Made in Midlothian launches new Online Marketplace

Wednesday September 9th 2020


Written by Midlothian View Reporter, Luke Jackson

On Thursday 10th September, following a membership increase of over 200% in their Makers Market Facebook Group, Made in Midlothian (MiM) is launching a dedicated online marketplace featuring the work of Midlothian’s talented creatives.

Spearheaded by MiM Founding Director, and owner of local business Yellow Door Studio, Renae Bell, MiM had a clear goal of supporting local creative artists:

“As a local maker, I understand the challenges that people like me are facing and I am delighted that through Made In Midlothian we are able to provide support and guidance to others. I have been blown away by the sheer number of people who have registered from when we started recruiting for the site and cannot thank everyone that has been involved enough. Special thanks to Allen Elvin of Blue Rose Digital.”

When COVID-19 hit, MiM’s successful in-person community events had to be cancelled with no view of when they would be able to return. MiM moved its activities online, building on its Facebook market group that now includes a range of support for creative businesses, such as live support sessions and tutorials. Weekly shopping events are hosted on MiM’s virtual market group, showcasing local creatives each week and giving customers the opportunity to buy beautiful, unique and ethical products from local crafters. 

The environmental and financial benefits of this model is not lost on MiM Managing Director, Shondra Riley who says:

“Connecting customers with local creatives will help residents to reduce their carbon footprint. When customers spend on our website, they are supporting local businesses and the arts in Midlothian. It will have a positive impact on the environment and the local economy.”

With an objective of enabling local creatives to reach an even larger audience, MiM’s team, along with Blue Rose Digital, have been focussed on developing the online marketplace as an addition to their current website. It is designed to host listings for thousands of products and hundreds of vendors – while at the same time creating a hub for local artists and provide one point for shoppers to make purchases, support the local economy and support the arts.

To visit the MiM Marketplace CLICK HERE.

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