Argyll Enterprise Week - XpoNorth on the Road - 4th November 2016
Argyll Enterprise Week - XpoNorth on the Road - 4th November 2016

Argyll Enterprise Week - XpoNorth on the Road - 4th November 2016

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Argyll Enterprise Week - 4th November 2016

XpoNorth on the road

A packed day of panels, presentations and chat looking at how to make a success of your creative career.  This one day version of XPONORTH offers the chance to meet a range of industry specialists, look at a range of challenges and opportunities and put your own questions forward.  

XpoNorth is Scotland’s leading Creative Industries festival; a unique conference, networking and showcase event, held annually in Inverness.  If you work or want to work in Creative Industries, it is the pace to be, with almost 2,000 delegates attending, from around the world, it is an opportunity to meet the world’s leading industry figures and buyers, as well as a wide range of businesses from across Scotland and further afield.

XpoNorth is also a creative industries network that provides support and help on behalf of Highlands and Islands Enterprise.  All year round this network supports people across the Highlands and Islands to achieve their goals in the fields of screen, broadcast, gaming, writing, publishing, design, craft, fashion, textiles and music.

Find out more about how the network can help you and what XpoNorth has to offer.  (

All free, the sessions are open to any level of experience.  Whilst the different sessions available are aimed at specific parts of the Creative Industries, the content of the sessions is still very relevant to anyone regardless of what your creative passion is – crowd funding, looking at the challenges and opportunities of a rural base, licensing content amongst others. 

All sessions can be booked individually, or for the enthusiasts, book for the day!

10.30 -11.00: Creative Scotland – Support and the new Creative Industries Strategy

Helena Ward, Creative Industries Manager at Creative Scotland

Creative Scotland is the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries across all parts of Scotland on behalf of everyone who lives, works or visits here.  Helena will give a presentation on their new Creative Industries Strategy, and how they can help your business. 

Helena manages Creative Scotland’s work in the creative industries, focussing on the sectors of design, architecture, craft, fashion and textiles. As well as sector development, her work covers advocacy, brokering and investment. Before joining Creative Scotland, Helena was a manager at TRC media for five years, working primarily with Channel 4 and the BBC on talent development and access to international markets. Prior to this, Helena managed the creative industries economic support at Scottish Enterprise Glasgow for six years. She also spent a couple of years in fundraising at Barnardo's Scotland in Edinburgh. Helena started her career in account management in the advertising industry working in London at BSB Dorland and Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO, and then in Edinburgh at The Leith Agency and Faulds Advertising.

Aimed at anyone interested in what support might be available form Creative Scotland or what their current priorities and plans are. 

11.00–12.00: Making it Here - Running a Successful International Craft Business from the Highlands & Islands

Hosted by Helen Voce 

  • 5 min show two of Making Place. Place Making films and pick on the Maker’s story post London Design Festival
  • 25 min in conversation
  • 5 min pick up on where next

In conversation with Melanie Muir.
Helen Voce will discuss Melanie's international career, covering her participation in high level shows, the development of her online training programme and international workshops.

Melanie Muir is an award winning contemporary jewellery designer and international teacher working in polymer. She is based in Moray but travels the world to share her techniques via classes and workshops. Melanie also exhibits her work nationally and internationally including SOFA Chicago and the London Design Fair.

Aimed at any form of craft business, or people working in textiles, the session also offers useful insights into running any small business from a rural location.

12.00–13.15: Skills for Strategic Design Consultancy

Iain Aitchison - Glasgow School of Art - Programme Director at the Institute of Design Innovation

Research shows that there is a direct link between design and better business performance. As a result , designers skills are in demand not only for traditional design work, but increasingly in a wide range of strategic roles advising on business processes to decision making.

Following on from the ‘Beyond the Logo’ panel discussion at this year’s XpoNorth, Iain Aitchison will share his perspective on the top skills designers need to take on more strategic roles. From being able to frame complex problems and synthesise disparate information, to facilitating multidisciplinary decision making or developing your own design brief, Iain will share his top tips from over a decade consulting to top global firms including Bacardi, British Gas, Lenovo, Mars, Samsung, Unilever, Wrigley’s and Yamaha Motors.

This discussion session is aimed at designers who may be interested in broadening their roles, looking to better understand how design can help develop their own ideas, or aspiring designers.

The session is aimed at designers, but it will be valuable for anyone wanting to see how their creative skills can be applied to providing services to non-creative businesses.

13.15-14.00: Lunch break

14.00–14.45: PRS for Music - Duncan McCrone and Nick Edwards

Duncan McCrone, Scottish Manager, PRS for Music: PRS for Music is the home of PRS and MCPS, representing the rights of over 118,000 members.  We license organisations to play, perform or make available copyright music on behalf of our members and those of overseas societies, distributing the royalties to them fairly and efficiently.  We promote and protect the value of copyright.  Whether a musician looking at how to license your music, or someone looking to use the music in your own product – film, game etc – a chance to find out exactly how to do this legally.

Nick Edwards (Digital Music Licensing Manager at PRS for Music) and Duncan McCrone (Senior Manager-MCPS Scotland) will deliver a session offering attendees a broad overview of the role of collection societies with a particular focus on digital licensing and what this means for music users and copyright owners.

14.45–16.00: DIY: Self-publishing and Crowd Funding

Ben Galley, Dark Fantasy Author & Self-Publishing Consultant

Join Ben Galley, self-publishing consultant and successful crowdfunder in this session to hear all about how to raise money through the crowd and you’ll be introduced to a variety of different crowdfunding options open to writers. After that, Ben will show you how to give your crowdfunding project the best chance of success, and how to build a supportive fanbase before you’ve even launched your book. Find out more about Ben at

Aimed at writers, but the session will offer valuable information about crowdfunding and how it works for anyone looking to raise finance.

16.00-17.15: Children's Books Now - Insights, Experiences and Top Tips! 

With award-winning (Highlands) writer Barry Hutchison, and innovative children's book publisher (Argyll) Lorna Freytag of Hey Wow.

In this session, award-winning writer Barry Hutchison and innovative publisher Lorna Freytag (Hey Wow) introduce us to their highly original and engaging work, and give insights into the contemporary children's book market and writing for children across different digital and print platforms - and, of course, both Barry and Hey Wow work from the Highlands and Argyll. The session will be an informal introduction with plenty of time for questions and answers, suitable for anyone working in or wishing to work in children's publishing and writing.

17.15–18.30: BBC: The Social

Anthony Browne, Executive Producer, Social Media, BBC

BBC The Social is a digital content stream featuring creative people from all over Scotland. Delivered across multiple social media channels The Social showcases the talents and passions of emerging digital content creators across Scotland.  The Social offers a fantastic opportunity to showcase your work and potentially find like-minded people to work with.

In this session you will learn more about the origins of The Social, how it is developing and how you can get involved.

Anthony Browne has been involved in creating virtual communities and online marketing since 2001.  He currently works for the BBC, creating and implementing a social media strategy for BBC Scotland across TV, Radio and Online, which generates 2.5+ million interactions with 2+ million unique users and with a reach of 7+ billion.  He also leads a team of 6 digital producers and researchers working on The Social.  

This is relevant to anyone who can work their phone’s video camera and wants to highlight what their creative skills are.  Predominantly for under 35s.

18.30–19.45: Music placement across Multimedia

This insightful and interactive session will look at music placement across the multimedia industries, offering a practical perspective on how music supervision works across the TV, film, advertising and gaming sectors. If you’re a creative looking to use music on any of your projects, this event will cover everything you need to know.


Mark Allen

Mark is a Music Supervisor/Creative Director at ThinkSync Music, an independent music licensing, supervision and placement service for visual media. Mark’s role includes placement of commercial tracks within the UK trailer and TV promo world. ThinkSync has a global outreach with recent film trailer projects including Man Up, placements for E4’s Glue, Brooklyn Nine-Nine and syncs for NCIS. 

Joe McAlinden

Joe is a classically trained singer-songwriter who writes and records music from a studio in Argyll.  His band, Superstar, were signed to Creation Records in 1992 by Alan McGee and released seven albums in eight years.  He has played/written/collaborated with Rod Stewart, Teenage Fanclub, Big Star/Alex Chilton, novelist Alan Warner and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. He has also composed music for Channel Five, Disney ABC, Sky One, Sky Sports, Sky HD and Vodafone.

Connie Farr

Connie founded ThinkSync Music over a decade ago as a leading one-stop music consultancy and licensing service for the visual media industries. Her recent projects include the award-winning 45 Years and the upcoming adaptation of London Fields. She is also the out-of-house Music Supervisor at the UK office of movie services house, Ignition Creative.

This is aimed at musicians and composers, and also at anyone who is looking at how to use music in their own film productions, corporate videos, etc.

All speakers are available for one to one meetings as well as Jeni Oliver (International Executive, Creative Industries), Iain Hamilton (HIE Head of Creative Industries) and Caroline Parkinson (Sector Engagement Executive) Interface – working to stimulate innovation with groups of creative practitioners and academia.

Creative Industries Network managers, Amanda Millen, Alex Smith, and Kate Hooper will also be available for a chat. Please find below further information about our Creative Industries Network managers.

XpoNorth Crafts/Fashions/Textiles and XpoNorth Writing and Publishing

Supported by Emergents, the network which co-ordinates HIE industry networks for craft, fashion and textiles as well as writing and publishing. It is managed by Pamela Conacher and Peter Urpeth, who both bring extensive experience in their respective fields of craft, fashion and textiles, and writing and publishing, to XpoNorth. Peter can be contacted on, and Pamela on You can find out more on and you can be regularly updated on events and opportunities by registering for the Emergents/XpoNorth Writing & Publishing newsletter by visiting:

XpoNorth Screen and Broadcasting

ScreenHI is headed up by Amanda Millen, who is also director of XpoNorth. ScreenHI is the Screen and Broadcast Industry Network for the Highlands and Islands and has been operating for four years. It offers experiences, job opportunities and industry networking to screen and broadcast businesses in the Highlands & Islands. Amanda can be contacted on, you can find out more on

XpoNorth Music

Managed by former goNORTH music producer Alex Smith along with the team at Ironworks Venue. It has been established as the new Music Industry Network for the Highlands and Islands and will be delivered by Ironworks Group. The 2014 festival showcase schedule in Inverness included much-lauded emerging artists such as Neon Waltz, Baby Strange, Ella The Bird, Hector Bizerk and Broken Records. Alex can be contacted on, you can find out more on

Kate Hooper: Senior production manager at the GSA’s Institute of Design Innovation.

Through the Design Network the GSA and HIE are collaborating to support a flourishing design community in the Highlands and Islands, It will link communities and businesses in the region into national and international design expertise and design research. Kate can be contacted on

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