Here are the latest news and blog posts for Creative Shropshire Events.
Date: 15th & 16th October 2014
Creative Enterprise are running a free two day workshop in Shrewsbury next week, for creative individuals based in the West Midlands who are planning to set up, or are in the early stages of running, a creative enterprise. The course covers a range of key topics including business practicalities, identifying a customer base and marketing.
Creative Enterprise is a European Regional Development Fund project offering free business support for existing businesses, and individuals/companies who are looking to start up creative businesses*. The support is free, subject to recipients living or have a business premises based in the West Midlands.
Creative Enterprise deliver creative sector specific workshops, seminars, 1-2-1 business advice, mentoring, networking opportunities and general support, according to individual needs.
For further information, and to view current opportunities, please visit their website www.creativeenterprise.org
* existing business are those that are registered with HMRC even if not actively trading, and start ups apply to those who are looking begin trading, prior to registering with HMRC
Date: Wednesday 24th September
Time: from 1.30pm until 4.30pm
Venue: The Rural Media Company, Sullivan House, 72-80 Widemarsh Street, Hereford, HR4 9HG
In this free half day session you will learn the importance of relationship building and its role in negotiation and closing deals.
Led by the team at Creative Shift, Helga Henry will guide you in a process of how to move from a business contact into a fruitful relationship.
If you find it difficult to pin down the details and close the deal then this session is for you!
The cost of this course is fully subsidised by European funding and as such there is no course fee payable for participants. Please note that due to this nature of the funding any non West Midlands based individuals or organisations are ineligible to attend.
A date has been set for the 2014 Creative Shropshire Annual General Meeting. It will take place on Tuesday 9th September at Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery in the old Music Hall. Located in the Square in the centre of Shrewsbury. It will start at 4pm.
Take the opportunity to expand your network and make your mark on the future of creative business in Shropshire.
Anyone within the Shropshire Creative Community is welcome. Please keep in mind however, that the group has a focus on commercial creativity rather than the arts (which is covered by many other groups). Further information will follow.
Thursday 12th June 2014 from 12:00 to 17:00 (BST)
Businesses in the creative and digital sectors are being invited to a special event that aims to increase the strength of this sector in our region by encouraging businesses to work closeley together for their own benefit.
Organised by Shropshire Council, Telford & Wrekin and the Shropshire Business Board's Creative sector champion Shaun Carvill, the event is particularly aimed at new and existing web design companies, software developers, graphic designers, web and print marketing companies, film businesses, as well as graduates/undergraduates interested in starting a business in these areas.
The format of the day will be made up of a series of short talks from expert guest speakers, followed by round table discussions.
Key note speakers are:
Aaron McGrath - European SMB Advertising Lead. Bing
Paul Noon OBE - Regional Director. UKTI.
West Midlands Refreshments will be provided. Please note that you must be based in Shropshire or Telford & Wrekin and in the targeted business areas in order to qualify for this free event.
Graduate Advantage are offering bursaries* of up to £900 to SME’s who are looking to employ graduates or postgraduate students within the West Midlands.
It doesn’t stop there; we will also support you with a FREE front-end graduate recruitment service to help you get the right candidate that best matches your organisational needs.
We can provide you with paid graduate interns to meet your business needs. Interns are ideal for business – graduates are ambitious, bright, and motivated to work hard because they want to start on the career ladder.
The bursary offer is available on a first come first served basis. Call us today on 0121 204 4767, or email email@example.com to find out more on how this scheme could benefit you. For full terms and conditions, please visit www.graduateadvantage.co.uk/employers
P.S. If you have recently hired a graduate you can still access a cash bursary, so get in touch with us to find out how you can claim now!
Printed fabric mounted in frames, is a fantastic method for creating seamless graphics in both freestanding and wall mounted spaces.
Faber Technology Ltd, a polymer injection moulding company based in Newtown Powys, had booked a 16m x 5m L-shaped space at the Tackle and Gun Show held at Stoneleigh each October. Faber Technology had some eye-catching designs, which enabled Kyoti Graphics to install fabulous fabric graphics using freestanding, tension fabric, backwall displays.
The displays are simple to assemble using one tool. The graphics can be produced at widths up to 3m and lengths up to 50m. But larger sizes can also be produced using an almost invisible seam. The graphics are simple to fit and remove, and can be rolled or folded for convenient transportation and storage.
In addition to exhibition spaces, tension fabric displays are also great for wall mounted displays, freestanding flat or curved displays, and can incorporate LED light boxes and accessories such as literature holders and poseur tables.
Contact Kyoti Graphics or call 0800 046 9899 to learn more about how you can include some fabulous fabric graphics in your next exhibition, showroom, reception or internal display.
The Technology Strategy Board will be running briefing events across the UK jointly promoting two new collaborative research & development funding competitions worth £17.5M in total for the digital and creative industries opening in September 2013:
Cross-platform Production Tools - Collaborative R&D Funding and Feasibility Studies - £15M
£15 million in projects intended to stimulate innovation in digital media production tools and systems.
Frictionless Commerce - Collaborative R&D Funding - £2.5M
£2.5 million of investment in projects that lead to creation of digital transactional environments for the creative industries and beyond.
Register your place today to find out more information and how to apply for these funding competitions.
The Birmingham event takes place on 15th October. You can register here: https://connect.innovateuk.org/web/creativektn/creative-industries-funding-programme-2013-14
Creative England's Business Investment Fund was set up last year to support the growth strategies of ambitious, non-London-based, creative companies in England that plan to grow through the development and commercialisation of innovative content and cross-platform applications.
The second round of the scheme has now been launched. The main target for investment for 'Business Investment Fund 2' will be companies that plan to exploit commercial opportunities in one or more of these areas:
- Cross Platform TV development
- feature film production
- Government Services
- Games, Interactive Entertainment and Mobile Content
- Business To Business
- Mobile applications
There is a total of £1 million available for 2013/14, to be allocated as interest-free loans of between £60,000 and £100,000 per application. The loans can account for up to 70% of the total development budget for the project with the remaining 30% to be secured by the applicant. This 30% must be in cash and not in-kind.
Investments are intended to assist companies with the development of linear and non-linear and interactive media content that has a clear route to market and the potential to generate significant value for the company in terms of subsequent production investment and IP exploitation.
Eligible costs include:
- Labour Costs: The cost of key staff employed on a full or part time basis by the company.
- External specialist costs: consultants working on part of the project to carry out tasks; including fees and expenses for researchers/consultants, scriptwriters, production managers and other freelance specialists.
- Capital equipment and materials costs where these assets are used solely for the project.
- Other costs: production costs not covered above and associated with screen tests, taster tapes and pilots and licensing of new technology.
Applications are invited from creative small to medium-sized companies (SMEs) in England that are based outside of London. In line with the Regional Growth Fund objective, priority will be given to companies based in the North, West Midlands and South West regions.
The deadline for Expressions of Interest for this round of funding is 21 August 2013. Full applications must then be submitted by 4 October 2013.
Shrewsbury Ecommerce Business and Web Agency Sticky Lizard are looking for an in-house web/graphic designer to join their team. They will be producing work for eCommerce sites and also print media. Salary negotiable. The details can be found here:
We will be re-introducing the Creative Shropshire networking events this month with the first event having a photography focus. All creatives are welcome and there is no charge.
Whether you are a photographer yourself or you use photography within your business this is a great opportunity to network with others within the industry.
The event will take place at Cafe Frank, Shrewsbury SY3 8LG from 6pm on Thursday 23rd August 2012. See you there.