The aim of these awards, convened by the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism through EOI and its Fundesarte chair, is to promote artisanal activity and encourage its competitiveness and level of innovation
Acting Minister Reyes Maroto will preside over the delivery ceremony on December 4
The twelfth edition of the National Handicraft Awards has received 90 applications that will compete for the highest award in the 4 categories of the contest.
After the study of each of the proposals, the selection committee composed of experts from the artisan sector and representatives of the autonomous communities and the ministry itself has selected the 16 projects that become finalists of the contest.
The initiatives presented cover various sectors, with special representation of ceramics, leather and leather, wood and jewelry and jewelry.
Murcia has a representative who will compete for one of the awards: Joaquín Plana Belmonte aspires to the Entrepreneurship Award for his Tictactoys brand, under which he creates educational toys made with natural raw materials.
This year, the awards ceremony will be held on December 4 and will be chaired by the acting Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, Reyes Maroto.
The National Handicraft Awards are convened annually by this Ministry through the School of Industrial Organization (EOI) and its handicraft promotion chair, Fundesarte.
Its objective is to contribute to the development and competitiveness of SMEs in the artisan sector, as well as to encourage innovation, design and their capacity to adapt to the market.
The awards consist of four categories.
- National Handicraft Award for a consolidated work as a whole.
- Product Award for the best product or collection of the last two years.
- Entrepreneurial Prize to the entrepreneur or company highlighted by the introduction of new concepts in the sector.
- Prize Promote in a double way: public entities and private entities that contribute in an outstanding way to the promotion of handicrafts.
The Murcia finalist
Joaquín Plana Belmonte chooses the Entrepreneurship Award with its Tictactoys brand, a workshop and shop of artisan pedagogical toys made with natural fibers.
With a renewed, modern proposal, based on specific educational and pedagogical principles, Tictactoys explores new paths for crafts and opens a space in a niche market.
In his workshop Joaquín Plana studies the traditional uses of wool, innovating and developing new facets and techniques, respecting the environment.
Their toys are bought from various countries of the world such as the United States or Australia.
Compete for the Entrepreneurship Award, which recognizes the entrepreneur or company highlighted by the introduction of new concepts in the sector, with: Galician Cristina Velasco Mora with her signature Anaquiños de Papel and the Catalan brand Aldanondo y Fdez SL
A solid sector that represents 2.4% of industrial GDP
The importance of handicrafts lies not only in their incalculable cultural and artistic value.
It is also a consolidated sector of the Spanish economy, which represents around 2.4% of industrial GDP and 0.4% of total GDP, according to the study 'Situation of handicrafts in Spain.
Competitiveness report and main economic variables'.
This report, from the School of Industrial Organization (EOI) and its handicraft promotion area, Fundesarte, also concludes that the competitiveness of the Spanish artisan sector has increased despite the decrease in the number of companies and jobs caused by the crisis.
Source: Agencias / Foto: archivo Totana.com