"We’ve got a little bit of everything"

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Q. Tell us who you are and what you do.

We are Makers Isle of Man Limited and we’re behind the platform for independent Manx Makers. It’s the only online marketplace for handcrafted, small-batch & reworked vintage products made exclusively in the Isle of Man. We present the products of independent Manx creative businesses to potential customers and facilitate the sales transaction. Shopping on Makers.im works the same as anywhere else online, however you’re buying directly from independent Manx sellers.

Q. What was the reason behind starting Makers.im?

It didn’t previously exist. We felt there was a real need to offer our local talented artisans an online selling facility.  For buyers, it provides a one-stop shop to see what’s right on our doorstep. There are so many talented people here and a lot go unseen by the general public and certainly further afield. We're trying to help them reach out further than just Craft fairs and provide another avenue for selling their products and establishing their small businesses.

Q. Tells us about the values behind the project?

Encouraging the hobbyist and the dabbler to mix with the full time local artisans on one local platform. Our site is open to everyone to open to list their products. Promoting and giving independent makers and creators of anything the opportunity to sell their creations – artists, bakers, jewellers, potters, knitters, sewers, carpenters, designers, the list is limitless.

Q. What kinds of things will we see on the site?

We’ve got a little bit of everything at the moment - new Makers and products are being added all the time. Given the time of year, there are currently lots of Christmas gifts and stocking fillers, all the way through to a wooden coffee table recycled from a tree that fell near Tynwald Hill. You can’t get more Manx than that!

Q. How does this differentiate from any other online marketplace?

It’s purely for Manx Makers. Our sellers’ products have to be made or designed in the Isle of Man. Each seller also gets their own Makers URL for advertising and that takes people directly to their own storefront e.g. http://blackberrybunny.makers.im/ or https://lulas.makers.im

Q. What would you say is the biggest draw for local artisans using this site?

Price and exclusivity. Other than payment processing charges, we’ve guaranteed that there will be no additional charges to sellers until at least April 2020 whilst we gauge running costs and growth. We're not in this to make money and we don’t have a selection committee – no one will judge your artwork or your craftwork. We’re self-funded so we can guarantee no bias.

Q. What are your longterm plans with this project?

To showcase the unique, quirky and brilliant things the talented people here on our island are making.

Q. Where can we find you and stay up to date?

At www.makers.im and via all the usual social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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The Department of Education, Sport and Culture
Rheynn Ynsee, Spoyrt as Cultoor
Isle of Man Government
Reiltys Ellan Vannin
Isle of man Government