Show Winners & Sponsors

Great Northern Events would like to thank their generous Headline and Prize Sponsors

Headline Sponsor: Allied London and Old Granada Studios

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Old Granada Studios is a magnificent and versatile  events and exhibition space in the studios of Manchester's iconic Granada TV building. The space is managed by Allied London.

Exhibitor Awards

Best Selected Maker in Show sponsored by Great Northern Events

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Best Selected Maker in Show, sponsored by Great Northern Events.

Great Northern Events, the not for profit organisation that delivers the GNCCF, is pleased to offer a complimentary stand at GNCCF 2017 to the maker awarded Best Selected Maker in Show.

Awarded to jeweller Leoma Drew.LEOMA DREW WITH CERTIFICATE 2


Most Promising Craft Business, sponsored by The Design Trust

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The Design Trust is an online business school for designers and makers, providing practical, expert online workshops, courses and membership to ambitious creative professionals around the world. We give you creative business knowledge and skills, and the inspiration and confidence to get into action too.

The Design Trust is proud to select and give an award for the ‘Most Promising Craft Business’ at GNCCF for the first time. The winner will be a craft business in the first 3 years of setting up, and will be selected on the basis of their collection, display and future business plans, showing that unique combination of creativity, innovation, commercial awareness and entrepreneurial spirit.


They are kindly donating a £500 on line training voucher for the prize winner.

Awarded to Jane Crisp, basket-maker


Best Manchester-Maker, sponsored by Godfrey Holland Accountants:

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Godfrey Holland provide accountancy, taxation and general business advice to small and medium sized enterprises, and enjoy working with creative businesses. They are proud to have supported the GNCCF for over 8 years and, of course, past winners of this award.

They are kindly donating £300 worth of accountancy services to their prize winner.

Awarded to Joshua Hil lJOSHUA TILL


Best New Business Award, sponsored by

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madebyhandonline is a website selling, supporting and championing British Contemporary Craft. "We share the GNCCF's ethos and passion for promoting high quality British makers, and we also really value its focus on supporting new talent. We're very proud to be sponsoring the Best New Business Award again this year and wish everyone a prosperous event."

madebyhandonline are kindly donating a prize of an annual membership with an online shop, full merchant services, marketing and business support.



Best Ceramicist Award sponsored by Potclays

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Potclays are delighted to once again support GNCCF in 2016. We’re a fourth generation family owned and managed ceramic supplies company, manufacturing a vast range of clays since 1932. We’re committed to promoting ceramics in Education and supporting the ceramics community as a whole.

Potclays are kindly sponsoring  the Best Ceramicist prize - a £100 voucher.



Showcase Award, sponsored by craft&design


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craft&design magazine is delighted to sponsor a prize at the Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair and support the fine craft and design that the event and its exhibitors are renowned for.  Whatever your interest in crafts, craft&design has pretty much got it covered! Find out more about us at

craft&design are kindly offering an editorial feature to their prize winner in 2017.

Awarded to Blott Works BLOTT WORKS 1


Showcase Award, sponsored by Bluecoat Display Centre

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The Bluecoat Display Centre is an independent contemporary craft gallery based in Liverpool. Established over 50 years ago it is recognised nationally and internationally as one of the UK’s leading galleries specialising in contemporary applied arts. They are kindly donating a prize to a selected maker for a solo exhibition for their "Craft in the Window."



Showcase Award, sponsored by The Craft Shop, Royal Exchange

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Established for over 30 years in the Royal Exchange Theatre, the Craft Shop sells work from leading designer-makers from across the UK and offers a regular programme of changing exhibitions. They are kindly donating a prize to a selected maker for a solo exhibition.

Awarded to BonnerLeather Studios BONNER LEATHER SURPRISE


 Showcase Award, sponsored by Ruthin Craft Centre

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Ruthin Craft Centre is The Centre for the Applied Arts in Wales, with three galleries showing the best in national and international contemporary applied art, on-site makers studios, café and retail gallery - it is one of the most respected contemporary craft galleries in the UK.