemented with easy-to-understand notes that build to create an invaluable resource for extracurricular reference. The Designs on Growth programme helps you take the firsthand, in-depth knowledge of your own business, structure it, assess it, set realistic goals, and create a road map for growth.”

Oran Day, Atelier David Smith

"We chose to participate in Designs on Growth as a means to both understand the design landscape in the RoI and to take stock of how we have been operating as a business. Our business is approaching an age where we felt that we need to better define our process, our client engagement and our delivery for existing clients, whilst moving to potentially attract new clients. The Designs on Growth programme has been really effective by allowing us to step out of the business and take some time to learn new methodologies, begin to understand how we might apply them and share experiences with a very diverse and friendly peer group. The sessions are very well structured and thought-provoking and the follow-up mentoring helps provide the answers to questions that you may have or things you wish to test."

Stephen McGilloway, MD Big Small Design, Product Design

"The course was a great opportunity to step outside and look back in on the business side of the studio. There was great solidarity seeing other studios on the course also faced similar issues. It has had a positive impact on how we’re now developing our studio."

John Gavin, Creative Director, True Output

‘We made a lot of changes based on the Designs on Growth course. Most of these were around our finances. We now have a much better financial perspective for our business. It has been invaluable.’

Roisin Buckley, Director, Piquant

‘A valuable way of learning; a valuable way of implementing change. We made a lot of changes based on Designs on Growth course. Most of these were around our finances. We now have a much better financial perspective for our business. It has been invaluable.’

Brian Nolan, Director, Detail

'An opportunity to step away and concentrate on the business side of our studio. Once I went on ‘Designs on Growth’ and other workshops, things just took off. It’s the way I now understand all the different aspects of running a design business.’

Karen Hanratty, Director, Path

'It has helped us to change our mindsets and focus on our business goals, not just those of clients'.

Rhys Jenkins, Director, Open

'We have seen an increase in sales that can be directly attributed to what we have learned in the programme.'

Graham Carroll, Founder & Head of Strategy, Friday

'Design on Growth is a must-do for anyone running a design or creative business'.

David Jackson, Co founder & UX Director, Friday

'It has given me the motivation and tools to become the designer and business owner that I wanted to be'

Kim Whyte, Founder & Creative Director , FiggyDoo

'I learned a lot about our business. It offered me huge support in understanding my style of management and moulding that for the betterment of our business – using the additional skill sets and business supports provided through the course such as new finance and customer management system which have hugely improved our customer care and pipeline consideration and made a big difference to the administrative side of the business. The greatest return on investment was a reaffirmed confidence in the business and renewed excitement for growth.'

Gillian Reidy, Creative Director & Business Owner, Penhouse Design

'This course has been transformative for my business and has completely changed the way I approach my business now. It has given me the tools and confidence to run my business in a better and more efficient way that works for me. The one to one coaching within the programme really helps you move forward at your own pace. I wouldn't think twice about joining - you will see a difference in your business by being on this course.'

Kate O'Moore, Creative Director and founder, MAKER

'In many ways we designed our website for other designers. The course changed the way we presented ourselves, which was fairly significant.’

Rocky Grennell, Managing Director, DesignWorks

‘The Designs on Growth training has really helped in terms of setting out goals for the business and deciding where we need to be. It’s given me the space and opportunity to think these things through.’

Colin Byrne, Director, Totem

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