About us

Welcome to My Block

My Block is a curated online platform by the team at Belfast Design Week supporting, showcasing and championing the great independent businesses that exist in Northern Ireland. 

We want to bring you a centralised place to access a wide range of people, products and services - from hairdressers to cafes to designers and beyond. We want to make it easy to support local independents through our platform and for you to discover new businesses you’d never heard about before.

Alongside the businesses, we’ll be sharing “things to do” locally, guides to supporting different kinds of local businesses and much more beyond that too.

Businesses for businesses. 

We believe in collective power. With My Block we will provide a central platform to boost brand presence and discoverability for all the businesses involved. 

Meet The Team

Christine James


Christine is founder and CEO of Blick Shared Studios a network of social enterprise creative workspaces. Founder of Womenfolk a community for women designers and co-founder of Belfast Design Week and Small Town Big Dreams podcast for creative entrepreneurs.  Christine has a background in design and is passionate about supporting and championing creative entrepreneurs and small business owners. 

Karishma Kusurkar


Karishma is a multidisciplinary designer and independent business owner at Karishma's World. She has co-founded several design-led projects including Belfast Design Week, Small Town Big Dreams, and is a Co-Director of new co-operative VentureFolk. She is passionate about the potential of collaborative ventures and creating opportunities for people and businesses along the way.

Martin O'Donnell


Martin is a web developer passionate about creating great digital experiences for small businesses and startups. Martin’s worked in corporate, agency and startup environments building bespoke digital products used by people everyday.


With a special thanks to Rosy James, Dropdin, Impact PR, Simon Mills, Murphy & Bailey, American Madness, FRUIT Shop & Jenny Patterson as well all of those who spoke to us, shared their recommendations and gave us their support!

We are always looking for incredible people and partners. Get in touch!

My Block is supported by Innovate UK

Innovate UK drives productivity and economic growth by supporting businesses to develop and realise the potential of new ideas. 

“We connect businesses to the partners, customers and investors that can help  them turn ideas into commercially successful products and services and business growth.

We fund business and research collaborations to accelerate innovation and drive  business investment into R&D. Our support is available to businesses across all  economic sectors, value chains and UK regions.” 

Innovate UK is part of UK Research and Innovation. For more information visit 

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