October is over and The Big Banner has been put to rest… almost a year in the planning, several months in the preparing, 5 weeks of running, several hundreds participants and 11 banners hanging in The Lighthouse for another week. I have to admit the result of a small idea went beyond all expectations. It was a great project to run.
Inspiration can be found many places and a great idea can emerge out of research or previous work but it is all about partnership. Partnership with local individuals and local businesses who will help you with sponsorship in goods and services as well as with support through the networks.
By accepting to support you and your project they give your project a bigger dimension, more visibility, a more serious basis, a better support to lean on. They are the first ones telling you “this is worth working on…”
For the Big Banner Project with early planning I found I had time to approach a few companies… and get their more than welcome support. They were generous with their time and their “cash” ! They made my project better, more inclusif, more worth while… and for that I have to thank them…
Mandors the fabric store has been on the Glasgow scene for many decades ! supplying all the dress makers, students, interior designers lovely fabrics and more… buttons, threads, cushions… It is a family business and the staff even sounds like they are part of the family. They provide The Big Banner with some of their lovely Linen.
Hobs Reprographics Glasgow is the local branch of the business by the same name… that branch has enlarged many of my stencils and the staff are always very curious to see what creative thing I achieve with some enlarged design… So very different work than their other clients. I would have to thank them for the large banners they have enlarged for me and the beautiful colour plastic hangings.
Cassart Glasgow a large art material supplier was taken with The Big Rose project in 2016 and they jumped on the band wagon when I described to their The Big Banner. And for us … what joy than working with great quality acrylic paints and proper brushes. Thanks to them… over 700 people have used their paint to learn to stencil. But at the end of the day large company or not it was the local manager who agreed to the sponsorship.
I have to thank business and individuals for their great support and for making The Big Banner much bigger and better adventure.
Make sure you use their businesses when you have a need…. by thriving locally they will make sure to continue sponsor good projects in the future…
Very best wishes.