INDEPENDENT artisan businesses from across the North have been given a place of prominence from which to showcase their crafts.

After holding a small stall inside the Manchester Market Street Debenhams, Curated Makers have been invited to host their artisan market in the store's high street shop window.

A huge display has been set up, showcasing jewellery, gifts, artwork, homeware, dog treats and more produced by 42 northern artists, including several from Bury.

Curated Makers was established in 2017 by Prestwich entrepreneur Megan Jones to champion small independent businesses via pop-up shops, market stalls and creative workshop experiences.

For the past three weeks, the brand has been selling the works of 28 artists and makers from a pop-up on Debenhams’ homeware floor.

However, due to its popularity, the pop-up has now moved to a more prominent spot on the ground floor, in the store’s largest window display.

Ms Jones said: "It’s an honour to have been asked to extend our pop-up and showcase in one of Debenhams’ main windows on Market Street.

"All of our products are proudly handmade and locally crafted, ensuring that regional independent artists directly benefit from sales, this being the aim of Curated Makers.

"We are still looking for further opportunities of retail space in the run-up to Christmas and will be focusing on continual expansion in order to help champion more local businesses.

"It was only last year that Curated Makers started up on market stalls, and so to expand to Debenhams’ window is a massive testament to the quality and uniqueness of our curated, hand-crafted product selection. "It also shows how shoppers are wanting to support local, indie businesses."

Businesses represented include Prestwich-based Sketchbook Design, Ramsbottom-based One Mama One Shed, jewellery made from guitar strings from Bury-based brand String Effects, stationery and cards from ByNikomi, The Magpies Daughter, Jade Moninski, Chorlton-based brand Albie & Sebastian, Darwin & Grey, Mish Mish Paper Co and Christopher Walster.

The pop-up display will run until Wednesday, August 22, between 9am and 8pm Monday to Saturday and between 11am and 5pm on Sunday.