Business Incubator and retail academy in Paisley, Scotland

[past event] Check some of InCube businesses at Scotland’s Trade Fairs!

[past event] Check some of InCube businesses at Scotland’s Trade Fairs!

Five of our current InCube businesses will be exhibiting on Scotland’s Trade Fairs from this Sunday 22/01 to Tuesday 24/01/2017. Check them out to find out more about their products!

Paisley-born professional graphics artist Lorna Williams is forging ahead with her brand Art with Heart, using her skills to make unique artistic designs and personalised illustrated framed prints. Her Paisley Burdies range – Paisley pattern-shaped birds designs within a frame edged with a little “burdy” woodcut – are particularly popular with locals, selling well in the town’s InCube shop and at markets throughout Scotland.

Karen Hanvidge, of Renfrew-based Karen Hanvidge Ceramics, won a commission from Paisley Museum to replicate one of the ceramic trophies she created for the 2016 Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) held in Paisley to commemorate the UK City of Culture 2021 Bid. She also successfully won City of Culture Events and Heritage funding and will be running a series of free pottery workshops for children at Paisley museum.

Glasgow School of Arts postgraduate and former award-winning architect Krisztina McCulloch – the creative force behind Paisley-based business KCD – designs hand-drawn and hand-crafted jewellery and homewares using wood and Scottish eco-friendly materials like Harris Tweed. Her love of cityscapes inspired her most recent collection of hand-drawn illustrations onto silk, linen and clay and her products are now sold throughout Scotland including museums and National Trust properties.

Melissa Watt, who lives in Paisley, specialises in highly intricate handmade origami paper light fixtures sold under her Misty Concepts. Her products attracted a lot of attention at the Scotland Re:Designed Interiors showcase event in Glasgow in November. Thanks to winning a Creative Scotland place, she is now being mentored by William Knight, director of 100% Design, the largest interiors & design showcase in the UK.

Dyane Lanez set up her company, Tout Petit, creating luxury children’s wear and nursery accessories after being unable to find good quality baby blankets in bold and fun colours for her young daughters. She returned to her hometown of Paisley following a 10 year career in fashion production for high-end streetwear brands including VANS, Maharishi and Urban Outfitters and fashion trends forecasting. Her range uses only the softest 100% merino wool yarn.

It’s the first major show for several of our InCube businesses – please come along and say Hello to Tout Petit, Art with Heart – Designer Framed Prints, Misty Concepts & Karen Hanvidge Ceramics – all at stand E90. Check out the fabulous hand-drawn designs of KCD Jewellery & Homewares at stand A89. See you there!


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InCube is Invest in Renfrewshire’s new business programme to launch and grow creative businesses. As many as 20 young businesses will win an InCube place every year. They’ll get a package of support that’s worth more than £11,000 and includes funding and support from Renfrewshire's leading business people.


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