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

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Creative Investment Roadshow

It can be difficult to understand the investment opportunities available to Creative businesses. So, Business Link West Midlands, Screen West Midlands and Advantage Proof of Concept have designed a series of FREE seminars to provide you with information on the range of funding support available to help develop your business.


Workshop time: 2.00pm - 6.00pm



2.00pm Registration

2.30pm - 3.45pm Short presentations from a panel of investment bodies including 4iP, Proof of Concept, Digital Content Development, UnLtd, Innovations Network and Innovations Vouchers

3.45pm - 4.00pm Questions and Answers

4.00pm - 4.20pm Break

4.20pm - 5pm Market Place

5pm - 6pm Networking


Workshop dates and venues:

30/07/09 Fazeley Studios, 191 Fazeley Street, Digbeth, Birmingham, B5 5SE

05/08/09 The Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, Jordan Well, Coventry, CV1 5QP

07/08/09 Light House Media Centre, The Chubb Buildings, Fryer Street, Wolverhampton, WV1 1HT


Booking information:
Call: 0845 113 1234

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Free Business Link Workshops

Making the web work for your business

Join us for an interactive session and learn what key things you need to implement to make sure your website is a success. By using real-life case studies, we will look at the importance of design and online marketing to demonstrate how you can successfully market your website. Learn how you can collect visitor data to benefit your business further and how social media can make a real impact and provide endless marketing opportunities.

Whatever stage your business is at with your website strategy - then this session will help you shape the right plans to make sure your business is a success online.

Delivered by: John Luce & Pat Sutton - Niche Media Marketing on behalf of Business Link West Midlands

Event suitability:

Small established businesses, 2 years of trading +

Dates and Locations:

28/07/09 - The Three Counties Hotel, Hereford, HR2 7BP
29/07/09 - Ramada Birmingham North, Cannock, Staffordshire, WS11 0DQ
30/07/09 - Albright Hussey Manor Hotel, Shrewsbury, SY4 3AF

Time: 9:30am - 12:00pm

NEW! Making the web work for your business - Webinar 

As part of our commitment to bring you up-to-date business advice in a way that suits your business, we are now launching our popular Making the web work for your business event as a downloadable webinar.

Get the same event content and advice but from the convenience of a location to suit you. This 45-minute webinar covers all of the content outlined above.

The webinar will be screened on the following dates and start times:

17/08/09 - 7pm start                     

21/08/09 - 2pm start

18/08/09 - 7am start

22/08/09 - 10am start

18/08/09 - 3pm start

22/08/09 - 6pm start

19/08/09 - 12noon start

23/08/09 - 11am start

19/08/09 - 8pm start

23/08/09 - 7pm start

20/08/09 - 9pm start

24/08/09 - 6am start

21/08/09 - 8am start

24/08/09 - 10pm start

Booking onto one of our events or onto our webinar is easy, visit to get your login details.


Business planning for your future - the keys to success

Your business is only as good as the plan it is built on, so it goes without saying that business planning is fundamental to your business' future and success. Join us for an interactive session where we look at the importance of staying on top of your plan and how to build in robust strategies to ensure your business is prepared for sudden market changes.

Also discover how implementing a credible business plan can help tick all the right boxes for future investors and potentially raise additional finance for your business. This session is definitely a win-win event for any business wanting to build for the future.

Dates and Locations:

28/07/09 - Albright Hussey Manor Hotel, Shrewsbury, SY4 3AF
29/07/09 - Hyatt Regency Birmingham, 2 Bridge Street, Birmingham, B1 2JZ
30/07/09 - The Windmill Village Hotel, Coventry, CV5 9AL

Delivered by: Graham Allcock and Isobel Pinsent - White Knight Consultants Ltd on behalf of Business Link West Midlands

Event suitability: Small established businesses, 2 years of trading +

Time: 9.30am - 12.00pm

Booking information:

Call: 0845 113 1234
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How to deliver winning presentations every time

Presentations are huge in business - they can be the key to winning new contracts and they can have a huge bearing on how your business is perceived by your customers, competitors and the general public.

This workshop outlines the skills you need to deliver a first-class presentation to guarantee business success. Learn essential tools that you can take away from the session to share with your teams including how to:

- Harness nervous energy

- Make the most of your voice and develop a confident and persuasive vocal style

- Use body language to build rapport and motivation

- Present a clear and succinct message

- Plan and structure creative presentations

- Use effective interactive techniques to control the audience

- Develop a personal presentation style

- Create effective support materials that have visual impact

- Increase presentation impact and earn recognition


The workshop will conclude with a Dragon's Den style presentation exercise where groups are asked to put together a pitch and deliver a presentation.

Delivered by: Fiona Hudson-Kelly - Brand Marketing on behalf of Business Link West Midlands

Event suitability: Small established businesses, 2 years of trading +

Dates and Locations:

04/08/09 - Worcester Rugby Club, Sixways Stadium, Pershore Lane, Worcester, WR3 8ZE,
06/08/09 - Copthorne Hotel Merry Hill, The Waterfront, Level Street, Brierley Hill, Dudley DY5 1UR
12/08/09 - Honiley Court Hotel, Honiley, Warwickshire, CV8 1NP
19/08/09 - The Branston Golf & Country Club, Branston, Burton on Trent, Staffordshire, DE14 3DP
26/08/09 - Telford Hotel and Golf Resort, Great Hay Drive, Sutton Heights, Telford, TF7 4DT

Time: 9.15am - 12.00pm

Booking information:

Call: 0845 113 1234
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Please note: Only 2 people per business will be accepted on to this workshop.

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Hit&Run Art Show, Ellesmere

There will be a one day art show in Ellesmere, North Shropshire in August (Sunday August 16th to be exact.)

show will be an outdoor event (or under canvas if the weather is
inclement and is open to all local or regional artists and creatives
who wish to show their work to the public. A spot at the show costs £15
for which you will get a table and an 8x4' display board. There are
activities on during the day for the public and the event is being
publicised widely in the region. If you are interested in coming along
and/or showing your work please contact me here or email :)

show will include a life drawing for beginners class (two, actually)
with models in costume with work being displayed in the local SPACE
gallery as part of the Big Draw festival of drawing. There will be Arty
Agony Aunts on hand to give advice to those who seek it about anything
arty as well as all the usual facilities and entertainments of the site.

Again, for anyone interested in showing their work at the show please Note me and I will get back to you toot sweet :)


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Big Book Of Contemporary Illustration.

I recently heard from Martin Dawber, author of the Big Book of Fashion Illustration: A World Sourcebook of Contemporary Illustration that his new book The Big Book of Contemporary Illustration
will be out on September 1st 2009.  The book has two of my kayaking
illustrations which I displayed at New Designers 2008 in the lifestyle
section. The cover (below) is by Joseph Gonzalez from Northwest Indiana.

am pretty excited about the books release as it will put some of my
work in front of a potentially huge audience with a worldwide release.
I am still proud of the kayaking/white water series in fact I hope to
extend the series and even to present them at a couple of galleries
later this year.


Here are the imamages he's using:

Kayaker 2

Further bulletins as events warrant!


PS: The link to the book above is to the US Amazon site, its coming soon to the UK site apparently.

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Video Post Production Workshop for Women

@ Lighthouse
Wed 15 July, 10am - 4pm
Cost: £65+VAT

1-day workshop designed as a technical introduction to editing using Final Cut Pro.

There is an early bird discount of 10% if booked before Friday 10 July.

For more details on the workshops please contact Kelly Jeffs To book a place please contact Box Office on t. 01902 716055

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Video Production Workshop for Women

@ Lighthouse
Wed 8 July, 10am - 4pm
Cost: £35+VAT

1-day workshop which gives an introduction to video production, including an overview on camera functions and lighting techniques.

There is an early bird discount of 10% if booked before Friday 3 July.

For more details on the workshops please contact Kelly Jeffs To book a place please contact Box Office on t. 01902 716055

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COMIX TELFORD - Calling All Comic Heroes!

For the first time, budding young comic artists in Telford have the chance to learn from Marvel/DC/DC Thomson pro’s.

For the first time since it started five years ago, Hi8us will deliver its internationally successful and innovative Comic Art talent scheme in Telford! Comix Telford is a talent finding competition for budding young comic artists. The aim is to discover and nurture talented artists and support them to get into the comics industry with the help of world-class comic professionals such as John McCrea (X-MEN, SPIDERMAN, THE HULK) and Hunt Emerson (THE BEANO, WALL STREET JOURNAL, FORTEAN TIMES). The scheme is COMPLETELY FREE thanks to Telford & Wrekin’s Find Your Talent programme and the only thing applicants need to do to be considered is send in copies of their most recent comic strips and complete a short application form. The DEADLINE for postal submissions is Friday 17th July ‘09. The DEADLINE for email submissions is Sunday 19th July ,09. If people want to find out more about the scheme they can attend the informal recruitment sessiontaking place at the Telford College of Arts and Technology from 4.30 pm to 6.30 pm on Wednesday 8th July. Comix Telford will prioritise 16 to 19 year olds living or studying in Telford.

From July ’09 to October ‘09, 20 finalists will get the opportunity to train with the lead professional comic artists on the scheme John McCrea and Hunt Emerson as well as a wealth of other professional talent including Laura Howell (THE BEANO, THE GUARDIAN), Asia Alfasi (IMAF WINNER, BEST NEW MANGA, BLOOMSBURY GRAPHIC NOVELIST) and Andi Watson (GEISHA, BUFFY) amongst others. The invaluable experience of the professionals will be used to support and develop the talents of those on the scheme, giving them all the essential training, tips and tricks relating to the art of comics as well as a route into the industry by providing access to publishers and editors. The scheme will culminate in the trainees having their first comic book published and launched at the British International Comics Show in October.

Hi8us Midlands is part of an established charity with an impressive long history of utilising the skills of experts to guide aspiring artists and media producers, with professional results. “We run a range of arts & media projects in a range of communities up and down the country; we come across a great deal of untapped talent and this scheme is just one way of meeting the needs of the gifted individuals we know are out there.” Kulwant Dhaliwal, Hi8us Midlands Director. “I think this is a wonderful opportunity,” comments John McCrea  “when I was breaking into the industry I would have loved the chance to be on this project”.

This scheme is fully funded by Telford & Wrekin Council’s Find Your Talent programme. Julie Jones, Creative Arts Manager at Telford & Wrekin Council said “Our aim is to support and nurture talented young people, we know they’re out there!”

Applicants need to submit examples of their best and most recent work. We are looking for good photocopies of 2-4 pages of original continuous comic strip (no posters), preferably without lettering.  Submission guidelines can be downloaded from To book a place at the recruitment session and/or get an application pack, contact: Kulwant Dhaliwal on 0121 753 7700 or

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Time to take creative industries seriously

Creative content producers need to take project management seriously, according to one industry expert. Steve Stopps, from Leamington Spa-based Blitz Games Studios, says that many creative companies need to reassess how they run their operations.

Steve, who is the keynote speaker at Birmingham City University's ‘Creative Networks' event on Thursday 25 June, believes that project management is increasingly important, given the growth of the creative industries sector. The creative industries are expected to employ 1.3 million people by 2013 - more than the financial sector - and will contribute £85 billion to the UK, up from £57 billion in 2009.

A quarter of those employed in the UK games industry are located in the West Midlands. Steve said: "This is a multi-billion dollar industry, which strongly performs even during the recession.

"The current generation of the highest quality AAA games are similar to Hollywood blockbusters. If a company is going to risk huge amounts of money on a product it needs to gets its project management right. A huge amount of skills and disciplines contribute towards the end product and it's important that these are properly managed.

"With the possibilities offered by digital technologies there is a real opportunity for the screen and sound based sector to capitalise on the growth in demand for its products, but it has to get serious about managing content production.

"Steve will be speaking at Birmingham City University's city centre campus at Millennium Point, Curzon Street on Thursday 25 June, starting at 6pm.

Creative Networks is a FREE event and was established in 2004 as a regular monthly hub of networking and expertise for those working or hoping to work in the creative industries. For more information call 0121 331 5400 email or visit

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Creative Central Online Editor

The North Staffordshire Creative Economies Forum (NSCEF) has been developing a new web portal to support the area's creative economy. We now need an enthusiastic, multi-skilled communicator who can capture and connect all the good things in our area.

The person awarded the contract will work on a freelance basis, reporting to the manager of Cultural Services and the communications lead of NSCEF. You will commission, create and share content related to our creative industries, with a wide range of networks.

Working knowledge of production processes online and in print is required. Knowledge and experience of a range of technical equipment, social networking websites and Adobe CS or equivalents will be necessary and we will consider collaborative applications where strong evidence of teamwork is present. You will need to show how you will make good connections quickly into the
diverse creative communities of North Staffordshire and develop content that will engage people in many different ways. We may be able to coordinate training for a strong candidate who needs development in a particular area.

This is an opportunity to be at the centre of exciting, creative central web portal in North Staffordshire.

The editor post is funded for 2 years; the applicant must be self-employed and is fully responsible for tax and national insurance contributions.

Applications received until Friday 3rd July, interviews Monday 6th July 2009

For more information and application details please email: or tel: 01782 232542

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Herefordshire Digital Media Study Report

Attached is a copy of the final report of the Digital Media study which was completed by Worcester research on behalf of the Chamber of Commerce funded by the Rural Regeneration Zone of Advantage West Midlands. The research was conducted to find out the size, scope and needs of the sector in Herefordshire.