Making Repairing into a Business
Prior to the course, you will need to complete a digital enrolment form here
If you have not completed a digital enrollment form, please arrive at the venue by 9.15am, where you will be assisted to complete the form.
This is a requirement from our funders Somerset Skills & Learning.
Repair businesses are the backbone of a sustainable economy, and provide an opportunity to create new enterprises, green jobs and an impactful, practical way to address the climate crisis on a local level. Setting up a repair business has also many challenges and buying new is still often cheaper than doing a good repair job.
This workshop is for individuals and groups who want to learn more about how repair enterprises work – you might be interested in creating or growing your own repair business, or just want to know more about the repair economy from people who have their own ventures. For example, this could include enterprises or initiatives that repair tech, household goods, clothing, furniture and more.
It doesn’t matter what stage you’re at – whether you’re starting with an idea or are already in the thick of it – every participant will leave with tangible next steps for their ideas or their repair business, and meet other people who are engaged in this locally.
The workshop combines the knowledge of people who have made it work, people who have experience of incubating start-ups, and from yourself. Everyone makes the day, and as participants, you will be invited to contribute your own experiences and ideas. Bring your ideas or challenges if you want to get some input or feedback from the group.
Skye Pennant is a fashion and repair activist who runs Slow Stitch Club which aims to share the skills you need to get started with visible mending and keep your clothing from landfill. Skye runs workshops both in Frome and virtually and has designed a range of kits and tools to make the practice of visible mending accessible to everyone.
Badger House Leather combines traditional skills with contemporary design, to create unique handmade items, using the finest, ethically sourced leather. Liz Huband runs a repairing service as a key part of her business, based at Black Swan Arts Studios.
Donate IT have teamed up with many local heroes to help deliver much needed IT to families who need it. Wonderful people in Somerset donate resources to the programme and then those items are refurbished ready for distribution to those who need them. Simon Barfoot, Director of Blackmore UK, will share their model of repair and reuse.
Future Shed will also host a discussion on what the gaps & opportunities are for building a repairing economy in Frome, one repairing, reusing and upcycling venture at a time. Attendees can also benefit from 1-to-1 coaching and advice following the course.
This event is free & funded for residents of the county of Somerset – there is a £5.00 booking fee. Please click here to read the essential booking information.