Made by Make: The Good Business Festival

The Good Business Festival

This March, we collaborated with The Good Business Festival on not one, not two but FOUR exciting Made by Make projects, all in aid of the festival’s three-day event, which took place from 22nd – 24th March in Liverpool City Centre.
The Good Business Festival aims to provoke debate and drive conversations around how we can all do business better and more responsibly. Showcasing how both global brands, as well as homegrown businesses are leading the way. Spread over multiple venues there is a host of speakers leading knowledge sessions and workshops, plus the opportunity to network with like-minded businesses, enabling us to unite together with one common goal and ensure your company is future proofed.
We were asked by the Good Business Festival to create a number of pieces to be displayed at the events. From planters to big letters, to the parklet! Find out a bit about them below.


If you made it to the festival, you would have seen (and maybe even taken a selfie with) the bright yellow and blue GOOD signs designed and Fabricated by Tor Design and Fabrication based in Birkenhead, Wirral. Standing at just over 3 foot tall and 6 foot long, the letters were a sight to behold as you entered the festival.


The next project was to build planters that were to be filled with lots of greenery, decorated with The Good Business Festival logo. The planters were modelled off our in-house designed planters in our Make Hamilton and North Docks outdoor areas. The pieces were then built onsite in our workshop at Make North Docks by woodworker and upholsterer Chris Wilson. Rosie Ashton, Head of Programme at Make, (and plant knowledge pro), lined, filled and planted the greenery in the plants.

The Good Business Festival signs that you will have seen on the side of the planters were made from marine plywood by Jaime Mora of Mulberry Workshop, based at Make North Docks. Jaime also worked on the smaller triad planters that dressed the venues during the event. The triangular planters were a big hit at the festival. Made at his studio at Make, filled with ferns and foliage, and branded with The Good Business Festival logo. The twenty planters were made with 720 cuts on the mitre saw and 180 joints glued and nailed.


Another project for the festival was the Parklet, based on a concept from the sPark It, a project by Transition Liverpool. sPark It celebrates imagination, fosters collaboration, and starts a conversation about what we want from our urban landscape. The Parklet’s aim to bring a touch of nature to pedestrian areas, using pop-up parks in parking spaces across the city. The first step was to showcase the Parklet at the festival.

The design for the Parklets was by Liverpool based ⨍(n) Architects. They were built by Tommy Delcher, founder of dock DESIGN and Make North Docks, and woodworker George Ashton, in our production space and workshop at Make North Docks. The fabric was printed with The Good Business Festival logo by Express Signs Liverpool, and attached to the structure by Nicola Huston of Swings and Loungeabouts.

In collaboration with Transition Liverpool, there are plans later this year to further develop the Parklet design. With hopes for them to be placed in pedestrian areas around Liverpool as part of Hope Street Food Festival. Find out more about sPark It here.
The pieces were going to be featured across multiple venues over the festival’s three days. So the next task was to get each piece from A to B. We did this with the help of Nicole Konigs Balfry and the incredible team from Zest Event Management.

Special thanks to Roz Lloyd and Phillipa Nolan.

A bit about Made by Make:

Made by Make is just one of the services offered by Make CIC. Using our plethora of skilled artisans from the Make CIC and local community, we make high quality, unique work, whilst working with a hyper-local workforce. We use sustainable construction practices and materials. Working with wood on most if not all of our projects, and reclaimed wood where possible. We experiment, make, mend and manufacture, collaborating skills, trying, testing and tweaking.  When Make CIC creates work, profits are reinvested to support the artists & makers of the Liverpool City Region. Our commissions allow us to provide work for the makers within Make’s community. This includes our residents and the local areas in which we work, helping them further develop their businesses and crafts. Some of Make’s past clients include Everton Free School, FINSA, National Museums Liverpool, The Reader, dot-art, Alder Hey, ARUP.

Want to see more of our Made by Make Work? Check them out here!

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