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''Super'' website for local makers celebrates six-month success

Angela Elliott of Elliotts Millinery
Angela Elliott of Elliotts Millinery
An online directory of local makers and artists now has more than 350 creative people listed, just six months after the website was launched.

The Makers Directory - themakersdirectory.co.uk - was set up in March to showcase the wealth of creative talent locally and encourage people to buy directly from them, using funding from Eastbourne Borough Council as part of its business support to Covid-19.

People can use The Makers Directory to search for unique crafts, shop for handmade gifts, commission work for their home or get creative and find someone to teach them a new skill, while supporting local businesses to thrive and grow.

Categories include ceramics, homeware, jeAn online directory of local makers and artists now has more than 350 creative people listed, just six months after the website was launched.

The Makers Directory (themakersdirectory.co.uk) was set up in March to showcase the wealth of creative talent locally and encourage people to buy directly from them, using funding from Eastbourne Borough Council as part of its business support to Covid-19.

People can use The Makers Directory to search for unique crafts, shop for handmade gifts, commission work for their home or get creative and find someone to teach them a new skill, while supporting local businesses to thrive and grow.

Categories include ceramics, homeware, jewellery, photography, illustration, furniture and paint.

Cuncillor David Tutt, Leader of Eastbourne Borough Council, said: "The Makers Directory is a super website that is easy to use and in a short time has accumulated hundreds of local talent makers and artists to search from.

"I urge people in Eastbourne to try out The Makers Directory and support our creative, independent traders, many of whom have experienced their worst year on record due to Covid-19.

"To put it in perspective, if every adult in Eastbourne spent just £5 per week on local independent business, this would put £20.9 million per year directly into our local economy."

Makers and artists can list their business for free on the website and The Makers Directory is building a strong following on Instagram, which includes a "takeover" every weekend when followers can discover more about a featured local maker and their business.

Following the success of the first Makers Meet-up for Eastbourne makers and artists in June, more events are being planned to connect people and local businesses with the creative community.

Angela Elliott, of Elliotts Millinery - elliottsmillinery.co.uk - in Eastbourne said: "The Makers Directory has really made a difference to my business. 

"Finding out about The Makers Directory and being asked to do an Instagram takeover gave me a real boost. With events and weddings not going ahead it has been a challenging year for the hat making industry.

"The Instagram takeover not only increased my followers, but also my confidence. Being part of such a professionally run, well-marketed directory makes me feel that there are opportunities on the horizon."