Who Are We?
The Bokone Bophirima Craft and Design Institute (BBCDI) was set up in 2009 to promote and grow craft and design as an economic sector in the North West Province of South Africa. A Non Profit Company, the BBCDI, followed the engagement by the Department of Trade & Industry Creative Industries Sector Desk, a process of developing a Trade and Enterprise Development Strategy for the craft sector. A Customised Sector Programme (CSP) for Craft was completed in July 2005 and has since been used as the conceptual framework for the implementation of the craft programmes and activities both nationally and provincially. The Department of Trade & Industry (the DTI) approved the CSP in February 2007 where the Integrated Craft Hubs were identified as the key action programme pivotal to the success of the strategy. The CSP and more particularly the implementation of the Craft Hubs have since been incorporated into the National Industrial Policy Framework and its Action Plan. The BBCDI is therefore a hub, established in line with the National Craft Sector Programme, Craft Hub Blueprint and the Industrial Policy Action Plan as approved by parliament in 2007.
To establish, grow and promote the Craft and Design Sector in the North West, as a unique and viable economic Industry.
To become the best practicing Institute that coordinates and develops people to build profitable Enterprises, with marketable products for global Markets in an enabling environment.
Who Are We?
What Do We Do?
The BBCDI has three (3) programs that support the craft producers and network all relevant role players in the craft product value chain. This includes craft retailers, marketing agents, exporting agents, raw-material producers, service providers such as designers, product developers, skills trainers, business developers, practitioners and mentors. Government and other funders form a vital part of this effort to build relationships across the sector.
How Do We Do That?
1. Enterprise Development And Training Programme
- An analysis of your business to highlight your strength, and point out the next steps to grow your business.
- Export Marketing and Incentive scheme (EMIA) compliance support and referral system.
- Workshops and short courses to develop business skills management, product pricing and costing, and marketing.
- Mentoring and counselling for craft enterprises.
2. Creativity, Design And Innovation Programme
- Product support where crafters can discuss their product, how to improve it and how to target the appropriate market.
- Workshops and other programmes to develop creativity, design and innovation, as well as workshops to develop product for a specific niche market such as corporate gifts, homeware and décor, fashion accessories etc.
- One-on-one creativity and design interventions aiming to improve the crat producer’s product quality and creative skills.
3. Market Access Programme
- Assist the crafters to define their targeted niche market and access it, such as homeware décor, gifts and memorabilia, craft-arts, corporate gifts, etc.
- Link crafters to local craft markets, retail outlets and gallery shops.
- Showcase crafters works in different consumer and trade shows local, national and internationally.
- Handmade Wholesale service which seeks to find new markets such as corporate, event buyers, hospitality and tourism industry and provide a wholesale order facilitation service and 3 support programmes.