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Seasonal nature of work

Do any other companies have a problem with fluctuations in workflow? We have a major catalogue project which begins in March each year then gathers momentum leading up to early December. It is difficult to plan staffing around this as other times of year can be quiet on the print side and we need different resources. I wonder whether there might be a way of sharing staff members between two or three companies or perhaps creating a pool of people who would be willing to move from company to company?

If anyone has ideas on this I'd love to hear from you. We have a part time post advertised on our website at the moment but it has been difficult to fill in the past so I anticipate similar problems this year. Many thanks. Elaine Nester, Alpha Design and Marketing 01743 236631

 

Free Marketing Advice

 Free Marketing Advice! SPA Creative is a “full-service” design consultancy based in Ludlow, Shropshire.We specialise in offering high quality graphic design, photography, web design, video production, print consultancy, advertising, marketing and public relations, all conveniently under one roof! SPA has over 23 years experience of delivery, servicing a wide range of industry sectors and companies both large and small, national and international. To celebrate the recent recruitment of new Marketing Manager, Helen Mawson SPA is running a promotion offering an hour of free Marketing Advice for start up’s or companies wanting to grow their existing businesses. SPA can advise on all aspects of marketing, promotions, branding, and public relations.  For more information please contact: Helen Mawson on T: 01584 878865    E: helen@spa-creative.com  

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AOI Illustration competition open for entries

The Association of Illustrators Images 2009 competition is open for entries and the deadline is August 1 2008.

Images is the UK's leading illustration competition, annual, awards show, and exhibition dedicated to showcasing the very best contemporary illustration published in the UK. It's Britain's only jury-selected illustration competition, judged by a highly regarded panel of industry experts, spanning multiple categories.

Selected work promoted to 4000 commissioners through the Images annual; New categories - New Media and Children's; Prizes worth £900 for the student section.

www.aoiimages.com

Public Speaking Workshop

Public Speaking/Presentation Skills Workshop

This evening Rob Ford of Head Of Communication at SPA Creative will take you through the joys and pitfalls of Public Speaking and Presentation.
 
Areas covered include:
  • Preparation
  • Building Confidence
  • Vocal and Physical Techniques
  • Delivery Skills
  • Developing Ideas and Time Management
  • Using Visual Aides
  • Enjoying the Experience!

Background

 

Rob Ford is Head of Communications at SPA Creative, Ludlow. As a professional actor, Rob has appeared in stage, film, and television productions ranging from Shakespeare to “Clocking Off”. He was trained at Birmingham School of Speech and Drama and is a registered teacher of London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts (LAMDA) examinations in Speech and Drama.
 
In his spare time Rob still performs at Comedy and Folk Festivals and it is highly likely that the evening will have a “visit” from one or more of his characters.

WHERE? The Bull, Ludlow

WHEN? August 20th 7.30pm

WHAT NEXT? Book your place with sophie@lilacsky.co.uk

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Reminder: Typography Talk at the Three Tunns, Bishops Castle on July 23rd

The talk is this Wednesday at the Three Tunns in Bishops Castle.

For more information email sophie@lilacsky.co.uk and read http://www.creativeshropshire.org/blog/lilacsky/23-06-08/more-informatio...

 

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Creative Shropshire 08 Video

This video has been kindly supplied by Mint Video of our event at Enginuity in Ironbridge earlier this year.

More information about the event at the Three Tunns, Bishops Castle on July 23rd

If for you type is an afterthought; a necessary evil, trivia, insignificant; irrelevant. If you reach for Helvetica every time you need a font, because of its ‘neutrality’. If you don’t know your Eras from your Bembo. You need to spend an evening with Bruno Maag.

 

Bruno Maag is into type. After an apprenticeship as a typesetter

for the Tages Anzeiger, Switzerland's largest daily. He went on to study typography at Basel School of Art. Bruno cut his teeth designing type at Monotype, both in the UK and in the States where he designed fonts for the New Yorker magazine.

 

He established Dalton Maag seventeen years ago. The cream of type design and technology professionals work for Dalton Maag.  Expectation and passion runs high in the Brixton studio. From ampersands to umlaut nothing is safe from brutal analysis.

 

Bruno is REALLY into type.

Most likely to say ‘I am a craftsman...not an artist’

Least likely to say ‘This looks like a job for Helvetica’

Bruno feels the pleasure of a beautifully crafted typeface and

the pain of any misuse.

 

In Bishop’s Castle Bruno will talk to you about font selection. Getting the right type for the job.

To book your place, please e-mail sophie@lilacsky.co.uk

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Car Giants Hire Small Shropshire Business For Safety Website

A SMALL internet design company in Shrewsbury has just completed a piece of business for some of the most famous car manufacturers in the world.

The Web Orchard has designed a business website for use by Aston Martin, Honda and Nissan.

Since the online launch a few weeks ago, Jaguar and Land Rover have also signed up to it.

The technical website allows car companies to make sure that their suppliers and products - which run to many thousands across the world - adhere to a strict regulation on chemicals and their safe use implemented by the European Union last year.

Nathan Bensley-Edwards, one of the founders of The Web Orchard, which is based at The Pumphouse on Coton Hill, said: "Over the coming years this regulation will have big implications for all manufacturers in Europe.

"The website www.auto-reach.com has been designed as a communication tool for the companies within the supply chain. It allows companies to make links with their suppliers and customers securely and confidentially.

"As a small company, it has been a great opportunity for us. We were obviously thrilled to be awarded the work by such global brand names, and we hope that it shows other businesses that it's not necessary to hire major online service companies to carry out such work. It can be handled by a small enterprise such as ourselves in Shrewsbury."

The business came the way of The Web Orchard through its work for the environmental consultancy Enviros.

Will Martin, Senior Consultant at Enviros, said: "The Web Orchard has produced an excellent, versatile communication tool in Auto-REACH to support our clients' compliance strategy with the REACH Regulation. This work was carried out against a challenging time frame, but the end result has been a great success."

The Web Orchard can be found at www.theweborchard.com.

For further information, please contact:
Nathan Bensley-Edwards, of The Web Orchard, on 01743 343411

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Lighthouse Out of Hours: Illustration

Monday 16th June 7-9pm

June’s Out of Hours, a socialising event for people in the cultural sector based in the West Midlands, will take a look at illustration and in particular the work of Sarah Ray, whose quirky, funny images have appeared in a number of magazines and have been commissioned by high profile clients including Orange and Artgroup. Sarah will be introducing her exhibition Good Day, which will be on show in Lock Works, Thurs 1 May - Fri 27 Jun. For more info visit www.sarahray.co.uk

Also in attendance will be 4Talent magazine, the creative arts magazine from Channel 4, who showcase and celebrate talent, focusing on those making a splash and doing something original or interesting. 4Talent magazine will offer thoughts on how illustration helps shape their visual identity. www.4talentmagazine.com

Resident VJs Cinecull will provide an audio-visual backdrop for Out of Hours. 
Cost: free.

www.light-house.co.uk

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UKITA Shropshire June "Unplugged"

Although June 10th is also Creative Shropshire's meeting some members may be interested to know that UKITA has a speaker at this month's 'Unplugged' meeting on the same evening. Creative Shropshire and Shropshire UKITA have partnered together to invite members of each organisation to visit events. This promotes inter-trading and networking and allows for a fresh viewpoint on subject matter.

Jake Stride from Senokian who will be presenting on “Software As A Service” (SAAS)

SAAS is extremely topical with “Google” hoping to use it to take on Microsoft with their application suite. There are many other online services now becoming available which can offer business great benefit. What are the advantages? What are the issues? Well you will have to come along and find out…

See the attached invitation for more details.