Two-Day Bootcamp to Help Local Businesses Understand the Over 50’s Market- 27th & 28th April
It is widely recognised that over 50’s are the fastest growing and highest earning section of the population. The EU estimates that the over 50s market, or the “Silver Economy”, will be worth over €5 trillion annually by 2025. This is an exciting opportunity for local businesses to focus on this growing market.
Companies that adapt to the changing needs of an ageing population can benefit from increased customer loyalty and strong word of mouth recommendations. Louth was the first county in Ireland to achieve “Age Friendly” status and now Louth County Council and the Local Enterprise Office, as part of the ERASMUS+ Age Friendly Economy Project, are looking to build on this reputation.
This intensive two day Bootcamp will take place on Friday 26th and Saturday 27th April at Creative Spark, Dundalk. The training will assist the business community and budding entrepreneurs to innovate, adapt their current services and look for new business opportunities to support Ireland’s older population. We encourage local businesses and budding entreprenurs to register early as places are limited and will fill fast.
Attendance is free but there are limited places so registering your interest in the Bootcamp is essential. Register now by calling Sarah Mallon in Local Enterprsie Office Louth on 042 9324184 or email email@example.com.
Architectural Spaces Launches their Finishes Library
Architectural Spaces, located in Creative Spark Dundalk, is opening their new design studio to creative homeowners and professionals. The Design studio consists of over two hundred of the latest sample books from top design houses such as Designer Guild, Osborne & Little, Anthology, Harelquin and many more. Our library is contemporary, new and extensive, showing the very latest designs in fabrics for curtains and blinds, rugs, lights, wallpaper, paint samples and more. It houses the latest and freshest designs from shows in Paris and London, all hand-picked and selected by our design team. Homeowners can book a consultation online with one of our in-house designers to create personalised schemes and finishes for your own design project, this individual service is by appointment only.
Designers, Engineers, Architects and other interested professionals can become a member of our design library by simply signing up online. Whether you’re a homeowner or a professional you can avail of an exclusive discount on finishes with express ordering when purchasing through us.
For more information visit the website to check out some of the stunning projects we have worked on or follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest Architectural Spaces Design.
The Start Your Own Business 8 week Programme has been designed to address the needs of those wishing to start their own business, or those who have recently started trading. It is aimed at providing practical support, advice and guidance in a broad range of business areas. This programme will enable participants to gain a working knowledge of how to set up a business and / or to manage an existing business. For full information click here.
GDPR – The Latest Updates
Date: Thursday 9th May Time: 6.30pm – 9.30pm Cost: €20
Since May almost 30% of data subjects have exercised their new-found personal data rights in the UK and Ireland. The supervising authority in Ireland, the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner, has seen significant increases in breach reporting since the implementation of GDPR. With significant fines and penalties at stake no business wants to be “The One”. The workshop will recap on the changes introduced by GDPR, the impact it has had on your business and also examine any new developments in the area. For full information click here.
Creative Skills Training
Here are some of the courses commencing at the end of April. For a full list of upcoming courses and workshops visit our website.
Date: Wednesday 1st May (6 weeks) Time: 7.00pm – 9.00pm Cost: €105 (inc. materials)
This six-week course will give you a taster of several different printmaking techniques. You will learn how to develop your artwork into a series of different editions. the techniques range from woodcut from the 5th century to photo stencil screen print from the 1960’s. Techniques covered include Monoprint, Drypoint, Collagraph, Woodcut and Screenprint. For full information click here.
Sewing Machine Projects (Adults)
Date: Friday 3rd May (6 weeks) Time: 10.00am – 12.00pm Cost: €90
This great course will bring your sewing to the next level or refresh your skills. Learn new skills and techniques in a fun, creative atmosphere and meet like-minded people who are keen to do the same. You will get to design, make and take home some fun and quirky projects, or you can bring a special project to work on. Please bring your own sewing machine (two class machines available for this without)
For full information click here.
Co-operation Works: Co-operative Development (4-weeks)
Are you interested in learning more about the co-operative movement and how to establish a co-operative?
The aim of this training course is to raise awareness of the ways in which people coming together in co-operative organisations can improve the quality of life in organisations. Attendees will gain skills and knowledge to become informed members of a co-operative, and/or Board and working group members.
This course will be delivered by Norman Rides. Norman is a qualified and a consultant to many co-operative enterprises. He has been at Director or CEO level of many co-operative organisations and has founded one credit union, one worker cooperative and two co-operative consortia, as well as being an active member of housing, and consumer co-operatives. He edited “Step-by-Step Guide to Social Enterprise” and has contributed to other reports and feasibility studies on co-operation and social enterprise.
This training course will take place for 4 weeks, one morning each week commencing Wednesday 8th May (continuing 15th, 22nd & 29th May consecutively) with a fee of €60. For more information click here.
Anthony Corrigan is our current Artist-in-Residence here at Creative Spark. Anthony is a freelance artist and an animator. He has provided a large variety of artwork to business & individuals for over 15 years. Anthony studied Classical Animation at Ballyfermot College Dublin and also has earned a Diploma in advanced Character animation with Animation Mentor. For more information on Anthony’s work visit his website.
Community Tapestry Project
The Community Tapestry Project drop in stitching sessions are continuing daily on week days this month with the Tapestry available for anyone who wants to drop by and get stitching!! Visit the website for all the information and updates on this project.
Drogheda Arts Festival 2019
Print Factory and Lantern Making Workshop with AAEX and Creative Spark
Monday 6th May 2.00pm – 4.00pm
Art as Exchange (AAEX) and Creative Spark have teamed up to set up a small print factory in St Dominic’s Park. Visitors are invited to try their hand at mono printing, screen printing, using lino cuts and other techniques alongside drawing, watercolours, calligraphy or collages to assemble their own lantern made from recycled materials. AAEX and Creative Spark artists will be on hand to guide you in the creative process throughout this fun family event.