The global COVID-19 pandemic has created a very uncertain landscape for millions of British small businesses, which is going to make it very challenging for businesses to survive. Together we can help them.
Crowdfunder are offering up their platform to allow all UK small businesses to pre-sell their meals, events, hotel bookings etc. for cash now on a promise to redeem these at a later date.
Having struggled since March 2020 i'll have to re-write my business plan and start a new journey. I need to keep on going to reach communities and have purpose to my life. To overcome current hurdles I'm gonna convert the spare room into a studio & diversify into new areas by using technology / digital commerce which will enable me to utilise my work into products . In an attempt to re-skill I have signed up for a photographic course at the local college to improve my visual marketing presence. I used to work in schools and community settings but these opportunities have dried up . 'Ian's workshop was the best workshop we have done, there was so much feeling generated', Mike Tracy, West Derby School, Liverpool. Having helped hundreds of fellow poets/ artists over the years through my voluntary work at Colpitts Poetry in Durham and inspiring Scholars I need an injection of kindness & support. In future I will try to reach this audience via online. Currently working in my kitchen and occasionally using a friend's workshop I intend to use a proportion of the funds to create a new work environment / studio by converting the back bedroom (electricals-plug points, workbench, re-decorating, craft tool storage, desk) as well as updating old technology and establishing The Comeback Kid’s Poetry Club to serve my neighbourhood.
If I can raise a thousand pounds the local government enterprise agency (north east growth hub) will match fund to reach my target of £2000. I'm hoping this will give me a stronger platform to compete in a changed marketplace & generate income again.
to help you can ;
donate to my crowdfunder
pledge to one of the rewards i am offering
talk about this crowdfunder with friends, family, fellow artists, pets
share this crowdfunder on social media
many thanks & all good wishes, ian