Launch of New Website: Craft-e, the Online Market Place for Handmade Crafts

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A brand new internet trading site built especially for UK Design Makers and Applied Artists

A view of the Home Page of showing an engraved hand made photo frame - one of the many items for sale on the website.

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January, 2010 sees the launch of a brand new internet trading site built especially for Design Makers and Applied Artists., the idea of IT consultant and amateur crafter Roberta Kershaw, seeks to assist and promote the work of the UK’s Art and Design movement through reasonably priced and simple to use e-commerce facilities.

Many Design Makers and Applied Artists do not always have their own website (or even if they do, they often use their own names as trading names, which limits their ‘find-ability’ on Google and other search engines). It is quite expensive to set up and maintain and e-commerce website and often not the main interest of the Artisan. So to make their lives easier and to offer internet trading though an ‘Internet Department Store’, Craft-e is available to all Design Makers and Applied Artists who make their own products and would like nationwide publicity and to trade on the internet.

John Moyce of Osprey Marketing (the web developers building and maintaining the craft-e website) said: “The concept of the shop was different from the usual e-commerce websites we build in that unlike when a single owner uploads the products, we had to design the site so that each individual crafter has access and control of putting their products on the website and managing them.

The website is evolving daily with a wide variety of crafts being offered and after the initial teething problems sorted the majority of crafters report the site easy to use. There is extensive development potential built into the website capable of handling many thousands of products.”

We are now recruiting partners to promote the site both to suppliers and for sales, information on how to become involved can be found on craft-e under the recruitment banner.

Buyers who wish to find that discerning and unusual gift will find craft-e an invaluable source for unique and remarkable items hand-made using traditional skills by Artisans in the UK. There are no imported or mass-produced products on the site.

There is a wide range of products on offer from Accessories to Wrought Iron, so if you know of someone who is interested in advertising their locally made stock to a wider audience then they could do well in considering an internet outlet that already exists, is relatively simple to use and at a reasonable price.

If you are looking for a new part-time role then perhaps you would like to become a Craft-e Ambassador, someone who is perhaps already a crafter themselves and could recruit new crafters to join the network.


Roberta Kershaw is the Managing Director of kism-it Ltd. kism-it Ltd was registered in 2008 and offers IT and Consultancy Business Solutions to SMEs in the South West of England.

Roberta Kershaw MCIM MBCS AIIB Managing Director
kism-it Ltd
07827 745436


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