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This year has been quite challenging but despite this, we’ve still continued to support people to achieve their career-based goals, including a number of GEM participants who have set up their own self-employed business.

To celebrate this, on Wednesday 2nd December at 11.30am several of our brilliant GEMs will take to the spotlight for our GEMonline Christmas Craft Fair to showcase their new businesses and wares; sharing their story behind why they made the decision to produce these products and detailing exactly what items are on offer.

Each item presented on our virtual fair will have been designed and handmade by our GEMs with a number of businesses choosing to use recycled materials to create their products.

Our GEM exhibitors will include:

  • Cufflinks – statement piece cufflinks made using repurposed materials
  • Japanese crafts – bespoke otaku crafts
  • Painted pebbles and slates
  • Decorations and Hair Accessories – made with upcycled materials
  • Art pieces
  • Jewellery pieces
  • GEM Christmas cards

Although you will be unable to purchase any items during the event itself, all details and relevant links will be provided for each seller on how to buy any of the products promoted. Many of our local businesses also offer bespoke items.

Not only will this event support the idea of shopping locally, it will help our former GEMs to promote their new businesses, whilst providing an online Christmas browsing experience for people to enjoy for free.

** Register for our GEM Christmas Craft Fair here or watch our event livestreamed on our GEM Facebook page **

We hope you enjoy the event and thank you for supporting our GEM participants with their new business venture.

Join us for our first ever GEMonline Christmas Craft Fair - supporting our GEMs new ventures whilst shopping local

by Nikki Davies