Browse the wonderful gifts on offer in our artisan avenue. All are crafted here in the North West and perfect for a special someone or an indulgent treat for yourself. Each of our talented artisans has a story to share so do make sure to chat whilst you browse.

Here are the artisans who will be joining us in 2016.

Keep checking back to see the list grow – we’re not giving away any details so that you will have the pleasure of discovering their talents yourself!

  • Aura Jewellery Design
  • Belly Button Teddy Bears
  • Denise O’Sullivan Ceramics and Design
  • Deli Gorgeous
  • Her Art
  • Hopscotch
  • Joolzery
  • JoyOluBa
  • SDH Designs
  • Simply Cocoa
  • Violet Flamingo
  • Zuggys

If you’re a woman artisan and would like to be part of this zone do get in touch



As it has continued to be so popular with our delegates , this year we are again turning over most of our Make a Difference Zone to local charities and social enterprises to showcase the positive difference they make and how you can be part of this. Be inspired by a range of fascinating organisations all with a story to share.

We’re also delighted to welcome the Honours and Appointments Secretariat. Have you ever wondered how the Honours System works? Do you know a person who deserves an honour? The team is here to help!

  • Community Warehouse (Queen’s Hall Action on Poverty)
  • Girl Guides
  • #heyareyouok
  • Honours and Appointments Secretariat
  • Independent Choices
  • Marmalade Toast
  • Pop Up Spa
  • Prevent Breast Cancer
  • Sam’s Diamonds
  • UK Asbestos Register
  • UnLtd

If you’d like your charity or social enterprise to be part of this zone do get in touch



You can probably find the answer to any challenge or question in a book or on the internet. But that’s nowhere near as much fun or valuable as our hugely popular Living Library. Pop along, grab a cuppa, and ‘borrow’ a real live expert to answer your question, suggest solutions to your challenges, bounce thoughts off and even develop new exciting ideas – who knows what might happen?

We’re delighted to introduce our Living Library experts, all of whom are available to ‘borrow’ throughout the day. Many will also be running workshops. Please don’t be shy – simply pop in and join the discussion. Do make sure you plan time into your day to visit this zone!

The Centre for Enterprise bridges the gap between small firms and leading edge knowledge. We make the best academic research and thinking accessible to businesses; and specialise in hands on support to help companies and entrepreneurs grow and flourish.

We are well known for making research useful in practice: helping owner-managers to be better leaders and to overcome barriers to company growth. We have particular expertise in the fields of:

  • Women in business
  • Business learning
  • Sustainable business
  • Social enterprise
  • Innovation

Talk to us about help, (including fully funded programmes), to grow your business, develop yourself and develop your people.

Introducing our experts

claire-pattison Claire Pattison

Claire is an Enterprise Fellow who works across a series of programmes to support leadership, business growth, and entrepreneurship.

Claire has extensive teaching and learning, business support, project delivery, and higher education experience.

She is the Project Manager of the ERDF Greater Manchester High Growth Network Programme. This fully-funded business growth programme is for companies with high growth potential,. Claire facilitates and delivers many of the session as well as managing the programme.

Claire is also the Programme Director for the highly acclaimed Managers2Leaders courses which she manages and teaches. She has developed and successfully launched the new M2L Sales and M2L Digital Marketing courses.

Prior to this, Claire project managed the award-winning £2.5M ERDF Knowledge Action Network project across the North West (which worked with 214 small companies, supporting these firms to create 71 and safeguard 61 jobs), and the European multi-partner Leonardo da Vinci Transfer of Innovation project.

Claire graduated from Newcastle University in 2002 with a BA (Hons) in Politics, and gained her Post Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice in 2014.Claire is currently undertaking a PhD in gender, entrepreneurial learning and leadership.

Helping entrepreneurs achieve their ambitions is at the very heart of NatWest’s business proposition and we are committed to supporting enterprise through a range of services including  our partnership with Entrepreneurial Spark and the bank’s Women  in Business Ambassadors. Encouraging entrepreneurship is important for the recovery and growth of the UK economy and women have an important role to play.
Entrepreneurial Spark is the world’s largest free business accelerator for start-up and scale up businesses and has provided free support, mentoring, and networking for over 650 businesses in 13 hubs, (known as Hatcheries), across the UK. Run alongside partners NatWest, KPMG and EMC, the programme aims to inspire and enable positive social change through the action of Entreprenuering. NatWest provides office space for the Hatcheries as well as in-house support and advise to the entrepreneurs, (known as Chiclets), taking part in the programme.
Established in 2007, NatWest’s team of Women In Business Ambassadors was created to support women as they start up and grow their businesses. The original team of 12 Ambassadors has grown to more than 200, helping around 100,000 female customers nationally. NatWest has introduced teams of Specialist Women in Business relationship managers who are undergoing a formal accreditation programme with Everywoman. NatWest is proud to support female entrepreneurship and to grow a vibrant SME market with supporting events, networking opportunities and awards.

Everyone deserves the opportunity to succeed and every business the opportunity to thrive. From getting your first job to making your first million, every person and every business has an ambition.

Our role is quite simply to help give everyone the opportunity to realise theirs. Together we’ll use our skills and services to make it happen. We’re here to do everything we can to nurture the growth of people, businesses and the region. We’ll inspire them, motivate them and energise them. We’ll develop their skills and confidence to unlock their full potential. Because, by doing so, we’ll accelerate Cheshire East’s economic prosperity.