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

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Can Business Link Help You?

Business link have a range of support for the creative industries, you can find out what is available from the Business Link website:

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Training Funding Deadline

Are you a freelancer working in TV/Video? Are you looking to upgrade your technical skills? You could get up to 70% off your training course costs.  Deadline for applications: Monday 1st December 2008.
You could apply to attend a variety of courses for example: Motion, After Effects, Flash, Final Cut Pro and many more. Screen WM’s Focus on Freelancers can help you with information on where to go to for training as well as offering up to 70% off your course costs. Make sure your skills are up to date to help you secure the all important next job! Now is your last chance to apply all training courses must take place before 2009. To be eligible for the fund you must have been registered or have experience as a freelancer for a minimum of 2 years. For more information and to apply contact Katie Wilkinson
Telephone: 0121 265 7120
or visit the Screen WM website
Focus on Freelancers is part funded by the Skillset TV Freelance Fund
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Creative Launchpad

One of Business Link West Midlands enterprise support providers, offers a flexible service at no cost to you, helping you to get your ideas off the ground.
The scheme provides impartial, specialist enterprise support and advice for people working in the Creative Industries in the West Midlands.
Creative Launchpad can help if:

• You have an idea and need help setting up your own business within the Creative Industries
• You started your business in the last 12 months but now need help to grow and develop
Creative Launchpad offers
• 1:2:1 consultancy
• Support through email and telephone
• Tailored training courses and events
• Access to an informative website
• Information on funding, submissions, events. jobs, studio space much more...

Business Advisers are available throughout the West Midlands as part of their outreach service.
The current Creative Industry Sectors list is:
• Advertising
• Architecture
• Arts and Antique Markets (see also Restoration)
• Crafts
• Design (see also Communication Design)
• Designer Fashion
• Film, Video and Photography
• Software, Computer Games and Electronic Publishing
• Music and the Visual and Performing Arts
• Publishing
• Television and Radio
So if you think this scheme might apply to you or you would like more information call: 0121 224 7375/0845 3037375 or visit

Remember, if you have any ideas on how North Shropshire District Council can continue to help businesses, let Frank Lauriello have your suggestions on 01939 238417 or
Alternatively visit and follow links to the business section where you will find a wide range of business support advice and business related information.

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New vacancies at Alpha Design and Marketing!

Contract Web Developer:

This job will involve development and maintenance of Static and CMS enabled websites. This will involve working closely with the design team to execute quality content which will be interesting, accessible and scaleable. We are looking for someone who has great attention to detail, works well in a team, takes pride in their work and has excellent communication skills.

Key Skills: - XHTML, CSS - W3C web standards compliance - At least 2 years using PHP - SQL -  Flash/actionscript development a distinct advantage - Experience installing/maintaining CMS's - Ability to drive implementation of a project - DHTML/AJAX – XML

A relevant portfolio of existing work is required.

All applications and/or further enquiries please contact Brendan Foley at

Contract Art Workers / Mac Operators:

Supporting the design team, you will be responsible for producing print ready digital files on multi-page brochures, booklets and publications. You will be fully conversant with the print processes, working within guidelines and pre-set schedules. There will also be an element of page balance required, as will an eye for good typography. We are looking for people who have great attention to detail, work well in a team, take pride in their work and have excellent communication skills.

Naturally a good technical working knowledge of InDesign (or Quark), Illustrator and Photoshop will be a major requirement of this role.

A relevant portfolio of existing work is required.

All applications and/or further enquiries please contact Brendan Foley at

Vacancies at Remote New Media

Remote New Media is expanding and are looking to add full-time C# web developers and a talented graphic designer with experience producing work in print and on-screen to our small busy team.

Work will include projects for clients as well as our own marketing and web initiatives. Check out our website at to find out about our company and see examples of our work.

All staff are required to work in-house at our new studio 25 minutes from Shrewsbury, 30 minutes from Craven Arms, 45 minutes from Ludlow.

We also have an ongoing requirement for freelance designers and flash animators, so get in touch if that sounds like you!

Interested? Please email your CV, some PDFs or links to your best work, and your salary/freelance rate to, who will then provide you with further information.

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Creative Shropshire Christmas Dinner

Christmas is soon upon us and we have the Creative Shropshire Christmas Dinner on the 10th December at the Malthouse in Ironbridge.

Christmas Party Menu £19.50 per head

Minestrone Soup with pesto crouton
Ham Hoch Terrine with spiced apple chutney
Galia Melon fan with fruits of the forest berries
Smoked Salmon & Crayfish Roulade with lemon pepper dressing
Homemade Faggots with onion gravy

Traditional Turkey Dinner with roast potatoes and stuffing
Baked Salmon with bacon wrapped French beans & saffron sauce
Steak & Ale Casserole with whole grain mustard mash
Stuffed Aubergine with cherry tomatoes, fennel, olives and red pepper coulis
Grilled Gammon with bubble & squeak and honey mustard sauce
Roast Sirloin of Beef, red wine sauce, roast potatoes ( £1.50 sup)

Christmas Pudding with brandy sauce
Classic Vanilla Crème Brulee
Sticky Toffee Pudding with toffee sauce
Mint Chocolate Cheese Cake with white chocolate sauce


Please register your interest by sending a quick e-mail to

All members and partners welcome.

A small deposit and food choices will be required nearer the time.



The Adobe Creative Suite 4 Tour comes to Birmingham

Link for page below. 

Book your seat now to see the all-new Adobe® Creative Suite® 4 in action and learn how to create ground breaking work across every medium. Discover shortcuts for designing, building and distributing amazing creative experiences in every media – print, web, interactive, rich internet applications, video and mobile. All of our six suites have been enhanced with exciting new versions of your essential design tools. It’s going to be brilliant!

Who should attend?

Graphic designers, print professionals, production and layout artists, web designers and developers, interactive designers and application developers, cable and network broadcasters, post-production professionals, corporate and event videographers, independent filmmakers, visual communication trainers and educators.



9:30-12:00 CS4 Web Premium
Want to redefine the extraordinary in web design and development? By attending this session you’ll learn how to create the full range of digital experiences, including interactive websites, applications, user interfaces, presentations, and mobile device content, with Adobe Creative Suite 4 Web Premium software. Technology advances empower you to work across disciplines – from graphic to web to interactive design – and give you more creative freedom than ever before to deliver exceptional online content.

12:15-1:00 Presentation by Apple
Apple’s Richard West will be presenting the developments from the hardware manufacturer that have made it the platform that underlies the entire design and publishing industry. He will put forward the latest offerings from the company and the features, benefits and most importantly savings that these bring to the modern Photography, Design and Publishing environment.

2:00-4:30 CS4 Design Premium
This session is for designers who need to deliver high-impact designs for print, web and mobile media. Creative Suite 4 Design Premium software is the ultimate toolkit for crafting precise page layouts, achieving typographic finesse, creating stunning digital images and vector graphics, developing eye-catching web pages and rich interactive experiences, and producing them all with utmost fidelity within a single, unified creative environment.


9:45-12:15 CS4 Production Premium
In this session, we’ll teach you post-production techniques using our intelligent video solution, allowing you to plan, create and deliver anywhere. Master the production challenges of today and tomorrow with Adobe Creative Suite 4 Production Premium software, a tightly integrated pre- and post-production toolset for Windows® and Intel® based Mac OS systems. Use it for video and audio editing, still and motion graphics, visual effects, and interactive media, as well as DVD, Blu-ray Disc and mobile authoring.

1:15-2:00 Presentation by Apple
Apple’s Richard West will be presenting the developments from the hardware manufacturer that have made it the platform that underlies the entire design and publishing industry. He will put forward the latest offerings from the company and the features, benefits and most importantly savings that these bring to the modern Photography, Design and Publishing environment.

2:15-4:45 CS4 Master Collection
Attending this session will show you how to design across media. CS4 Master Collection combines all-new editions of every Adobe software tool you need to take on any creative challenge. Create visually rich content for virtually any media – print, web, interactive, video, audio and mobile – using the tightly integrated tools and services in CS4 Master Collection. From producing printed pages to distributing engaging content online, on film, on air and on device, you get the ultimate design environment to keep pace with your imagination.

 Featured products

  • Adobe Creative Suite Design Premium
  • Adobe Creative Suite Web Premium
  • Adobe Creative Suite Production Premium
  • Adobe Creative Suite Master Collection

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Mobile Sites from The Web Orchard

Smart phones such as the iPhone and Blackberry are becoming increasingly popular and often come with unlimited data packages allowing people to easily access the Internet from their phone. These devices have smaller screens and current websites often display poorly, organisations are increasingly investing in optimised versions of their sites especially for mobiles.

Mobile optimised templates often strip out fancy graphics, flash, tables and multiple columns so that your content is easier to read on a smaller screen. The Web Orchard can add a mobile optimised template to your existing site. We can then automatically redirect mobile traffic to your mobile optimised template so that the end user gets the best experience from your website.

You can view a mobile optimised website at on your smartphone.



Mobile sites start from £400 for existing customers.

For more information contact Peter White at The Web Orchard

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The Web Orchard to Offer Custom Timelines and Charts

Here at The Web Orchard we are always looking at better and more exciting ways of displaying your data which is why we are pleased to announce two new, easy to setup, ways to enhance your web site:

Timelines, give a unique view of your content in a familiar and recognisable way. These are perfect for displaying a history of content on your site or for displaying past events combined with the calendar for displaying future events.

You can view an example Timeline at

Charts, choose between bar charts, line graphs and pie charts to give visual excitement to your data. These can display stats from your website such as number of users joining, comments per day/week/month or your own custom data.

An example chart can be found at

Custom Timelines and Charts start from just £200 for existing customers.

For more information contact Peter White at The Web Orchard.

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Copyright theft nipped in the bud

Alpha was able to prevent a label design that they had created for a client from being used by one of the client's competitors recently - thanks to a fortunate sighting of the label before it was launched. "I was asked to attend a meeting at a company about 130 miles away," said Elaine Nester of Alpha. "The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the branding of a new product range. When I arrived at the premises I was shown into an office where there was a display of products including one which I took at first glance to belong to a client of ours in Shropshire.

On closer inspection I realised that the label on the product, whilst almost identical to the one we had designed almost a year earlier, had been changed in that this company's brand name was there in place of the brand name of our client." Elaine questioned the company about the origins of the label and the marketing manager freely admitted that she had taken Alpha's design to a printer and asked him to copy it. When Elaine told her that this was not permissible, the marketing manager deferred to her boss, the owner of the company, who asked Elaine to provide a quotation for designing a new label for them.

Realising that Alpha had designed the original label, he then claimed that he did not like it and that copying it was just a temporary solution. A quotation was issued, along with a quotation for a larger batch of work which was the original reason for the meeting. After a couple of weeks the company told Elaine that they were not going ahead with any of the work and that they intended to carry on using the copied design.

"They had changed their stance on the label, saying it was not a copy and that it differed in some respects, they had the right to use it and, worst of all, that they were customers of our client, as well as being competitors, so our client was unlikely to want to upset them," said Elaine. "At that point I decided to involve our Shropshire client," said Elaine. "They needed to know what was going on and I needed their support if I was to make a formal objection.

The offending company then tried to suggest that we were "causing trouble" because they hadn't given us the work but this was just a further demonstration of their lack of integrity. We, and our client, had to demand that the design was not used and issue a warning of legal proceedings. They finally backed down and said that the design would not be used."

If this copied label had been launched it could have caused substantial damage to the brand of the Shropshire client. Not only that but the other company had plans to roll the identity out over a wide range of additional products. Had it been an honest mistake and they had agreed to change the design, that would have been the end of the matter and no damage would have been done.

This just shows that unscrupulous companies will take work that other companies have paid for and pass it off as their own. Designers must flag up instances such as this and fight strenuously to protect their work.