Here are the latest news and blog posts for Creative Shropshire Events.
The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG), in partnership with the Design Council, is looking for an expert team to create remarkable, memorable and visionary torches that represent the very best of our nation as the UK begins its Olympic and Paralympic celebrations with the Torch Relays in the summer of 2012. Over 8,000 torches will be produced, and used by the thousands of Torchbearers who will carry the Olympic flame across the UK.
As part of the process, the Design Council is assisting LOCOG in encouraging the best and most appropriately experienced design, engineering and manufacturing businesses to register their interest in this challenge.
In the first instance, LOCOG and the Design Council are encouraging businesses with a track record of creating and producing iconic consumer or industrial products to register their interest on the CompeteFor website (www.competefor.com) which is the online ‘dating agency’ for matching potential suppliers with Games-related business opportunities. CompeteFor allows for an open and transparent procurement process and enables businesses to have access to all relevant business opportunities between now and 2012 – for both LOCOG and the Olympic Delivery Authority.
The Design Council is also assisting designers in registering their interest with background information and guidance on the process that can be accessed at www.designcouncil.org.uk/olympictorch.
Creative Shropshire members are invited to UKITA Shropshire's next Unplugged event next week. Steve Ashdown from Phoot Creative, Chairman of the Creative Shropshire network, has been actively developing business links with China to help the Chinese to do business here and vice versa, see www.phoot.com/china for more information... English translation on the right!
We hear so much about the impact of Chinese busines and now is your opportunity to hear first hand how a local dynamic business has been taking advantage of the opportunities.
Unplugged Event, 14th July @ 6.30pm.
Title: Ignore China at your peril...
Presenter: Steve Ashdown (Director, Phoot Creative)
Venue: The Cock Hotel, Wellington
Food: Amazing Shropshire Pork Pies, Chips etc
1) What is this China thing? The Strtegic view.
2) Why did Phoot decide to do something with China.
3) Views on working with China in the IT Sector.
4) The importance of Guanxi - relationships, contracts and trust.
This is starting to get booked up so please email Edward Bedell (email@example.com) to confirm attendance. There was a record attendance at UKITA Shropshire's last event and this is looking to be even more popular.
The Shrewsbury Sixth Form Art & Design Show Private View is on Wednesday 9th June 6pm to 8pm, and open for viewing on the 10th and 11th June between 9am and 4pm.
Awards are available in the following categories:
- Business of the Year.
- Award for Innovation Through Technology.
- Most Promising New Business.
- Entrepreneur of the Year.
- Achievement in International Business.
- Award for Excellence in People Development.
- The Green Award.
- Excellence in Customer Service.
Entry is exclusive to UK-accredited Chamber of Commerce members and winners may be requested to participate in post-event publicity.
The overall winner will receive £50,000, and previous winners have experienced year-round exposure from the awards programme, including appearances on TV.
The 2010 closing date for receipt of applications is 25 June.
This conference will bring together thought leaders from government, industry and education to get information about the latest creative industry skills needs and discover new opportunities for collaboration in support of them.
Delegates at the conference will:
- Review progression routes in to the creative and cultural industries and the role FE and HE can play
- Learn how FE and HE institutions can contribute more to the creative economy through supporting the development of new business models
- Get the latest on digital developments in the creative industries and the contribution education can make
- Receive practical guidance on work placements for students, and how they can get involved with employers in the creative sector
- Discuss the latest research on creative graduate destination data
- David Worthington, Acting Chairman, Creative & Cultural Skills
- Elizabeth Rouse, Pro-Rector, University of the Arts London (UAL)
- Professor Stuart Bartholomew, Principal, Arts University College at Bournemouth
- David Clews, Co-Director, Higher Education Academy Art Design Media Subject Centre
- Jeremy Davenport, Deputy Director, Creative Industries Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN)
- Professor Elaine Thomas, Vice-Chancellor, University for the Creative Arts (UCA)
- Professor Jonathan Briggs, Professor of eCommerce, Kingston University and Founder, Hyper Island
Save Tuesday 15 June in your diary!
Register your place
Register and find out more now at www.neilstewartassociates.com/se239
For more information and the latest agenda call Laura Brownlee on 020 7324 4372
or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
The Pitch is an annual competition which aims to find the UK's most exciting and innovative small companies and entrepreneurial talent. Entrants must pitch their business idea to a panel of industry experts who will scrutinise business concepts and presentation skills, searching for the best of the best.
Successful entrepreneurs will be chosen from five regions to present their product or service, with five winners plus a wildcard entry selected to go through to a live grand final in London. Business ideas may be in any field; however, the judges will assess all pitches by looking for innovation, engagement with customers, sound financial and business planning, and an understanding of where the opportunities exist in the market for the product or service.
In 2009, the winning entrepreneur received a package of business support prizes worth £50,000. For 2010, Sift Media has announced that it aims to compile a larger and more comprehensive package for the winner, which is to be announced in due course. Every entrant who takes part in The Pitch will receive expert advice on their business idea, guidance on their business plan and access to a range of business resources available from The Business Factory website. Each finalist will also receive extensive media coverage.
To enter, businesses must be based in the UK, established for less than three years at the time of entry and employ no more than 20 members of staff.
The deadline for entries to The Pitch 2010 is 15 June 2010.
The contest will fully begin after this date, with regional heats being held in Bristol, Liverpool, Edinburgh, Birmingham and London on the following dates:
- Bristol: 21 June 2010.
- Liverpool: 1 July 2010.
- London: 15 July 2010.
- Edinburgh: 29 July 2010.
- Birmingham: 5 August 2010.
Please see the attached flyer for details.
The daywill be focussed on helping new and existing businesses who might be interested to find out more about :
- Income tax
- Vat & vat online services
There's a range of seminars taking place throughout the day and people interested need to book on-line and should be directed to
We are looking for a general manager to work with us to support the continued growth of Alpha. An understanding of commerce, strong interpersonal skills and a can-do attitude are important - also unwavering integrity, as you will be responsible for maintaining the reputation of a respected and established brand. Our clients are varied in terms of sector, location and size and the nature of the work we do for them is wide ranging.
Some hands-on design or artwork skills will be an advantage as the manager will be responsible for initiation and production of key projects; however, management and scheduling skills are more important. Applicants with business development skills will also be considered.
Call me on 01743 239283 for an informal discussion in complete confidence.