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Programme

Designs on Growth

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When:
Thursday, 23rd February 2023 (six-month duration)
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Where:

Delivered remotely

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Cost:

Members of IDI, ICAD, 100 archive, IAPI**: €1,195
Non-Members: €2,195
Members- Late Bird**: €1,295
Non-Members- Late Bird: €2,295

Designs on Growth
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6-Month Business Growth & Management Development Programme

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Next intake: 23rd February 2023

The Business Growth & Management 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 to develop 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.

Download the Designs On Growth Brochure 2023

Application deadline: Feb 8th 2023 by COB

 

Designs On Growth from Design Skillnet on Vimeo.

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Duration

6 months

When

Starting 23rd February 2023

Module 1: 23rd February & 2nd March*
Module 2: 23rd & 30th March*
Module 3: 20th or 27th April (In person, full day in Dublin, on either the 20th or 27th date to be agreed with the cohort )
Module 4: 18th & 25th May*
Module 5: 22nd & 29th June*

*Run as  2 x  ½ days sessions online.

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 2023

The 2023 programme starts on 23rd February 2023 and consists of 5 modules, one module taking place per month.

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

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

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

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

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.

 

Register for the next intake

Download the Designs On Growth Brochure 2023

 

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 Róisín Buckley, Kim Whyte, Brian Nolan, Graham Carroll, David Jackson, John Gavin, Colin Farmer, and Clare Brennan.

 

***These prices pertain to applications received by the Application Deadline of 5pm Wed Feb 8th 2023. 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).

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).

 

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 delivers our highly rated Designs on Growth business and management development programme 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

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