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

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Shrewsbury 6th Form College Art and Design Show

The Shrewsbury 6th Form College Art and Design Show is a great place to see the up and coming talent from some of the best creative students in the region.
6th Form Show 2009
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UK Creative Industry to Drive Significant Growth in UK Economy

"Today’s figures point to the creative industries, and specifically the talent we have nurtured within it, becoming a key driver for the UK's recovery from recession."

With Oscar fever around the corner and with British talent expected to shine once again this Sunday evening, new figures released today from NESTA, the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts signal that the UK's creative industries will take centre-stage as a major, high growth contributor to the UK economy over the next five years.

NESTA's analysis suggests that between 2009 and 2013 the UK creative industries - which is responsible for films, music, fashion, TV and video games production - will grow on average at 4% - more than double the rate of the rest of the economy. By 2013, the sector is expected to employ 1.3 million people, likely to be more than the financial sector.

The optimistic medium-term outlook is primarily due to the opportunities for innovation as increasing numbers of creative businesses take advantage of digital technologies to develop new business models. This is illustrated by the digital distribution model which has been exemplified by the success of ‘iTunes'.

By 2013, there may be as many as 180,000 creative businesses in the sector, compared to the current number of 148,000. In the same year, the sector is expected to contribute as much as £85 billion to UK value added, up from £57 billion.

Jonathan Kestenbaum, NESTA's Chief Executive comments: ‘Today's figures point to the creative industries, and specifically the talent we have nurtured within it, becoming a key driver for the UK's recovery from recession.  However, we need to keep our eye on the horizon and drive forward 21st Century business models which are key to the future success of this sector.'

Today's figures also show that although gross value added (GVA) in the sector is likely to drop sharply in 2009, perhaps as much as 6 per cent, reflecting the general economic environment, the sector will quickly recover to show stronger than average growth from 2010 when it is expected to rise back to 3 per cent. The creative industries currently account for 6.4 per cent of the UK economy.

Source: NESTA 

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Post Production for High Definition course

Light House is now offering structured and bespoke continuous professional development in High Definition production techniques, which will enable UK based filmmakers and broadcast engineers to widen their skills base as well as allowing independent production companies to access this knowledge transfer at a competitive rate.

Mon 18 & Tues 19 May, 10am-4pm.

This 2 day workshop will consist of:

  • Operation of Final Cut Pro and Avid HD post production suites
  • How HD can affect editing styles
  • Colour correction
  • Exploration of the characteristics of the various HD tape formats

Applications for this workshop must be submitted by Friday 8 May.

Please note, this workshop is only open to applicants who have some professional experience of working in the film & TV industry and are heavily subsidised by Skillset.

Course costs: £105 + VAT, including lunch in Lock Works cafe bar at the centre.

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2009 Chamber Awards Open for Entries

2009 Chamber Awards: Now Open for Entries

The 2009 Chamber Awards, which celebrate the success and achievements of businesses around the UK, are now open for entries.

  • Awards are provided 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. Previous winners have experienced year-round exposure from participation in the awards programme, including appearances on TV.

The 2009 closing date for receipt of applications is 26 June 2009.

http://www.shropshire-chamber.co.uk

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Making Shropshire Stronger - responding to economic change

 

Tuesday 21st April 2009 

from 5:30pm - 7:30pm 

at 

Shrewsbury Town Football Club's ProStar Stadium

A light buffet will be served from 5:00pm. 

 

Creative Shropshire members are invited to this year's annual Shropshire Business Summit 2009. The topical theme for this important county-wide business event is "Making Shropshire Stronger - responding to economic change." 

 

This event will provide you with an opportunity to network with local business leaders and join a discussion on how Shropshire businesses can respond to the challenges which the current economic conditions are presenting.  The debate will be facilitated by Radio Shropshire's Eric Smith with a panel to include this year's key speakers, Mick Laverty, Chief Executive of Advantage West Midlands, and Alison White, Chief Executive of Business Link West Midlands. 

 

You can reserve your place by calling Helen Hunter-Hayes on 01743 252533 or e-mailing businessvision@shropshire.gov.uk 

For further details see the attached PDF file.

West Midlands IT Showcase 31st March

On March 31st, Birmingham's Millennium Point will play host to a one-off personalised IT event.

With a variety of Business Link and industry specialists on hand for the day, you will find a wealth of information on a range of topics including how IT can help you cut the costs of running your business, help your people work more efficiently and open up new business opportunities.

There's a programme of free seminars, live 'ask the expert' sessions and one-to-one business advice available, as well as a free exhibition.

Creative Shropshire member Ascendancy Internet Marketing will be taking a stand at the event and would love to see you there!

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Networking and Speaker Event - featuring BBC Radio Shropshire's Jim Hawkins

The first Creative Shropshire event of 2009 will start with networking from 7.30-8.30pm, then we will be joined by our guest speaker, local BBC Radio Shropshire presenter, Jim Hawkins.

Date: Tuesday 10th March 2009
Time: 7:30pm
Location: The Old Post Office, 1 Milk Street, Shrewsbury SY1 1SZ

Jim has worked at a variety of BBC and commercial radio stations including BBC Radio 4 and Century FM. At Century he won the Sony Radio Academy Silver Award in 2002 in the 'Interactive' category for what the judges said was "outstanding and very, very funny ...an almost placeless local radio programme, and very entertaining".
He was shortlisted for the 2006 Sony Radio Academy Speech Broadcaster of the Year Award.


Jim will be talking about his shows on the radio, and about his nearly thirty years in broadcasting. He'll also talk about the BBC, both in Shropshire and further afield. Jim will explain what they do and how they do it, with particular reference to how it can help and benefit the members of Creative Shropshire. Jim will be talking for about 20-25 minutes, then there will be a Q&A afterwards - so get your questions ready!

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NESTA Creative Business Mentor Network

Creative businesses are crucial to the economy, contributing £57 billion a year to UK plc. But those businesses with high growth potential often need specialised help. Which is why NESTA has set up a Mentor Network specifically for creative businesses in the TV production, advertising and digital media sectors with an appetite for growth.

The Creative Business Mentor Network is an opportunity for 20 creative companies to benefit from one-to-one mentoring with some of the most successful business people from the creative sector. The selected companies will have access to practical advice on the challenges of growing a creative business and be able to tap into their mentors’ years of business and industry experience.In short, they’ll help you find your edge.

http://www.nestamentoring.org.uk/

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Networking and Speaker Event - featuring BBC Radio Shropshire's Jim Hawkins

The first Creative Shropshire event of 2009 will start with networking from 7.30-8.30pm, then we will be joined by our guest speaker, local BBC Radio Shropshire presenter, Jim Hawkins.

Date: Tuesday 10th March 2009
Time: 7:30pm
Location: The Old Post Office, 1 Milk Street, Shrewsbury SY1 1SZ

Jim has worked at a variety of BBC and commercial radio stations including BBC Radio 4 and Century FM. At Century he won the Sony Radio Academy Silver Award in 2002 in the 'Interactive' category for what the judges said was "outstanding and very, very funny …an almost placeless local radio programme, and very entertaining".

He was shortlisted for the 2006 Sony Radio Academy Speech Broadcaster of the Year Award.

Jim will be talking about his shows on the radio, and about his nearly thirty years in broadcasting. He'll also talk about the BBC, both in Shropshire and further afield. Jim will explain what they do and how they do it, with particular reference to how it can help and benefit the members of Creative Shropshire.

Jim will be talking for about 20-25 minutes, then there will be a Q&A afterwards - so get your questuions ready!

To book your place, please e-mail sophie@lilacsky.co.uk. Spaces are limited, so please book early!

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Creative Shropshire SEO

The Creative Shropshire website is now being optimised to improve it's already good search engine rankings. For your business to recieve the greatest benefit from this you will need to have an effective profile on the site.

Over the coming week every member on the Creative Shropshire website will be contacted by CS member Helen Mitchell from Ascendancy Internet Marketing regarding the SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) work her company are currently carrying out. She will make suggestions regarding content and keywords to add into your profile and titles. It is important that you have up to date details on the website and a profile which fully reflects your business.