Cascading Innovation to the Craft, Artisan and Creative Sectors

the project.

What we do

CASCADE stands for Craft and Artisan Skills for Co-operative And Digital Enterprise and Innovation Gains, and has been co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.

The current Covid-19 pandemic is having a significant impact on creative, craft and artisan producers as they often rely on live events, craft fairs or local markets for sales; our project will foster innovation to help this sector build resilience.

our aims.



  • Enable micro entrepreneurs to support the growth of their businesses.
  • Develop innovations in manufacture design and business models
  • Enable micro entrepreneurs in the creative, craft and artisan sectors to share the intangible cultural heritage they carry with their wider communities.

Recent & Upcoming Events

Partner meeting Lodz

10 May, 2022 - 11 May, 2022

We are hoping to travel to Lodz, Poland, for our next partner meeting, to be hosted by University of Lodz, Faculty of Management. We [...]

In-person workshop Lancaster University Thursday 10th March

10 March, 2022 @ 13:00 (GMT) - 17:00 (GMT)

To solve big problems like climate change, waste, and pollution, we need to rethink how we design, make, and use the things we need, from the food we eat, gifts and goods we purchase, to the clothes we wear. Together, we can create a better future for business, society, and the natural world.

Online Workshop (UK) Tuesday 8th March 2022

8 March, 2022 @ 18:00 (GMT) - 21:00 (GMT)

CASCADE Design innovation Workshop in Sustainability and Closed Loop / Circular Production for Craft and Artisan Makers. The purpose of this workshop is to understand current practices of craft and artisan based organisations and producers with regards to production and procurement processes, specifically in the following areas: sourcing raw materials; preparing materials ready for production; production processes; energy uses; waste disposal.

Post-its and Ketso Workshop (England & Ireland)

1 January, 2022 @ 08:00 (GMT) - 17:00 (GMT)

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Training Resources

Our co-created training resources will be accessible, bite-sized, and easy to use. Co-created by our potential end-users.

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Taking part

The CASCADE research project is looking for people who will be able to take part in workshops, interviews and join an online Facebook community of practice (within a closed group), to explore how you build, manage and run your business. Our workshops aim to help you: gain knowledge and skills to support business growth, develop innovations in manufacture, design, and business model, and enable the sharing of cultural heritage.

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Contact us

We have project teams in a number of locations, including: Poland, Ireland, England, Bulgaria and Italy.