MEET | Jackie Crozier, Little Bird Made Curator

Updated: Aug 22, 2021

Jackie Crozier is the Founder, Director, and the creative force behind Little Bird Artisan Markets. Little Bird was set up in the Summer of 2018. When it comes to large- and small-scale events you can put your trust in Jackie. Working on large scale events for over 20 years including as Festival Director of Manchester Pride, a 45,000 LGBT ticketed event in Manchester City Centre; the London 2012 Olympics; British Transplant Games, organising events at Manchester United, Manchester City and working on numerous events such as Creamfields, Kendal Calling, Download Festival to V festival.

Jackie is passionate about shopping local and supporting small businesses and so whilst staying in her hometown of Ripon in North Yorkshire, she saw a gap in the market for a traditional artisan market.

Jackie says "I often get asked where I got the name Little Bird from. It’s simple . . . I wanted to create a creative, welcoming space for artisan traders to sell their goods in the hope that one day, their business will be doing so well that they get a shop, attend larger events, or take over the world. Little Birds eventually do have to fly the nest”

It’s been a tough year for Jackie as her mum passed away last July.

Jackie continues: “Losing my mum has been heart breaking. We battled for two and a half years together with constant hospital stays and hospital appointments. In the end we couldn’t beat the aftermath of us both having had COVID. I know my mum would be proud of what I have achieved in the last 12 months. She would be the first person I would pick the phone up to tell her I have got a new market. I know exactly which stalls she would be spending a fortune on and how she would love getting to know my traders.

Fast forward to August 2021 and Jackie has markets in Boroughbridge, Easingwold, Harrogate, Ripon, Tadcaster, Pateley Bridge, and Wetherby. Jackie puts her traders, customers, and the communities at the heart of everything she does. It’s about getting good quality artisans and giving them the best footfall she can while encouraging people to come out and shop local. In return she expects traders to pay on time, turn up on time, turn up with a big smile and not to cancel if its raining. She keeps costs low for traders and wants to see the communities she trades in flourish.

And now she’s going further. Jackie wants to encourage the artisans of the future and has set up ‘Little, Little Bird’ which is an artisan market for 14- to 21-year-olds. Taking place at her regular artisan market in Harrogate and Wetherby in November, it’s a great opportunity for budding, young artisans to take part in a bustling market. And not only will they be part of the market; they will get 12 months mentorship from a seasoned Little Bird artisan trader. Jackie wants to build an environment where young entrepreneurs can thrive and learn the trade. There’s more to just turning up each month and selling.

So what’s the future for Little Bird Made and Jackie . . . . . . All I can say is 2022 is going to be huge!!

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