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Welcome to the Factory: Assembly, a one day creative gathering brought to you by CidaCo as part of the North Staffordshire Creative Industries Business Development Project.
Factory: Assembly invites creative and digital businesses to unite to hear about the latest trends and developments in new markets, new opportunities and how to grow their creative business, collectively, interactively and creatively.
This free prestigious event will be held at the Victoria Hall, Stoke-on-Trent on 21 November 2013
So, step forward and open the Factory Door!
Victoria Hall, Bagnall St, Stoke-on-Trent ST1 3AD - Thursday, 21 November 2013
09.00 - Registration and Coffee.
09.30 - Chair: Welcome, context and introductions - Anamaria Wills, CidaCo
09:40 - Welcome: John Holmes, Stoke on Trent City Council
09.45 - From market stalls to MBEs: Tatty Devine
Hear the amazing creative journey of award winning UK designers Tatty Devine: Rosie Wolfenden MBE and Harriet Vine MBE will talk through their journey and the highs and the lows and the joys of being your own creative boss
10:45 - Factory Shop:
From 1948-2013 the NHS has transformed how it delivers its service, offering unique and bigger commercial opportunities for the creative and cultural sector to exploit. From digital technology to community engagement, the landscape for creative commercial services has been transformed. Hugh Evans Programme Director for Cross Economy Programme in North Staffordshire will host a panel including a NHS commissioner and creative and cultural companies developing new markets in this area.
- Marcus Warnes Chief Operating Officer North Staffordshire CCG
- Geoff Rowe CEO of Big Difference Company and Director of Dave's Leicester Comedy Festival
- Melissa Nurcombe, Head of Marketing, Digital Life Sciences
11:45 - Coffee Break
12:15 - The Next Big Thing; Laura Wellington
As a young Leeds based entrepreneur Laura was an award winning designer on the BBC's Britain's Next Big Thing. She now runs Duke Studios, the pioneering studio for creatives; a new concept in creative co-working and collaboration. Turned down repeatedly by the banks for being too young, she now has over 30 tenants and the space and the services grow every day, creating an innovative new creative talent pool within Yorkshire.
14:15 - Factory Boardroom
Choose the board room for your sector and spot what future trends, markets, challenges and opportunities are facing your creative business
• Digital Media
15:15 - Tea Break & Networking
15:30 - FACTORY Workshops
Understand how to embrace your passion and creativity to unleash your business potential; learn to love data; take care of the planet whilst taking care of your profit; and 'we're all global now' - how to put your business on the world stage and make your creative business fit for the 21st Century
* Please select one of the following Factory Workshops when you register:
- Big/Open Data, with Simon Whitehouse (Data Unlocked)
- Commercialisation, with Keith Arrowsmith (Creative & Media IP specialist, JMW Law)
- Environmental Sustain-Ability, with Teo Greenstreet (Case for Optimism)
- International markets, with Christine Losecaat (UKTI)
We will do our best to allocate a place for you in the session of your first choice but this is subject to availability.
16:30 - FACTORY Whistle - Plenary – facilitators report back on key findings and actions
17:00 - Close – Chair Anamaria Wills
The Factory is a new business development programme specifically designed to support the creative sector in Stoke-on-Trent. Working in partnership with Staffordshire University, Burslem School of Art and North Staffordshire Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Factory project will offer small and medium enterprise (SME) creative businesses an array of specialist support, guidance and advice in core areas of business development. If you are not yet signed up to the Factory project and would like to learn more about it, please contact the Factory team via email firstname.lastname@example.org or tel (01782) 231586
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
Victoria Hall is situated in Stoke-on-Trent City Centre (Hanley), easily accessible from the M6, junctions 15 and 16, and from the A50. M Follow the prominent brown tourism signs for the Cultural Quarter and then Theatres. Ample secure parking nearby (eg, John Street car park - the entrance is located on Bethesda Street opposite the City Central Library and the exit is on John Street.)
The Victoria Hall is situated next to the city centre bus station.
Frequent trains to Stoke-on-Trent from towns in the surrounding area. Stoke-on-Trent railway station is a 10 minute bus ride or taxi drive away.
Where can I find more information about this event?
Please visit our website - http://cidaco.org/factory-assembly/ - for the latest programme, speaker details, etc. If you have any queries about booking, please contact us by telephone (0113 373 1754) or email (email@example.com)
When & Where
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