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

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The WiRE 3 day Start-Up Business Training Course contains all the skills, information and resources you need to put down firm foundations and get your business off to a flying start. Training is now available to ANYBODY, ANYWHERE it doesn't even matter if you have been in business for a while and just want a refresher or feel that you have gaps in your knowledge.

Book Online just £60 per delegate for all three days

* Monday 16th May, Tuesday 17th May and Tuesday 24th May 2011
* The Ludlow Conference Centre, Lower Galdeford, Ludlow, Shropshire, SY8 1RZ

The following course is in Staffordshire starting on 14th June, but we can deliver training to groups anywhere; we will do all the bookings, the admin and the training you just need to help us find a suitable venue and a minimum of 10 delegates, please call Helen or Sarah on 01952 815474 to talk about arranging a course in your area. We are adding more courses soon including a much requested three day Marketing and Social Media course, so keep looking.

Anybody is eligible for the WiRE Opening Doors Business Start-Up Training, there are no restrictions on attendance and the cost is the same for WiRE members and non-members so please feel free to pass this email around your friends and colleagues.

Hurry, all courses are limited to 15 max and they book up really quickly

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Flaxmill Maltings Open Day

I am writing to invite you to come along to enjoy the wonderful heritage of the Flaxmill Maltings during two open days. This will be the Friends first effort at an event of this sort and we can promise to make your visit worthwhile.

Saturday and Sunday, 7th & 8th May from 10 am – 5.00 pm.

The Friends are arranging the events over the two days to include:

• Tours of all areas by Friends stewards and guides from 11 am – 4.00 pm.

• Lights shows by Andy McKweown, at dusk on Friday 6th and Saturday 7th

• Arts exhibition by Flaxmill Arts; from 10 am to 4.00 pm

• Family entertainment with Jack the Jester.

• Demonstrations and displays

o Flax spinning with Maralyn Hepworth
o Brewing
o Iron working and brick making

• Displays and interpretation materials – 100 years as a Flaxmill, 100 years as a Maltings and what of the next 100 years?

• Refreshments and snacks will be available.

A very significant attraction will be the exhibition by Flaxmill Arts. Their efforts proved a major success at last year’s English Heritage weekend. They have particularly asked that you be invited
to their private view on Friday 6th from 6pm to 8.00pm. Please see invitation below.

I look forward to seeing you over the weekend.

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Big Society Awards

The Big Society Awards were set up by the Prime Minister in November 2010. The aim is to acknowledge individuals and organisations across the UK that demonstrate the Big Society in their work or activities. In so doing, the aim is also to galvanise others to follow in their footsteps.
“This is a huge and very unexpected honour. It’s a fantastic accolade not only for us, but also for the amazing people and organisations who have joined us on our journey, generously giving their time, skills and experience. If everybody makes just one small change the cumulative impact would be phenomenal. We hope that our story will encourage you to believe that you too can make a positive difference and to start taking action today to make it happen.” (Melanie Bryan, WhyNotChange, Wigan).
The award focuses upon three specific areas:
·         Promoting social action – people being, and being encouraged to be, be more involved in their communities through giving time, money and other resources.
·         Empowering communities – local people taking control of how things are done in their area and being helped to do this by local government and others.
·         Opening up public services – public sector organisations and individuals demonstrating innovative ways of delivering public services and charities, social enterprises and private companies showing new ways of delivering public services.
Nominations come in from the general public after which there follows a process of scoring and short-listing by civil servants and a further short-listing by a Panel of Ministers and independent figures acknowledged in the civil society field nationally. This Panel makes recommendations to the Prime Minister who makes the final decisions about who to make the award to. Twelve winners are decided each quarter and then announced once a week throughout the year.
The Award itself has several aspects to it. The winners each receive:
  • a plaque;
  • a signed certificate from the Prime Minister;
  • copies of the electronic awards logos to use on their websites and publicity materials;
  • an invitation to a twice yearly reception at No.10 Downing Street;
  • a press release that appears on the No.10 website and that the No.10 staff then circulate to the local and regional press in the winner’s home area.
To find out further details on nomination forms, deadlines and the assessment process, please go to the Big Society Awards page on the No.10 website.

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‘Seat of Learning’ A design and development case-study

Lecture on Tuesday 1st March 2011 @ 6.00 pm
Lecture Theatre, Emma Jesse Phipps Building, Birmingham Institute of Art and Design
followed by drinks

Please reserve a place by emailing

This exhibition showcases a new range of seating for education and documents the design and development stages of the project. Designed by David Rowe and Richard Snell, this innovative range of products is designed to comply with the new European standards for school furniture and addresses the need for posture to be considered more fully in the design of pupils’ chairs. The project was realised through a close collaborative partnership between Birmingham City University, BKF Plastics Ltd. and Hille, a company with a well established reputation for the design of furniture for public spaces.

Exhibition: 8th February – 4th March 2011 (opening hours: Mon-Fri 10.00am – 7.00pm)
Location: The Foyer Gallery / Birmingham Institute of Art and Design, Gosta Green, Birmingham B4 7DX

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The Apprentice Academy Open Event

Wednesday 9 February 2011

The event will take place in the Sports Hall, Telford College.

Refreshments available from 9.30am
Start time 10.00am Welcome - Janet Ellis – Principal and Chief Executive
Introduction to the offer
Speaker - Nick McGlashan – Apprentice Manager Tesco
Speaker - Martin Saxton – Operations Manager Ironbridge Gorge Museum
Speaker - Devdeep Bains – Apprentice Programme Manager Capgemini

Primary messages to include the Government Apprenticeship Agenda and the support available to Businesses through the Telford College Apprenticeship Academy. Ends 12.00 noon

Light refreshments available from 12.00pm, time available for networking.

Exhibitors to include:
Epson RAF Cosford
Telford and Wrekin Council
Ironbridge Gorge
Chamber of Commerce
Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals
Smart Tele-marketing

12.00pm – 2.40pm Visits from partner schools in 40 minute slots. If you wish to attend the launch please contact Judy Parker on 01952 642222 Or email

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Do YOU want to win business from the London 2012 Games?

Businesses in Shropshire are invited to a FREE, half-day workshop, which will explore business opportunities from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.  This session will cover:-

  • What goods and services are being purchased by London 2012 now; and over the next two years, including food & drink; and the main route to accessing these tenders –
  • Additional business opportunities related to London 2012, such as the Host Boroughs surrounding the Olympic Park; and “Stratford City”, the biggest shopping centre in the UK, being built next to the Olympic Park.
  • Local opportunities in Shropshire from the London 2012 Games, such as those generated by the undoubted interest in the influence of the Wenlock Olympian Games in Olympic history.
  • Opportunities after the London 2012 Games are over; the so-called “legacy” benefits from the Games.
  • Specialised help, advice and support for you - such as free, monthly “2012 Sector Briefings” – to improve your chances of winning tenders from the London 2012 Games.
Thursday 27January 2011                                                                    
9 a.m. for a 9.30 start.  12.30 finish  Shropshire Council, Westgate Offices, Ludlow Road,               Bridgnorth, WV16 5AA

To book your FREE place please contact Nicol Wagstaff at West Midlands Chambers LLP                                                    
0121 607 1753 or      
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Liberty Best of British Design Open Call 2011

Are you a budding new designer? How would you like to have your products sold at Liberty?

Now in its 3rd year the Open Call is continuing to recognise and support new and emerging British design talent and we are again calling for all prospective designers and creative talents to come forward with their ideas.

A panel of experts comprising of Liberty’s Managing Director, Ed Burstell, his esteemed buying team and industry experts including top names from press and fashion retail will pick the best designs to be sold in store. Ed Burstell and his team will offer support and direction needed to get your items selling on Liberty’s world renowned shelves.

From fashion to furniture, hats to handbags, craft to cushions, Liberty is encouraging anyone with a creative passion to bring in their designs for the panel to judge.

More here

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The Marches Local Enterprise Partnership

The Marches LEP Shadow Board invites you to:

On Thursday 18th November, 6-9pm, at the Plymouth Stand, Ludlow Racecourse, SY8 2BT Master of Ceremonies Eric Smith of BBC Radio Shropshire.

An opportunity for businesses within Herefordshire, Shropshire and Telford to meet with the Marches LEP Shadow Board to:

  • Discuss the work of the LEP to date
  • Provide views on how we achieve economic prosperity and job
  • creation in the Marches
  • Contribute to the Marches LEP Business Plan
  • Guests will be able to attend 2 business planning sessions during the
  • evening, selected from the following options:
  • Enterprise
  • Transport and Infrastructure
  • Employment, Education and Skills
  • Planning and Housing
  • Sustainability

Places at this business event will be limited. To avoid disappointment please book your place today, stating which two of the above workshops you would like to attend.
Via e-mail: or Tel: 01743 252533

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Out of Hours: Enterprise Grants for Creatives

Does your enterprise need a cash injection? Wolverhampton City Council has a new package of grants designed to help budding entrepreneurs, new start ups and existing companies in the city. Chris Shears, Enterprise and Innovation Officer at Wolverhampton City Council, will be there to talk about the grants and there will be opportunities for one-to-ones with council officers to check eligibility and find out more about applying.

Admission free. To book a place email

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Increasing Opportunities for Business in Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin

20th October 2010, 2pm to 7.00pm at Shrewsbury Town Football Club's Greenhous Meadow Stadium

Please find attached your invitation to an event that is aimed at businesses that want to do more work in Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin. Hosted by Shropshire Business Board and Telford & Wrekin Economic Development Board this event is a unique opportunity to increase your in-county customer base and to have a face-to-face meeting with many of the largest public and private purchasers of goods and services in Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin.

Among those attending and looking for new business contacts will be:-

Head of Procurement - Shropshire Council (interested in particular in: electrical wiring testing; travel services/rail ticketing; services in glazing, landscaping, kitchen canopy cleaning, security and flooring; electrical appliance repair; greengrocery; water risk assessment; maintenance of electrical and mechanical catering equipment and air conditioning, heat recovery and refrigeration equipment; blinds/curtains; office clean waste collection and recycling; and Property Services works incl. general building, roofing, electrical, decoration, refenestration etc.)

Procurement and Payment's Manager - Telford & Wrekin Council (interested in a range of supplies and services)

Group Procurement Manager - West Mercia Supplies (interested in: graphic design; printing; maintenance of warehousing and vehicles; education/office stationery & equipment )

Head of Procurement - Shropshire Health Care Procurement Services (interested in: medical equipment; food especially local produce; electrical services; IT equipment, office furniture, stationery, uniforms, disposal, taxi services, window cleaning, funeral services)

Other large public and private purchasers attending include: Muller Dairy (UK) Ltd., Culina Logistics, Oaklands Farm Eggs Ltd., Hoshizaki, West Mercia Police, Severnside Housing, Shrewsbury College of Arts & Technology, Shrewsbury Town Football Club, Marches Care Ltd. and Shropshire Housing Group.

The programme for the event is as follows:-
• 2pm Registration & Refreshments on arrival. Information Pack for each delegate.
• 2.30pm Welcome and Presentations on Opportunities for Small Businesses, E-Procurement.
• 3.30pm Express Event Networking with the Major Purchasers
• 4.30pm Light Buffet & Networking
• 5.00pm-7.00pm Individual Short Appointments with Purchasers.