Privacy Policy

This website is owned and operated by the North West Craft Network.

Privacy statement

The North West Craft Network is funded and administratively supported by Manchester Craft and Design Centre, comprising of ‘MCAD Enterprises Ltd’ (Company no. 10143710) and ‘Manchester Craft & Design’ (Registered charity no. 1173366). It is committed to handling and storing personal information in compliance with the terms of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). This applies whether the information is obtained directly from individuals through the North West Craft Network website by completing web forms or by other means such as phone calls, e-mail, printed forms, or in person. It also applies to information obtained from publicly available sources.

In all instances the North West Craft Network is the data controller.

Whose information do we collect?

We collect personal information about the following categories of people:

  • Subscribers to the mailing people
  • Members of the North West Craft Network
  • Enquirers
  • Media and press
  • Other stakeholders

How do we collect the information?

Information is collected under the following circumstances:

  • Subscribing to the North West Craft Network mailing list or other marketing communications
  • By joining the North West Craft Network as a member
  • Through personal contact with a the NW Craft Network coordinator or a member of the the NW Craft Network
  • From publicly available sources

When you sign up the the mailing list of the North West Craft Network you will be offered the opportunity to opt-out every time we communicate with you. When you joing the North West Craft Network as a member, you can opt out at any time by emailing

Under the terms of the GDPR the lawful bases for processing personal information are:

  • we need it to pursue our legitimate interests including by communicating with current and potential members and supporters, and/or…..
  • you have given your consent for us to do so.

How long do we hold the information?

Information is retained for as long as necessary for the purpose for which it is required.

Statistical data

We automatically collect statistical data about usage patterns on our website. This information is not used to identify any individual. It is only collected to provide us with an understanding of the areas of interest on our site and kept only for as long as required for this purpose.

Use of cookies

The North West Craft Network uses cookies on this site in order to collect data to help it improve its information delivery. A cookie is a small file which asks permission to be placed on your computer’s hard drive.  Once you agree, the file is added and the cookie helps analyse web traffic or lets you know when you visit a particular site. Cookies allow web applications to respond to you as an individual. The web application can tailor its operations to your needs, likes and dislikes by gathering and remembering information about your preferences.

We use traffic log cookies to identify which pages are being used. This helps us analyse data about web page traffic and improve our website in order to tailor it to customer needs. We only use this information for statistical analysis purposes and then the data is removed from the system. Overall, cookies help us provide you with a better website, by enabling us to monitor which pages you find useful and which you do not. A cookie in no way gives us access to your computer or any information about you, other than the data you choose to share with us.

You can choose to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. This may prevent you from taking full advantage of the website.

Marketing Permissions for people who sign up to our mailing list

Please note: this is different to joining the North West Craft Network as a member – see below for details about this.

The North West Craft Network will use the information you provide on the sign up form to get in touch with you and to provide updates, news and opportunities that we think will be of interest to you.

You can change your mind at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link in the footer of any email you receive from us, or by contacting us at

We will treat your information with respect, as detailed here in this Privacy Policy. When you sign up, you agree that we may process your information in accordance with these terms.

We use Mailchimp as our marketing platform. By clicking below to subscribe, you acknowledge that your information will be transferred to Mailchimp for processing. Learn more about Mailchimp’s privacy practices here.

Permissions for people who join the North West Craft Network as a member

If you agree to join the North West Craft Network as a member (this is different to signing up to the mailing list), you acknowledge that your information may be shared with other Network members in the course of our communications.

Our website contains links to other external websites. The North West Craft Network is not responsible for the accessibility or content of non North West Craft Network owned sites.

Changes to this privacy policy

If this privacy policy changes in any way, we will place an updated version on this page.

Who to contact about the policy

Our contact for Data Protection and Freedom of Information matters is:

Data Controller / North West Craft Network Coordinator, c/o Manchester Craft and Design Centre, 17 Oak Street, Northern Quarter, Manchester, M4 5JD.


Requests to access data collected by this web site may also be made to the Data Controller / North West Craft Network Coordinator


If you are dissatisfied after raising an issue about this policy and / or a request to access personal information collected from you on this site, you may contact:

Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF Tel.: 0303 123 1113