Open Studios and Business Coaching for Growth at the Chocolate Factory
The Chocolate Factory in Wood Green, managed by our partner
Collage Arts, is home to some 230 creative businesses - which
throw open their doors each year for their 'Open
This year, the Open Studios take place on Saturday and
Sunday 12 -13 November 2011 (12:00 noon until 6:00pm).
At Rinova, our staff, trainers and business advisers have worked
closely with Collage Arts over the years to support the business
aspirations and ambitions of the creative companies based at the
Chocolate Factory. As well as supporting the preparation of the
Open Studios, and as a follow up to it, we are delighted to be
planning a new Business Coaching for Growth programme for a number
of Chocolate Factory businesses. Part funded through the
Leadership and Management Programme, brokered by Triangle Fusion
and in partnership with the Interchange Trust, Rinova will provide
the owners and managers of some 20 companies with in-depth coaching
and training to support their business growth ambitions.
Kingsley James, Rinova's senior business adviser, says "It
is a real pleasure to be working closely with the Chocolate Factory
artists again to support their development and growth. I have
coached a number of the artists there at different times over the
years and its been a delight to see how it has developed. The work
that Collage Arts and their adviser Duncan Sones have done this
year to take the marketing approach to a new level is fantastic and
I'm looking forward to supporting a number of the companies through
the new programme to follow up the Open Studios."
The Open Studios is a chance to buy work from 75 visual artists
and 25 makers. Chocolate Factory Wood Green is London's
largest and most lively studio complex - all under one roof.
Last year, more than 7,000 people visited the Open Studios to see,
commission and buy - or just to take in the atmosphere.
Admission is free - so why not join us?
Jewellery design from Lea Yehud and 'Ant' by
sculptor Lawrie Simonson
The Chocolate Factory, Clarendon Road, Wood Green London N22
6XJJewellery design from Lea Yehud and
'Ant' by sculptor Lawrie Simonson
Telephone: 020 8365 7500
Manoj Ambasna, from the Chocolate Factory,
"Chocolate Factory is home to the largest group of artists
and makers in London; nowhere else will you see work of this
quality and diversity and get the chance to meet the people who
Paintings and prints are on sale from around £60. But
Chocolate Factory is also home to some internationally renowned
artists and the price of this work reflects their reputations.
However you are buying direct from the artists.
We have a real niche of makers in fashion and accessories -
and this is the place to come and see what will be the next big
thing on the high streets. Our makers supply internationally
recognised retailers but here you can buy directly from them. This
gives you a chance to get customised or one-off pieces and the
opportunity to buy affordable luxuries. Just 20 minutes from Kings
Cross up the Piccadilly Line."
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