asked Her Majesty's Government:
What further plans they have to support small and medium-sized enterprises through (a) the Crafts Council's Next Move graduate incubation scheme; (b) the development award scheme; and (c) the programme of support for regional curators to improve opportunities for the public to enjoy contemporary craft.[HL3569]
The Crafts Council, which is funded by Arts Council England, supports small and medium-sized enterprises through Next Move, the Crafts Council development award and a programme of support for regional curators.
Further plans to support small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) through these programmes are as follows:
the Crafts Council is piloting the Next Move programme in higher education institutions in Cardiff and Swansea to develop the programme as a national scheme;
the Crafts Council development award continues to support emerging craft makers and will run until 2008-09. It will be evaluated to assess its impact and effectiveness in 2007-08; and
the programme of support for regional curators was launched this year and is due to run until 2009-10, when it will be evaluated along with other Crafts Council schemes.