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

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Photo Competition

An exciting competition has been launched by a team from Shropshire Council who are using their spare time to raise money for The Prince’s Trust. The competition is a photography competition, entitled ‘What Shropshire Means to Me’ and it is looking for innovative and exciting photographs that capture the essence of Shropshire to the individual.

The competition is being sponsored by Müller Dairy, who are very proud of their Shropshire heritage and want to encourage as many participants as possible to enter this fantastic competition.

The 12 winning entries will then be published in a 2011 calendar that promotes the beauty of Shropshire to all, both within and outside the county. The competition is open to amateur photographers of all ages and is free to enter and all photographs should not have been used in any other competition or promotion.

The money raised from the sales of the calendar will go directly to the Prince’s Trust in the West Midland’s, helping tackle the problems facing young people within the area.

For more information, please visit:

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Free one-to-one advice clinics for creative businesses

Business Link West Midlands is holding a series of FREE one-to-one advice clinics for creative businesses in Shropshire. During the session you will be able to discuss with an adviser a range of issues which maybe affecting your business, including:

How to reach more customers
Making the most of your money
Identifying ways of streamlining your business processes
Keeping up-to-date with the law
Maximising the sales of your work
And much more. . .

28th September 2010
The Place, Oakengates Theatre, Limes Walk, Oakengates, Telford, TF2 6EP
Times Slots Available:
09.00am - 10.00am
10.00am - 11.00am
11.00am - 12.00pm
13.00pm - 14.00pm
14.00pm - 15.00pm
15.00pm - 16.00pm
16.00pm - 17.00pm

1st October 2010
Wem Town Hall, High Street, Wem, Shropshire, SY4 5DG
Times Slots Available:
09.00am - 10.00am
10.00am - 11.00am
11.00am - 12.00pm
13.00pm - 14.00pm
14.00pm - 15.00pm
15.00pm - 16.00pm
16.00pm - 17.00pm

4th October 2010
Craven Arms Community Centre, Newington Way, Craven Arms, Shropshire, SY7 9PS
Times Slots Available:
09.00am - 10.00am
10.00am - 11.00am
11.00am - 12.00pm
13.00pm - 14.00pm
14.00pm - 15.00pm
15.00pm - 16.00pm
16.00pm - 17.00pm

7th October 2010
Louise House, Roman Road, Meole Brace, Shrewsbury, SY3 9JN
Times Slots Available:
09.00am - 10.00am
10.00am - 11.00am
11.00am - 12.00pm
12.30pm - 13.30pm
13.30pm - 14.30pm
14.30pm - 15.30pm
15.30pm - 16.30pm

To book a session please call 01743 252305 or email, stating your preferred venue and time slot.
As these appointments are free of charge, we expect them to be taken quickly. Time slots will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Make sure you don't miss out - reserve yours today!

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Wanted: Olympic Torch Designers

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 ( 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

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Ignore China at your peril...

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 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
Cost: £4


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.
5) Conclusion.
6) Q&A

This is starting to get booked up so please email Edward Bedell ( to confirm attendance. There was a record attendance at UKITA Shropshire's last event and this is looking to be even more popular.

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Shrewsbury Sixth Form Art & Design Show

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.

Sixth Form Event

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2010 Chamber Awards - Now Open to Application

The 2010 Chamber Awards, that celebrate the success and achievements of businesses around the UK, are now open for entries.

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.

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5th National Conference Supporting Creative Industries

Despite impressive industry growth, graduates are still struggling to find work in the creative and cultural sectors. Employers still feel that graduates are leaving Higher Education without the right skills to succeed, and HEIs still feel that students are arriving without the necessary skills to get the most out of their courses.

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 
For more information and the latest agenda call Laura Brownlee on 020 7324 4372
or e-mail

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Applications Now Welcomed for The Pitch 2010

Entries are now being invited for The Pitch 2010.

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.
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Being Successful in the IT Business

I am very pleased to promote what will be a very exciting event in conjunction with the Telford College of Arts and Technology. It is primarily a BCS event, but also a UKITA one since UKITA and BCS are working very closely together in Shropshire and UKITA members are involved in this event.
The event is already half full so please register your interest to as soon as possible. We only have 70 places.

Please see the attached flyer for details.

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Invitation to Business Launch of ADVANCE

We would be delighted if you could join us to launch ADVANCE, an exciting and unique modular programme for young entrepreneurs in the Shropshire area.  The event will be on Monday 22 February at 5.30pm in the Glass Classroom at Enginuity, Coalbrookdale.
ADVANCE is a brand new concept developed by the Ironbridge Gorge Museums that is attracting national and international interest and is designed to support entrepreneurial skills through the lens of creativity and innovation in business practice.  It offers young people the opportunity to build a creative business idea or expand on an already existing product or service and we believe it has the potential to be life changing for the industries and individuals involved.
This free programme will be taught by leading industry experts and practising innovators and there will be the potential for course participants to secure investment to take their ideas forward and to work with industry and business partners.  We also hope this will be an excellent opportunity for Shropshire business networking.
We do hope you can join us for the event and look forward to seeing you there. If you are unable to attend please feel free to send a representative of your company.
Please RSVP to Helen May on 01952 435 900 or