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

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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

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HM Revenue & Customs Business Advice day - 11th March

HM Revenue & Customs business advice team are holding an open day at Shrewsbury Town FC on 11th March from 10 am - 3.00 pm.

The daywill be focussed on helping new and existing businesses who might be interested to find out more about :

  • Income tax
  • Self-assessment
  • Vat & vat online services
  • PAYE

There's a range of seminars taking place throughout the day and people interested need to book on-line and should be directed to

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General Manager Opportunity

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.

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Marketing Bites Seminar

Friday 27th November
9.30am – 2.30pm
The Studio, 7 Cannon Street, Birmingham
Tickets: £40

With a changing media landscape and economic uncertainty, it can be increasingly difficult to know how to get the most out of marketing budgets.

This seminar, organised by Big fish recruitment, is your chance to get together with other Midlands marketeers for an insight into new opportunities from some of our industry’s key players.

Dave Hodgson
Managing Director of Marketing Birmingham

Mark Brill
CEO of Formation and Chair of the Direct Marketing Association’s Mobile Council

Simon Orpin

Creative Solutions Director of ITV
This is an informal, entertaining look at the year ahead. You’ll be enlightened, be inspired and network with the cream of Midlands marketing.

Tickets available now

Email here to make sure you get one of the limited spaces available for this very special event. The half-day seminar includes mid-morning coffee and a buffet lunch; plus the chance to win a subscription to The Drum.

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UKITA Shropshire Unplugged - Creating Business Through Business Link

Date: 23rd September 6.30 for 7pm

Speakers: Derek Lote - Business LinkStephen Rosser – Business Link ITAS Programme Manager.

Derek will present informally on the new ITAS system and also the Supplier Listing System for preferred and vetted suppliers for Business Link clients. He will describe how all this works and how we can create business opportunity with Business Link. He is ready for some very candid questions about different and important issues such as the relevance of Quality Marks etc. So come armed with your questions. This is your opportunity. I think this will be a great night and most relevant for our businesses.

Location: Cock Hotel, Wellington, TF1 2DL see: Link . Wifi is available.Date: 23rd September 6.30 for 7pm

Food: Fantastic Pork Pie(I mean it…) and Chips. Vegetarian sandwiches to order so let me know. £3.50 per person to cover food.

Entrance is free to Creative Shropshire members but please book in advance.

Further details here. 

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As a newly formed club Shropshire Speakers invites and welcomes new members from all over the county.
Having to stand up and deliver a presentation or speech, whether at work or a social event, is, for many, the number one fear in life.

Research shows that 71% of business leaders and an even higher percentage of the general public are terrified of speaking in front of a group of people. The fear of getting it wrong, forgetting your words, or being
boring can be overwhelming.

Well, help is at hand!
Whether you have to give presentations at work, speak to a group, deliver a speech at a wedding or simply want to increase your confidence, Shropshire Speakers Club provides you with the opportunity to develop your speaking and presenting skills.

You can learn the art of presenting, speaking and listening in a structured but warm and friendly environment. You are given support and feedback as you are guided step-by-step through the process of making a successful speech or presentation.

The club offers a supportive playground to build your confidence and practice your speaking skills with encouragement and constructive feedback.

Meetings are held on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month at 7.15pm at the Grays Inn Hotel in Telford just 1 minute off junction 5 of the M54 (eastbound). Just turn up at any meeting or for further details contact Alan Adams on 07980 222 441 or David Brookes on 01743 355099

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The Vendor/Client Relationship in real world situations.

I can't see how to embed video here but check out this amusing video which all potential clients of commercial creatives should be MADE to watch :)



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Art Show A Great Success

The Hit&Run Art Show held at The Mere at Ellesmere on Sunday 16th August was a great success.

Originally intended to be a small event the show became a whopper with fifty five creatives exhibiting their work to well over a thousand members of the public. Artists and craftspersons exhibited paintings in all media, sculpture in stone, metal wood and felt, ceramics and turned wood, salt dough and glass and a huge range of made wares.

Despite the deliberately local flavour (all of the creatives were local or regional and advertising for the show was predominantly by poster and through local media) the exhibitors report many sales and expressions of interest which look to be leading on to further contacts.

Sarah Stokes and myself organised the show under the aegis of the Hit&Run Art Co. (a company we formed to handle cheques for the show but an organisational name we have used for some years to pin to several small art events we have inflicted on Ellesmere.)  We had no budget and no experience of organising an event of this size. We have learned a lot over the six months it took to organise and hold the show!  However, we felt that there were a large number of creative people in the North Shropshire area that didn't talk to each other and that a show would bring them into one space and hopefully prove to be the catalyst for something bigger.  Over the last six months we have developed links with many creative people and a consensual goal: to make Ellesmere to art what Hay-On-Wye is to books.  A little presumptuous perhaps, but why not aim high?

We have had many requests from the artists to repeat the show next year and it looks like we will be doing so (after recovering form this one!)  If you are interested in exhibiting at the show please contact me either by leaving a reply here on the blog or by email me at:  and I will contact you with details as they become available.

See you on the flipside!