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Here are the latest news and blog posts for Creative Shropshire Events.

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Marches Local Enterprise Partnership

As you may already know, the Marches Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), in partnership with the West Midlands 2012 Business Network, is organising a free, half-day business seminar, to communicate to firms in its area the broad range of “Olympic” business opportunities still available, such as :-
•London 2012 buying right up to Games time
•tourism opportunities , driven by the Wenlock Olympian Games
•very substantial post-Games conversion work on the Olympic Park
•export opportunities in supplying other major sports events around the world

A strong programme of expert speakers has been put together – see attached programme. This will be in the morning of Wednesday 9 November, at the Telford International Centre. An Invitation to this event is also attached..

You are, of course, invited. And I would be very grateful if you would also forward the invite to any relevant colleagues, and among your networks, especially those in the town of Much Wenlock itself.

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Abertay Digital Prototype Grant Funding - Launch of New Round

Abertay University's business support office has launched a new round of the Abertay Digital Prototype Grant Funding programme. The aim of the programme is to foster economic growth, facilitate job creation, and improve skills development in the sector.

Grants of up to £25,000 are available for small companies (based anywhere in the UK) that are developing their own games or other forms of interactive digital content.

The grants can be used to develop prototypes of original intellectual property (IP), allowing companies to go on to seek further funding or investment to launch their product. As part of the programme's offering, studio space, equipment, and software will be available for companies to use while prototypes are being developed at Abertay University.

Games projects and other forms of interactive digital content, such as e-learning, visualisation, interactive exhibits, online film/broadcast media, or middleware can be supported.

Grants can be used for a range of expenditure identified within the project budget, primarily:
• costs for a selected number of the applicant's development team;
• part-time employment costs of a proportion of students or graduates selected as part of the student placement element; and
• additional costs, such as a contractor to fill a gap in the team.

The closing date for receipt of applications to this round is 14 December 2011.

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The Leadership & Management Advisory Service

The Leadership and Management Advisory Service will provide up to £1000 to a business or social enterprise meeting certain eligibility criteria. Funding must be matched on a pound for pound basis and must be used to support the Leadership and Management skills of the MD or a senior manager. The Service is funded by the Skills Funding Agency and delivered by EMB Ltd across the East of England, the West Midlands and the East Midlands.

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Shrewsbury Web Developer Builds Worlds First Online Travel Insurance For Iraq and Afghanistan

AAIB, the specialist insurance brokers, has commissioned Shrewsbury web developers The Web Orchard to create the worlds first online travel insurance site specifically for travel to Iraq and Afghanistan.

Designed for people visiting Iraq or Afghanistan for business or personal reasons, the new website enables travellers to get an instant quotation which exactly matches their needs. The variables that can be chosen from include duration of stay, purpose of visit, the amount of personal accident and medical evacuation cover required.

Managed by AAIB Insurance Brokers, the travel policy is 'A' rated and essential baggage cover is included in the price. Varying levels of cover are available as well as the option to add more specialist types of cover if required.

Peter White, Web Architect at The Web Orchard, said: “We are delighted to have been able to contribute to this first ever travel insurance site for travel to Iraq and Afghanistan. From a technical perspective, the main challenges were to create a web-enabled copy of AAIB’s risk calculation database, and then to offer users the chance to go from quote to payment in one seamless transaction.”

Additional refinements in the site are the ability to receive an email quotation with PDF attachment, and for customers to download a PDF copy of their policy whenever required from anywhere in the world.

William Wakeham, AAIB’s CEO Insurance is delighted with the outcome. “The Web Orchard created a very elegant front end for our quotation database. Now travellers only have to answer eight drop down questions in order to receive an instant travel insurance quote, which is linked to a secure card payment screen if they want to pay for immediate cover. Compared to other more complex insurance quotation sites, the single page quotation form that The Web Orchard provided is incredibly simple to use.”

The Web Orchard have a five year track record of creating sophisticated e-commerce web presences. They are based in Shrewsbury, near Birmingham, in the United Kingdom and work for an international client base.

www.theweborchard.com
http://travel.aaib-insurance.com/

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£5 Million AHRC Call to Establish Centre for Copyright and New Business Models in the Creative Economy

The Arts and Humanities Research Council is seeking to establish a 'Centre for Copyright and New Business Models in the Creative Economy ' to foster integration and transformational change of research effort across the creative industries sector. This multi-disciplinary research facility will address the research challenges facing the creative economy, covering new digital technologies and issues of copyright and new business models.

The Centre, which has an operating budget of £5 million for the first four years, funded at 80% of FEC, will be hosted by one HEI and will enable exploration and investigation of the dynamic relationships between the main aspects of the modern creative economy. The AHRC is now inviting expressions of interest from HEIs and accredited Independent Research Organisations across the UK.

The deadline for Stage 1 Expressions of Interest is 8 September 2011.

Successful applicants to Stage 2 will be announced in October and invited to submit a full Stage 2 proposal by January 2012

Click here for links to the relevant website/scheme guidelines and GRANTfinder report

The antidote to deadly-dull health campaigns


I thought you might be interested in our new NHS Shropshire Health Campaign – driven by Facebook.

Get yourself, friends or family members exposed and we mean really exposed!

To launch the start of your new ‘celebrity status’ in Shropshire, just click this link www.facebook.com/FreeHealthCheck  then watch the video, participate and become a Shropshire advertising icon!

We would love feedback – even the cruel sort!

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Shropshire Creative Business Conference

This FREE business event brings together a wealth and diversity of creative expertise in Shropshire and promises to showcase the quality of knowledge that is available to the Shropshire Business community without having to look outside of the county.

During the day, informative and lively presentations will be made by speakers including David Parrish, author of ‘T-Shirts and Suits - A guide to the Business of Creativity’.

In the afternoon we invite the whole Shropshire business community to attend the creative conference and exhibition to not only fully appreciate the creative talent within the county, but to also network and source local web developers, marketing and advertising experts, photographers, copy writers and more.

Register here for FREE: http://profit-from-ideas.eventbrite.com

More information here.

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Nokia Pitch 'n' Win Competition Launched

Nokia has designed the Pitch 'n' Win Competition in recognition of development costs and a need for developers to benefit from platform support and increased visibility for mobile apps.

The programme commences with a workshop in Birmingham set to take later this month. One winning attendee will receive funding to have their app idea brought to life, with further marketing support from Nokia's Ovi Store and Wieden + Kennedy.

Nokia is looking to support creative developers in the UK to build the most innovative apps for the Nokia Ovi store. Developers who can unlock the power of Nokia handsets will be rewarded through this competition. Examples include innovative photography apps that make the most of award-winning cameras, location-based apps that feed off Ovi maps, innovative games, augmented reality apps, productivity tools or any number of different products or services.

A prize of £25,000 is available towards the development costs of the app. The winner will have the potential for marketing support for the best apps developed through the programme with prominent positioning on the Ovi store and promotion through Nokia owned blogs and social channels. They will also receive distribution via the Ovi store to more than 100 million users worldwide. 70% revenue share will be paid for downloads via credit card billing and 60% revenue share via the operator billing.

Mobile app developers and creative businesses throughout the UK may apply. The competition initially focuses on the Midlands region only but will extend throughout the country following the initial phase. Applicants are required to register their details online. The sponsor will then contact applicants in order for them to submit details of their app idea and the team behind it.

The Birmingham workshop takes place on Thursday 30 June 2011.

The deadline for applications for the Birmingham Workshop is 17 June 2011.

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2011 Summer School: Life Drawing Workshop

27th June to 1st July

A one week summer school focused on drawing

This course is a one week intensive drawing programme that is suitable for those who have some practical drawing experience but would like to develop more confidence in their practice.

Based in the Fine Art studios on 7th floor of the School of Art & Design participants will have the opportunity to take part in a formal life drawing class each morning and then use the studios in the afternoon to develop a personal drawing project. Participants will be fully supported in the development of their work by practicing artists and lecturers from the School of Art & Design.

The week will culminate in an open studio event for friends and invited guests of the school.

Daily Itinerary

9am -11am Open studio access – independent practice

11am – 1pm Life Drawing class

2- 4pm Drawing Workshop

Cost: £100

There are 25 places available on this summer school. For more information please contact Marina Gavriel: m.gavriel@wlv.ac.uk on 01902 322446.
Places can be booked and paid for here

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Networking Evening for Creatives at The Creative Studio

"We are holding the first of hopefully many creative networking events at our studio where local people can come and meet and talk. Future events will have more of a theme but this one is just a general welcome event.

I will be available to talk to for any questions about the Coffeehouse Photography Month Event in August

Please bring a bottle :)"

Richard Foot
The Creative Studio