IMPACT UPON DIGITAL ECONOMY DISCUSSED AT CREATIVE CALDERDALE
4th October 2012
“Things are still changing so fast”, was just one of many points made by CIKTN’s Director, Frank Boyd as he delivered a brilliant talk to an enthralled audience at The Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre, with Creative Calderdale.
Frank’s talk entitled, The Impact of Convergence on the Digital Economy, was delivered to over 100 creative and digital professionals who were taken on a journey through the trials and tribulations facing creative businesses and the exciting opportunities coming their way. This involved discussing ways in which to produce compelling, convergent and transmedia content in both the private and public sectors.
Frank spoke of the importance of interdisciplinary collaboration, “getting the geeks to talk to the tv guys” as he put it, which would enable and encourage an agile and interactive approach. The changing media landscape was also discussed, with one particular mention that televisions are swapping places with phones and other devices as the “second screen” and how young people today are only taking around six hours per day to consume nine hours worth of media.
This event at The Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre, was the fourth event of the year for Creative Calderdale and in addition to Frank Boyd, there were exhibition stands from other businesses in Calderdale, and as local creative businesses rubbed shoulders and talked business whilst eating the finest Indian cuisine, carefully prepared by long established and award winning Halifax-based Syhiba restaurant .
Ha Smith, Business Development Manager at EWIC said:
“It was an honour to be able to welcome Frank to our event tonight. I am sure that all of the delegates have gone away inspired by Frank’s words, with fresh ideas in their minds. Once again, there was standing room only at this Creative Calderdale event, which just goes to show the continued popularity of the network.”
CREATIVE CALDERDALE PRESENTS FRANK BOYD
22nd August 2012
As one of the UK pioneers of digital media for over 20 years; Creative Calderdale is proud to present Frank Boyd for our October event.
Currently the Director of CI KTN, the Creative Industries Knowledge Transfer Network, Frank will deliver a talk on the impact of convergence on the digital economy, detailing the opportunities and challenges for creative businesses, and excitingly, will be also be announcing a new, government funded £1.8 million competition.
Pushing creative and technical boundaries since 1989, Frank has been bringing together leading experts from across the film, TV and interactive media sectors, to explore new ways to produce compelling, convergent and transmedia content.
He has worked in both the public and private sector, and has acted as producer, funder and trainer on a series of innovative, creative and economic programmes across the arts, broadcast and education, and in the UK, Europe, the US and Australia.
Now supporting the UK creative industries, particularly in the area of emerging technologies, through his leadership of CI KTN (which is funded by the UK government agency Technology Strategy Board) Frank will be offering £1.8 million to developers in a series of competitions and feasibility projects and will his talk will include more information about this and offer guidance on how to access these funds.
This event will run from 6pm-9pm, including registration, hot food and refreshments, and networking. It is free to creative, digital and cultural industry professionals. If you would like to join us at this event, please click here.
TENANTS TREATED AT THE ELSIE WHITELEY INNOVATION CENTRE
19th July 2012
Tenants of the Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre were treated to an evening of food, drink and entertainment to mark another successful quarter.
The food, supplied by Syhiba Restaurant went down a real treat, and the drinks followed suit. A pub-style quiz provided the entertainment for the evening, where tenants were split up in to groups to contest a prize. The eventual winners were INK Digital Agency. The tenants were then encouraged to network with one and other well in to the evening, discussing current projects and possible future collaboration opportunities.
The night was organised by Business Development Manager, Ha Smith; “It was great to see so many of the tenants joining in, getting to know their neighbours, and enjoying the food, drink and pub quiz.”
WHAT THE FUTURE HOLDS DISCUSSED AT CREATIVE CALDERDALE
26th July 2012
“There are more opportunities graphic designers now, than ever before.” Was just one of the many points made by the President of the Alliance Graphique Internationale, Tony Brook at Creative Calderdale’s last event.
Tony’s talk entitled; The Future for Designers in the Digital Age, was delivered to over 115 creative and digital professionals who were taken on a journey from the past of graphic design all the way to present day and beyond. This included a look at how technology has changed the graphic design industry, the drawing board has been replaced by the computer, the rotring pen has been replaced by the stylus, and the camera has been integrated into mobile phones. However, these technological advances are not overly liked within the graphic design community. Although, “if designers are to survive, they need to embrace technology”, says Tony Brook.
The vision that Tony had for the future of graphic design was one of cottage industries, and collaboration. This idea of collaboration, is becoming increasingly more important, as designers are collaborating with animators and film makers to satisfy the move away from print media, to online digital media. Therefore, Tony predicts that it will be those who are multi-talented who will be the stars of the future of graphic design.
This event at The Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre, was the third event of the year for Creative Calderdale and in addition to Tony Brook, there were pitches from Calderdale Council, Creative, and the Halifax Opportunities Trust, as well as exhibition stands from other businesses in Calderdale. Ha Smith, Business Development Manager at EWIC said: “It was an honour to be able to welcome Tony to our event tonight. The talk that he gave had the whole audience engaged throughout, which lead to a brilliant Q&A session at the end. There was standing room only, which makes a great testament to the growing success of Creative Calderdale, and we can’t wait to bring more speakers of Tony’s calibre to Calderdale.”
The catering for this event was kindly sponsored by Syhiba Restaurant, who have recently opened a new branch on Carlton Place in Halifax, with over 19 years experience in Sowerby Bridge.
Creative Calderdale currently has over 700 members from throughout Calderdale, and through its website and events, supports creative and digital professionals to encourage the start-up of new businesses in the sector, attract inward investment, and improve competitiveness of local and digital industries. For more information about Creative Calderdale, visit www.creativecalderdale.co.uk.
Creative Calderdale launched on the 8th July 2010 at the Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre in Halifax. Guest speaker for the evening was marketing legend, Trevor Beattie, and the event included exhibitions of Calderdale’s digital and creative industry professionals.
The Creative Calderdale project, funded by Calderdale Council and managed by the Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre, aims to undertake the development and operation of a creative industry network across Calderdale to encourage the start-up of new businesses in the sector, attract inward investment, and improve competitiveness of local creative and digital industries. As part of the project, Creative Calderdale has established a virtual hub for the network which will include on-line magazine, map based business locator system and secure log-in and members area.
The Creative Calderdale website will be a complete online resource for creativity here in Calderdale. By registering details with the secure online facility members will become part of our searchable database and facilities map, as well as being invited to fantastic networking events and get the opportunity to browse forthcoming invitations to tender, jobs and work being commissioned, as well as receiving our regular newsletters and updates.
TONY BROOK - THE FUTURE FOR DESIGNERS IN THE DIGITAL AGE
26th July 2012
As the UK President of AGI (Alliance Graphique Internationale) and founding partner of one of London’s top creative studio’s, ‘Spin’; Tony is more than well placed to share with us his thoughts on what the future holds for designers in the digital age. With an impressive line-up of clients that include, Channel 4, Nike, Levi’s and the Design Museum, Tony has won national and international awards in identity design, print, television and cinema graphics, web design, poster design and typography. He set up his acclaimed creative studio ‘Spin’ in 1992 and joined forces with Adrian Shaughnessy in 2009 to establish ‘Unit Editions’, a publishing company specialising in visual culture.
An expert in design, Tony also lectures nationally and internationally, is the external examiner for the MA Brand Identity course at the London College of Communications, and has recently curated ‘Wim Crouwel : A graphic odyssey’ – a major retrospective of the Dutch master’s work currently on show at the Design Museum in London. An exciting, charismatic and insightful speaker, this event will be essential for anyone wanting to ensure that they are one step ahead in a digital future.
The event is free to creative, digital, and cultural industry professionals. If you would like to attend this event please RSVP to Ha Smith or Michael Dalby at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To register, click here
THERE'S LESS THAN A WEEK UNTIL CLAIRE YOUNG REVEALS HER BUSINESS SECRETS
27th March 2012
The next Accountancy Extra event is next Tuesday (27th March) at the Elsie Whiteley Centre in Halifax. Claire Young (ex BBC Apprentice and entrepreneur), who has a wealth of sales and marketing experience will be revealing her secrets of business success to us. She has been described by Peter Jones as “A whirlwind of entrepreneurial energy", and this should be a "must attend event" if you are serious about growing your business in 2012
To register your FREE place, click here.
BOOST YOUR MEDIA PROFILE IN 2012
15th March 2012
The Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre is pleased to announce that the Creative Calderdale speaker for March will be Head of Training at the Press Association, Tony Johnston.
Tony will be delivering a talk entitled; The Future of Newspapers and the Media and will cover areas such as the technological challenges and opportunities, the role of social media in the news cycle, changing consumer habits and the Leveson inquiry into Press Standards. Tony is personally responsible for training journalists for the major newspapers and broadcast television channels in the UK. He is a specialist in the media industry and has a wealth of knowledge that he would be willing to share with creative industries who want to get an insight into how the media is likely to change over the next 18 months.
Whether you’re a budding journalist, freelance copywriter or just want to make the most of the media for your business, this event is a must if you want to boost your profile in 2012!
This event is free to creative, digital and cultural industry professionals and will take place on Thursday 15th March at Elsie Whitely Innovation Centre from 6pm. If you would like to attend, please register online at www.creativecalderdale.co.uk – places, as ever, are limited and will be allocated on a first come served basis so don’t delay – register today!
ONGOING, EXCITING EVENTS ARE PART OF THE VERY FABRIC OF THE ELSIE WHITELY INNOVATION CENTER, TO THE DELIGHT OF OUR CLIENTS AND VISITORS.
From major symposia and exhibitions to bespoke, leading edge courses on a range of business topics hosted by acknowledged experts, something fresh and imaginative is always on the horizon.
When we offer business support we mean what we say.
From Intellectual property through marketing and into International Trade, we cover all this and much, much more with details on forward events notified on our web site. You can also call us on 01422 399400 for all the very latest info.
ANIMATION GURU CHOOSES CALDERDALE FOR PREVIEW SCREENING
5th October 2011
Animation guru, Barry Purves, will take the floor at Creative Calderdale’s October event and share not only his vast knowledge and experience, but also treat audiences to an exclusive preview screening of his forthcoming film. The event is being held at Square Chapel Centre for the Arts on Wednesday 5th October 2011 and is free to attend for all creative, digital and cultural industry professionals.
If you don’t know Barry by name, you will certainly know of his work, from childhood classics like Postman Pat and Rupert the Bear, to Hollywood blockbusters like King Kong and Mars Attacks. Barry has also done numerous TV interviews, animation training courses, and documentaries. He has held workshops about animation around the world, including at major studios such as Dreamworks, PDI, and Pixar. Known as one of Britain’s most celebrated animators, his six films have won over sixty major international awards, including Grand Prix, Best Director, Best Film, and Oscar and BAFTA nominations.
Creative Calderdale currently has over 400 members from throughout Calderdale, and through its website supports creative and digital professionals to encourage the start-up of new businesses in the sector, attract inward investment, and improve competitiveness of local creative and digital industries. For more information about Creative Calderdale, visit www.creativecalderdale.co.uk.
COMMUNITY ORGANISERS BRIEFING
19th July 2011
Shortly the National Government Community Organisers Programme will be rolled out right across the Country. The Programme’s aim is to encourage and enable citizens to become more active in their communities giving them the skills, knowledge and confidence to tackle local issues of concern. The Community Organisers Programme’s remit is to recruit and train 5,000 citizen organisers over the next 3 years 500 of whom will be in paid roles. The Programme is being run by Locality, a national membership organisation with good representation in Calderdale and the Leeds City Region area. Because of these strong local links Calderdale Council and its partners have been able to arrange for the national Community Organisers programme lead, Jess Steel, to give a private briefing on this important new initiative to elected members and other interested parties.
This programme could be important for Ward Councillors in carrying out their work.
Please see the attached briefing sheet which gives further information and also contains useful web links.
The Briefing event will be on 19th July starting at 3.30pm at the Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre.
|4:00pm||Introduction and Welcome by Janet Battye Leader Calderdale Council|
|4:05pm||Briefing on Community Organisers Programme by Jess Steele Director of Enterprise Locality|
|4:25pm||Questions and Answers|
19th July 2011 3:30pm - 5:00pm
@ Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre, Hopwood Lane, Halifax, HX1 5ER.
CREATIVE CALDERDALE - THE GREAT EXHIBITION
5th July 2011
A celebration of all that is creative about Calderdale
Creative Calderdale is ONE, and for our first anniversary we’d like to invite you to celebrate with us all that is truly original and creative about Calderdale. There’ll be dancing and music and exhibits from some of Calderdale’s leading creators and innovators from the creative and digital industry.
Creative Calderdale launched in July last year, and since then we’ve seen our membership grow and grow. We’ve seen people work together to increase their sales, get new clients, start new businesses and win new commissions – that’s a lot to shout about, and you’ll get to hear from our members who’ve done just that on the night. If what we do sounds interesting why not take a few minutes to visit the website, join the mailing list or even sign up for membership, it won’t cost you a penny!
Of course, it wouldn’t be a proper celebration without some delicious food, drinks and cake! This event is free to creative, digital and cultural industry professionals. If you would like to join us at this event, or would like to exhibit, please RSVP to Ha Smith or Hannah Crank at email@example.com or on 01422 399408.
5th July 2011 6pm - 9pm
@ Brighouse Civic Hall, Bradford Road, Brighouse, HD6 1RS
For more information and to register for free as a member of Creative Calderdale, please visit www.creativecalderdale.co.uk
BOOST YOUR BUSINESS EVENT
22nd March 2011
The Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre is pleased to announce they will be hosting a dedicated Boost Your Business event at the Centre on the 22nd March 2011.
Over a dozen agencies will be in attendance to offer guidance and support on starting, building and growing your business during 2011. There will also be dedicated seminars covering up to the minute information on using social media as an effective business marketing tool and advice on important mandatory legal changes in the coming year.
If you want to futureproof your business, we'll show you how.
This free event starts at 5:30pm and runs until 8pm.
Hot food and refreshments will be provided.
For more information, and to reserve your place, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
22nd March 2011 5:30pm
@ Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre, Hopwood Lane, Halifax, HX1 5ER.
CREATIVE CALDERDALE LAUNCH AT ELSIE WHITELEY
5th July 2010
The Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre are proud to announce they will be hosting the launch night of the Creative Calderdale initiative with a fabulous guest speaker, exhibition and networking event during the week commencing 5th July 2010.
The Creative Calderdale project, funded by Calderdale Council and managed by the Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre, aims to undertake the development and operation of a creative industry network across Calderdale to encourage the start-up of new businesses in the sector, attract inward investment, and improve competitiveness of local creative and digital industries.
As part of the project, Creative Calderdale will be establishing an online hub for the network which will include a secure log-in and members area with exclusive content, on-line magazine, map based business locator system and a comprehensive searchable database of all the creative industries currently operating in Calderdale.
Further details for the launch event to follow.
BE INSPIRED WITH... LINDA BARKER
4th March 2010
Thursday 4th March
As reported by The Halifax Evening Courier:
Linda Barker tells her story of success
Published Date: 10 March 2010
MORE than 80 business people were in Halifax to hear celebrity interior designer Linda Barker share her success story.The event held at the Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre was organised by the centre and Business Link Yorkshire.
Born and raised in Shelf, Linda took an art foundation course at Percival Whitley College but unsure on the next career step and in need of paying the rent, she joined an airline as a cabin crew member.
She began decorating in her own home and then would help friends with their furnishings in her spare time.
A few years later she moved to London and it was there that her work caught the eye of a magazine editor and she started writing for interior-design magazines. That gave her a break with Changing Rooms – a format that ran for 10 years.It was this that helped her create the Linda Barker brand for interiors. She created a new interior furnishings mail order catalogue and website – Really Linda Barker.
"Changing Rooms changed the way that people thought about me, and the way that I thought about myself," said Linda.
"I really have to pinch myself to realise just what I've achieved.
"For me, success has come from seizing every opportunity.
"If opportunity comes your way you have to grab it with both hands and not let go."
Linda's tip for success was to have a tangible product behind a brand and match customer expectations.She added sticking to a business plan was key, as well as seeking professional advice when needed.
HOW CREATIVE IS CALDERDALE
10th September 2009
10th September 2009
As reported by The Halifax Evening Courier:
CALDERDALE'S creative businesses need to shout up about their work.
That was the message delivered by BBC Look North's Christa Ackroyd, the keynote speaker at Creative Calderdale, a networking event that attracted around 100 people to the Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre. "I think we are a bit quiet in Calderdale. One thing lacking in Halifax is the confidence to shout."Her address came as the findings of a study commissioned by Calderdale Council to map the borough's digital and creative businesses was revealed. Ask Strategic Marketing and Research was given the job of discovering what support the sector both needed and wanted.
Since the last survey in 2003, there had been a 50 per cent increase in the number of firms – to 1,433 businesses – which now make up 20 per cent of all businesses in Calderdale.The findings of the survey will be used to help the sector grow and prosper.Christa, who came to Halifax and worked for the Courier 34 years ago, said it was up to Calderdale to make the change.She added the Piece Hall, if successful in its funding bid for a major revamp, could underpin that. "If the Piece Hall happens the town will buzz, "All you creative people can then use that buzz. "We have the most unique building in the world. Why are we not shouting about it?"
David Moore, head of Calderdale Council regeneration, said the growth of the creative sector would open up opportunities for the local economy.The sector now represents 11 per cent of the Yorkshire region's digital and creative sector. He said the key was for the private and public sectors to work together to drive it forward. He said plans for the Piece Hall, including possibly turning the top floor into an incubator for start-up businesses, would nurture the sector.
Companies told the meeting they wanted help from the council with marketing as most, being small firms, didn't have the time or funds to invest in it. Others asked for a clear package of business support from the council. Susan Kenyon, of Ask Marketing, said 78 per cent of businesses surveyed wanted an online portal to bring them all together.
The Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre was hailed as a beacon for creative collaboration and business success.
17th June 2009
17th June 2009
As reported by the Halifax Courier.
COMPANIES were given an in-depth insight into how to protect their work and ideas.
The latest Innovative Calderdale event at the Elsie Whiteley Innovative Centre, invited the national Intellectual Property Office to explain copyright, designs and trademarks to businesses. Nearly 80 companies attended the packed event, coming from within Calderdale as well as Leeds and Hull. Elsie Whiteley's business development manager Ha Smith said: "We are an innovation centre so we see it as our role to encourage innovation within the centre and wider afield, facilitating this process by bringing in guest speakers in the field. Intellectual property (IP) is a really hot topic when it comes to innovation - from protecting ideas or creativity to trademarks."
The IPO is the body to go to for registering intellectual property rights - for example a trademark, a patent on a new invention and copyright. Gary Townley, IPO business events manager, said: "Most small to medium sized businesses are unaware of intellectual rights and the value to the company so our role is to raise that threshold for companies to make an informed decision. "You don't have to protect but it adds value to the business." He added copyrights and trademarks are popular themes at the moment. Mr Townley said unless otherwise agreed upon at the start, a commissioned photographer or website designer owns the work. "It's always best to look at things before you start rather than get cut out at a later date," he said. People were surprised to know trademarks can be checked easily online for free. And many didn't know it costs only £200 for a UK trademark which lasts 10 years.
The IPO was so impressed with the centre it is hoping to hold its IP awareness event there in October. John Millar, research and development manager at Yorkshire Forward, was also at the event to update businesses on the range of grants, loans and other support available for innovation
I would just like to thank you very much for inviting me to the event on Wednesday night, which I enjoyed and found extremely useful. A lot of hard work must go into organizing the evening and I thought it was excellent.
Pam Stevenson, Owner, Jewellery By Design
Being an organiser of B2B Conferences, networking at the appropriate events is a must for our business. I use the term ‘appropriate’ as there are many about at this time and the secret to a successful event is to attract like-minded individuals and offer them specific, relevant content.
Innovative Calderdale, in my opinion and experience, draws in speakers and delegates who are all passionate about improving the processes within their businesses and thus are keen and open to meet and learn from other individuals present.
Time is tight for most and I know that attending Innovative Calderdale is a good investment. I have always left with valuable contacts and information for my business. The food is spot on also…..!
Danny Matharu, Director, Hillrich Ltd
I enjoyed it all! It was very interesting, many thanks!
Sophie Allott, Director, GO Venue Finder
If you would like to view these presentations, please click below:
Click here to download Intellectual Property Presentation
Click here to download Funding Opportunities Presentation.