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.”
HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED WHAT THE STORY IS BEHIND THE ELSIE WHITELEY INNOVATION CENTRE?
6th September 2012
As part of the Halifax Heritage open days the Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre invites you to visit and experience our display. Come and learn more about Elsie Whiteley the fashion designer and textile entrepreneur, the Innovation Centre before and after renovation, and view some original Elsie Whiteley garments and photographs.
(Ha Smith and Anna Skyrzypecki with Elsie Whiteley's sons, Graham and Stuart Allan.)
The Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre exhibition is open now, from 8am to 7pm, Monday to Friday.
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.
ACCOLADES PILE UP FOR EWIC TENANTS LIMEHOUSE
13th June 2012
Last night (Wednesday 13th June 2012) welcomed the Chip Shop Awards night held at The Ministry of Sound in London. Creative Calderdale members, and Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre tenants, Limehouse won a People's Choice Award, and the Best Remake of an Existing Advert. The Chip Shop Awards are judged by a panel of respected international creatives, and the wider creative industry, making Limehouse's achievement all the more impressive. The members of the Limehouse team celebrated in to the early hours, marking another step for this growing Calderdale based business.
As if winning those two awards was not enough, Limehouse has also been named Business of the Month by the Mid Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce.
To see their award winning video, click here.
CREATIVE CALDERDALE PRESENTS TONY BROOK - THE FUTURE FOR DESIGNERS IN THE DIGITAL AGE
Creative Calderdale is delighted to announce that our headline speaker in June will be Halifax-born and internationally acclaimed designer and creative director, Tony Brook.
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 te 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 email@example.com.
To register, click here
10% DISCOUNT FOR CREATIVE CALDERDALE MEMBERS
24th April 2012
SmartPeople have convinced media expert Andy Drinkwater of the Press Association to share his secrets in three exclusive workshops.
The first of the three workshops entitled “Social media is all the rage, but what can it do for you and your organisation?” will be held on Tuesday 24th April (9.30am-4.30pm.)
This workshop will take a practical, down-to-earth look at social networks, how to use them and how to measure your success. The course will give delegates a clear understanding of the basics and equip them to start using networks in a planned and successful way.
Wednesday 25th April (9.30am-4.30pm) will host the second workshop entitled “Developing a PR Strategy”.
Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates once said “If I was down to my last dollar I would spend it on PR”. This endorsement alone seems to be a convincing enough argument for public relations, which is a much-misunderstood communication channel. Too often this misunderstanding leads to wasted expenditure and ineffective campaigns. This workshop will look in detail at how to plan a PR campaign, shape a PR strategy and write effective press releases that will be picked up by the media.
These days everyone’s a publisher. As the web becomes more accessible and easier to use, more and more people are expected to create and publish content. The final workshop entitled “Writing for the Web” will take place on Thursday 26th April (9.30-4.30pm).
This workshop looks at all aspects writing for the web- from news and feature stories to website content, blogs and social networks. It is based on sound media principles and an appreciation of the needs of the audience. Develop your understanding and the skills needed to create compelling, easy to read web content.
The venue for these workshops is The Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre, Hopwood Lane, Halifax, HX1 5ER. Each workshop is priced at £199, which includes a bistro lunch at the centre's Cafe No. 5. Members of Creative Calderdale are entitled to a 10% discount. If you would like to attend, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, or for further details on other training courses visit www.smartpeople.org.uk or call 01422 399 519.
CHANGING MEDIA LANDSCAPE DEBATED AT CREATIVE CALDERDALE
15th March 2012
“We are at the START of the digital revolution, not the end.” Was the stark warning from Head of Training at the Press Association, Tony Johnston at Creative Calderdale’s latest event.
Delivering a talk entitled; The Future of Newspapers and the Media to over 120 creative and digital professionals, Tony explored the challenges and risks facing today’s print media in an ever more electronic world. “It used to be the case that the World was reported through newspapers to the masses – now we live in a ‘me-sphere’ whereby we hear the news on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, through friends and our peer network way before it hits newsstands. The way we consume news has changed completely.”
In an industry where both readership figures and advertising revenue is dwindling for national and regional press, Tony focused on the need to explore and experiment with new business models for traditional print media. “Magazines work amazingly on iPads – they become a true thing of beauty – do newspapers translate so well? Maybe they should? I believe there will always be value in the ability to find the story – for a journalist to exist – but how we make money and make news pay is a real challenge for our industry now.”
The event at the Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre was the first of 2012 for Creative Calderdale and in addition to the talk by Tony Johnston, the evening included pitches from Calderdale Council, Quite Great Music PR and Phoenix FM as well as an exhibition stand from training provider; Smart People. Ha Smith, Business Development Manager at EWIC said: “We’re really pleased to welcome Tony to the Centre tonight – his talk has been inspiring and the sheer number of delegates attending is testament to the continuing success of Creative Calderdale. We can’t wait to bring more speakers like Tony to Calderdale throughout the rest of 2012.”
Creative Calderdale currently has over 600 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 creative and digital industries. For more information about Creative Calderdale, visit www.creativecalderdale.co.uk.
LIMEHOUSE ENTER THE CHIP-SHOP AWARD
Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre tenants Limehouse have entered their latest production in to the highly coveted "Chip Shop Awards". The production is a parody of the popular match.com advert, "Girl on a Platform Smiles".
TEMPORARY PART-TIME COVER REQUIRED FOR:
Marketing and Media Officer
(Post based at Hopwood Lane, Halifax)
Pay £6.25 per hour – up to 25 hours per week
Flexible working and generous paid holiday provision
Are you looking to gain or enhance your experience in your chosen careerof marketing and media?
We are looking for a motivated individual with the desire to build on their marketing skills and a passion for working with creative and digital companies as part of the Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre’s (EWIC) Creative Calderdale initiative. Creative Calderdale is the creative and digital industry network for Calderdale. Funded by CMBC and managed by EWIC, the network has over 500 members and holds quarterly speaker events as well as maintaining an up to date magazine style website.
Essential requirements include proficient use of IT packages to communicate and create, confident communication skills (verbal and written) with an eye for detail.From maintaining the database of contacts through to updating web pages and social media, you will be allowed and expected to use your initiative and focus to make a difference.
To discuss this opportunity please contact the Business Development Manager, Ha Smith, on 01422 339408
For an application pack please contact: Serish Majid on 01422 399400 or email email@example.com.
You may also collect an application pack from reception at the Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre, Hopwood Lane, Halifax, HX1 5ER.
Application forms may be returned via email or as a paper copy. CVs alone will not be accepted.
Closing date for final application submission is 12 noon Wednesday 29th February 2012.
BOOST YOUR MEDIA PROFILE IN 2012
The Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre (EWIC) 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 EWIC from 6pm. If you would like to attend, please register online as places, as ever, are limited and will be allocated on a first come served basis so don’t delay – register today!
For more information about Creative Calderdale visit www.creativecalderdale.co.uk
COULD YOU BE A BUSINESS MENTOR?
West Yorkshire Enterprise Agency is looking for business people who can share their experience with someone about to take their first steps into self-employment. The move is part of a new programme being delivered by the Agency for job seekers who have a business idea but need help to get it off the ground. Participants on the programme are paired with a volunteer from the business community who acts as their mentor as they prepare to start trading and beyond.
Guy Foster from West Yorkshire Enterprise Agency said: “We are looking for volunteers who can spend at least one hour every fortnight supporting a participant, whether you're a sole-trader, business owner or experienced professional, your support could make a huge difference to someone who is starting out on their own.
“This is a rewarding opportunity to share your first-hand experience with someone moving into self-employment as they write their business plan and start trading.”
To find out more about becoming a mentor visit www.mycci.co.uk/MYMentor
GENERATING SUCCESS FOR NIMBUSPOINT CONSULTING
Mobashar Shaffiq, is the latest entrepreneur to join the generator space here at EWIC as NimbusPoint Consulting. NimbusPoint specialise in cloud solutions on the Salesforce.com platform, providing out of the box CRM implementations and also bespoke solutions.
Outside of working directly with his own clients Mobashar also acts as an associate for larger Salesforce.com partners, helping them out with projects! The Salesforce.com platform provides extensive out of the box functionality that can help with both sales and managing your relationship with your clients. Standard features include:
• Lead Management and Conversion to Opportunities
• Account and Opportunity Management
• Case Management
• Standard Reporting and Custom
• Force.com Platform for Bespoke Solutions
For more information about NimbusPoint Consulting visit www.nimbuspoint.com
AWARD-WINNING ARTISTS REPRESENTED AT EWIC
Emma Ashcroft of Collective Elements represents award-winning adventure-cameraman Ian Burton (ianburton.co.uk). Burton filmed the Broadcast Awards 2011 winner, 'Climbing Great Buildings', presented by Dr Jonathan Foyle [pictured] and British climber Lucy Creamer.
Emma also runs a film company called Image Impossible as well as Paris-based record label, Satellite of Love Records.
"We are currently in the process of organising the funding of an Andy Kirkpatrick project", says Emma. "What will make it stand out from other climbing film projects is who Kirkpatrick is climbing with." Satellite of Love Records recent projects include working with Florence & the Machine and Bryan Ferry on recent re-mixes. The companies all fall under the banner of Collective Elements, along with Ashcroft Management Talent Agency.
For more information about Collective Elements visit www.collectivelements.co.uk
AiDC SOLUTIONS HELPING IN DISASTER RELIEF
AiDC Solutions have received an order from The British Red Cross Society for the provision of an Asset Management system which will be used to track valuable pieces of equipment. Items such as laptops and satellite phones will be covered whilst they are assigned to disaster response teams sent to help in the aftermath of natural or man-made disasters such as the 2010 earthquake which devastated parts of Haiti.
The solution includes the use of the latest wafer thin RFID tags which can be attached to equipment unobtrusively. These tags will hold data which can be updated in the field using hand-held computers showing to whom the item is assigned, its technical specification and maintenance history. These details will also be transmitted back to the BRCS head office in London over the internet so management can track how equipment is being used in the field.
For more information about AiDC visit www.aidc-solutions.co.uk
GET COMFY THIS WINTER
It may be cold, damp and grey outside at the moment, which means we don’t need much of an excuse to curl up on a comfy sofa. INK Digital are delighted to have worked with one of the UK’s finest handmade sofa company’s to produce a brand new website; www.lovelysofas.co.uk. The parent company, Saxon Leather who are based in Lancashire, wanted to extend production into a range of new fabric sofas, and following a competitive and rigorous pitch, INK were awarded the digital contract to produce an enticing and interactive site allowing visitors to create their own perfect sofa!
The lovely online experience gives the customer the ability to try out different styles of frame, with different fabric colours and patterns, right down to choosing a specific finish on the studs and the colour of the sofa legs! In addition customers are warmly invited to feel the quality of fabrics used and can request up to 6 free fabric samples. This facility allows the business to successfully capture data which can then be used for their future marketing campaigns. Throughout the site, helpful call to actions prompt the customer to continue with their shopping journey, and once a transaction has been completed, a succession of emails are generated which keep the customer informed of the progress of their order.
The site launched just before Christmas, and is already proving to be successful, with online orders being generated and a very healthy number of new users to the site increasing week upon week. Why not take a look at www.lovelysofas.co.uk and see what you’d like to curl up on this winter!
However, if you’re not looking for sofas, but feel your website needs a bit of a revamp for the New Year, or you’re not sure how to go about a bit of digital marketing, then give INK a call. “Even if we do say so ourselves, we’re pretty good at generating ideas on how to improve a digital presence across a variety of sectors and industries.”
Tel: 01422 399 431
NOMINATIONS ARE STILL OPEN FOR THE INSIDER DIGITAL AND TECHNOLOGY AWARDS 2012
Insider Yorkshire are calling out for a final for nominations for the Insider Digital and Technology Awards 2012. The deadline for entries in has been extended as the hunt for the region's brightest talent goes on. Go to www.insidermedia.com to nominate yourselves or nominate a company that you think deserves recognition.
The deadline for entries is now 7 February. Categories include Best Web Design Team, Best App, Best Use of Social Media and Best Use of IT Innovation.
Founder of Esteem Systems, Richard Doyle, will speak at the awards night at the Royal Armouries in Leeds on March 28 about his hopes for the future of the sector.
Doyle has had a distinguished career in the IT industry spanning more than 30 years and after selling Esteem in 2004, has continued to invest while also donating his time to an array of aspiring entrepreneurs.
Yorkshire Business Insider is providing a platform for Yorkshire digital & technology companies through the awards to demonstrate their expertise to business owners and directors across the region and encourage them to consult with Digital & Technology companies within the region before going elsewhere with their businesses. The ultimate aim of the awards is to drive business to the nominated and winning companies and keep the business in the region.
20% OFF TO ALL EWIC TENANTS WITH KINDUS
Security is often seen as a difficult problem – easy to overlook until it’s too late, and hard to know how to solve.
We all receive money from our customers when we complete a sale, but do we stop to think about the data we receive at the same time? Few businesses do, yet almost no successful business could survive without their data.
Kindus wants to show how security can empower your business to do better, build trust with customers and suppliers, and reduce the risk of plans being derailed by data losses and financial penalties.
Their team offers experience as well as enthusiasm due to their track record of running security functions and delivering secure systems for major international businesses, processing many millions of records every day- you know you’re in good hands.
Until now, it’s been hard to find the expertise you need to change this without a big-business budget, but we’re committed to changing all that and helping every Calderdale business do business securely and protect their customers.
Kindus are offering every EWIC tenant a free security review, plus 20% off our specialist small business security solutions if you need them.
TRUST CELEBRATES AGM WITH A VIEW TO THE FUTURE
20th October 2011
Halifax Opportunities Trust celebrated its 9th AGM last night (Thursday 20th) with a low-key event for staff, tenants and invited guests at Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre. The Trust is an anti-poverty charity based in the Park Ward area of Halifax and operates through the subsidiary companies of Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre and Hanson Lane Enterprise Centre as well as supporting the Jubilee Sure Start Children’s Centre.
The focus for this year’s AGM was ‘shaping a better future’ and how the Trust can work towards increasing the prosperity of families both in the Park Ward area and wider community. Chairman of the Board, Mohamed Aslam BEM MBE said: “Times have been hard. There is light at the end of the tunnel, but the tunnel is longer than maybe we first thought. What is important is to remember that we will get there.” He went on to praise the staff for their efforts throughout the past year. “The staff of done wonders with what little resources we have. It’s been a tough year but I would like to thank staff for making it all possible.”
Barbara Harbinson, Chief Executive of Halifax Opportunities Trust echoed the sentiments made by the Chair and went on to introduce the Trust’s latest initiative and guest speaker David Morrell of Marshall’s PLC. “We have made a small surplus this year – commercially it wouldn’t be seen as much, but we are not here to make profit, we are here to change the World. We are always looking for new and innovative ways to save families money and put bread on the table, which is why in the coming year we will focus on championing sustainability – some see it as saving the environment, but I see it as saving on each and everyone’s household bills and putting money in the pockets of families that need it most.”
The evening was concluded with a presentation from Head of Sustainability at Marshall’s PLC, David Morrell, who highlighted the importance of sustainable living and the difference each and every person can make in taking a step towards change. “We need to think about the environment and where we are going. The way we live our lives today is not sustainable going forward.” Information about energy awareness and how to reduce household bills was circulated to staff and guests and the launch of a new staff incentive focusing on energy monitoring was announced. Barbara Harbinson said: “Each and every member of staff can take the simple steps of signing up to our energy awareness scheme, receiving free monitoring equipment and by submitting the results of a few weeks energy monitoring; we will repay them with an extra day annual leave next year.”
After the presentations, guests enjoyed warm food and networking in the Atrium of Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre. For more information about the Trust and the work is does, please visit www.regen.org.uk
THE ART OF STORYTELLING
5th October 2011
An inspiring evening of animation was held at Square Chapel last night (5th October) as part of Creative Calderdale’s ongoing series of events. Guest speaker Barry Purves wowed the audience with his knowledge and passion for stop motion animation, recounting tales from his 30 year career in the film industry. From his early days at university when he strived to become an actor, to his time at the world renowned Cosgrove Hall films, Purves acknowledged: “Whilst I love to perform, direct, act and dance it’s not what I’m best at - I’m a story teller first and foremost. That’s why I love puppets, I love the spontaneity of a puppet – to feel them move and animate.”
Purves has worked on some of the biggest feature films and children’s programmes of the last 30 years including King Kong, Mars Attacks, Wind in the Willows and Postman Pat, but it is in his own film-making that he finds he can really express the true potential of his art and explore the possibilities of animation. During the talk, Purves screened excerpts from several films he had worked on including ‘Next’ from 1989 – the complete works of Shakespeare in a 5 minute silent film and ‘Plume’ (2010) a very personal account of the loss of his mother and the need to adapt in a world of animation more increasingly focused on CGI and new technology as opposed to the craft and art of stop motion.
Barry’s unique style of animation is both dark and dramatic and he puts this down to being obsessed with classics. “I don’t really take inspiration from other animators, except maybe Ray Harryhausen who animated classics such as Jason and the Argonauts. I just love the work of Steven Sondheim, for his ability to turn a scenario on it’s head and the choreographer David Bintley at Birmingham Royal Ballet, and I love the classics, Greek tragedies, the Trojan War and Shakespeare.”
To close the evening, Barry brought with him a puppet from his latest film, ‘Tchaikovsky’ which will premiere in two weeks at the London International Animation Festival. The film is a eulogy to the late composer and depicts the tragic life story of the genius behind works such as Swan Lake and The Nutcracker. He spoke about the relationship an animator builds with their puppets. “I get very protective of my puppets, they become real to me and if anybody goes to touch them or move them into a position I don’t feel to be natural it really upsets me. Tchaikovsky has taken a special place in my heart and I could never just put him away in a box.” All of Purves puppets are made by Manchester based Mackinnon & Saunders and cost in excess of £8000 to design and sculpt through a process that can take up to 3 months. The evening finished with an exclusive preview of the film, Tchaikovsky ahead of its international premiere later this month.
Over 170 delegates attended the evening and as well as enjoying the presentation from Barry Purves, were treated to a selection of complimentary hot food from Brighouse based caterers Food 4 Thought who supplied a range of food including pie and peas and both vegetarian and beef chilli with rice.
Creative Calderdale is a project funded by Calderdale Council and managed by the Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre and continues to bring world class speakers to the heart of Calderdale through its quarterly events programme and is supported by an online hub at www.creativecalderdale.co.uk. Over 500 local creative and digital businesses are members of Creative Calderdale and benefit from the support and collaboration opportunities the network provides. For more information about the project and to find out how you can get involved, please visit the website.
NEW HR COMPANY LAUNCHES AT EWIC
HR-change is an established company led by a qualified Human Resources professional with over 20 years experience of supporting organisation leaders and managers to address employment matters.
HR-change works with clients throughout West Yorkshire, including individuals, small businesses and multi-million-pound-turnover companies, to explore issues, potential solutions and mitigation or damage-limitation for possible risks and areas of exposure. Clients are assured of confidentiality and discretion.
Recently R-change have advised on an ET claim, disciplinary matters, performance cases and sickness absence issues. “One of our key strengths lies in our ability to provide up-to-date employment law advice and build a robust audit trail to support decision-making”, said Nicola Dixon, Director of HR-change.
With a head office in the Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre and associates based across Yorkshire, HR-change provide a responsive service for clients. Under the leadership of a Director with extensive knowledge and experience, HR-change is contactable by email 24 hours a day and available for advice and support by telephone and face-to-face up to 12 hours a day, 6 days a week.
If you would like to discuss an issue or commission services please contact HR-change via telephone: 01422 399 488 or 01924 577 488, or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
CUSTOMER SERVICE ADVISOR x 2 (TEMPORARY)
1st August 2011
Icarus Accident Management is looking for 2 new temporary Customer Service Advisors to join the team at their new offices in the Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre. The role requires:
- Excellent customer service skills
- Attention to detail
- Good basic computer literacy skills
This role would ideally suit someone from a background in customer service, telesales and or call centre based roles.
The successful candidates will be required to work a 37.5 hour week on shifts over the following days: Mon – Fri 8am – 6pm and Saturdays 9am – 12 noon. There is the option to take up flexi-time and/or scheduled regular shift patterns within this company. Payment for this role will be up to £14,000 p/a for skilled/experienced workers rising to £15,000 after probation. There is also a monthly bonus scheme in operation as well as scope for this role to become permanent for the right candidates.
Successful candidates will be required to start work either w/c 7th or 15th August 2011.
Interested parties should send their CV and covering letter direct to email@example.com
THE BIG SOCIETY COMES TOGETHER AT ELSIE WHITELEY INNOVATION CENTRE
19th July 2011
Council and community officials from across West Yorkshire and beyond came together at the Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre yesterday (19th July 2011) to hear a presentation from Locality’s Community Organisers programme. The event organised by the Halifax Opportunities Trust was aimed at offering attendees the opportunity to both listen to and question director of Locality, Jess Steele, on the Community Organisers programme.
The Community Organisers programme was created by the Government’s Office for Civil Society to encourage and enable citizens to play a more active part in their society. It aims to build and strengthen communities so they have the skills, knowledge and confidence to tackle local issues themselves. The programme involves recruiting and training 5,000 Community Organisers over its four year lifetime. These Organisers will work with local communities to spot opportunities, support ideas and identify local leaders. The work of Community Organisers will enable people to take action on their own behalf, rather than wait for the local authority or the government to take action for them.
Speaking about the event, Cllr Tim Swift, (Lab, Town Ward) said: “It’s been really good to get a dedicated briefing at this level.” Council officials from as far afield as Rochdale, Leeds and Bradford came to hear Jess Steele of Locality speak about community engagement and how local authorities can utilise the programme to become more effective deliverers of public services. Speaking after the event, Barbara Harbinson, Chief Executive of Halifax Opportunities Trust said: “Today has been really informative. It’s also attracted a really varied cross-section of public sector and third sector delegates from across the North which I think just highlights how important this programme is going to be and the shape of things to come in terms of community engagement.”
For more information about the Community Organisers programme, visit the Locality website at www.locality.org.uk
CREATIVE CALDERDALE CELEBRATES FIRST ANNIVERSARY
Tuesday 5th July 2011
The creative and digital industry network for Calderdale, Creative Calderdale, celebrated its first anniversary last night (Tuesday 5th July) at a packed event at Brighouse Civic Hall. Over 250 local business people turned out for the event, dubbed The Great Exhibition, to see some of the most creative and innovative work happening in Calderdale right now.
Of the 20 exhibitors showcasing their work, some of the stands included an interactive music studio from Calderdale College, innovative printing techniques from Simprint, fused glass from Tikai Glass and Wicked Gen Crafts and a pop-up shop from Todmorden’s Enchanting Wood. In addition, to the exhibition, guests were treated to performances from The Dance Mill and Manasimitra and a catwalk show from promotions and events company, Royle Events. The evening was opened with the screening of testimonial film featuring Creative Calderdale members and produced by the Halifax-based film company Limehouse.
Creative Calderdale is managed by the Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre (EWIC) and funded by Calderdale Council. The Business Development Manager at EWIC, Ha Smith, said: “Tonight has been a real success for Calderdale’s creative and digital community, the shear numbers here tonight show how needed and valued this network is for the Borough and also what a thriving local environment there is for creativity here in Calderdale.” Attendee, Douglas Main from Brighouse agency, The Bigger Boat, said: “A great evening and good to meet other creative's in the area. The Bigger Boat are looking forward to the next event!”
In addition to events, Creative Calderdale run a website at www.creativecalderdale.co.uk . The website offers members the opportunity to browse forthcoming jobs and projects, upload business profiles to a searchable business directory and ask industry related questions in the peer-to-peer forums. Creative Calderdale currently has over 400 members as well as a fast-growing following on Facebook and Twitter.
A testimonial film about the impact of Creative Calderdale is available to view here.
CIVIL SOCIETY NOT DUPE ABOUT TUPE
10th June 2011
Creative Calderdale was proud to host a packed event at the Elsie Whiteley Centre in Halifax yesterday (9th June). Around 50 delegates from across Yorkshire’s public and voluntary sectors came to learn more about TUPE, the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment). For most delegates, the event was a rare opportunity to try and understand legislation and practice around a very topical issue: the transfer of public sector employees into voluntary and community organisations.
The current economical climate of public cuts and political agenda around localism means many social enterprises and community groups are considering running threatened crucial local services, and the event organisers wanted to educate the sector around the opportunities and risks attached to the transfer of employees associated with that service.
The event was opened by Barbara Harbinson, Chief Executive of Halifax Opportunities Trust and board member of Locality, explaining she has tirelessly been researching TUPE on behalf of the civil society sector, and how pleased she was to have brought to Calderdale experts on the matter.
Robin Tuddenham, Director for Safer Stronger Communities at Calderdale Council, reminded all attendees that the Local Authority is keen to become “co-authors of a new script” and expressed full support to the development of new models of delivery and social capital in the district.
Matthew Gregson from Anthony Collins Solicitors, who delivered a presentation about the technical legislation around TUPE, was a very informative speaker and proved highly popular as part of the question panel. His advice was thorough and he identified the key risks around these employee transfers, mainly around inheriting pension and redundancy liabilities from the Local Authority.
Tony Dylak from Royds Community Association came over from Bradford to talk about his experiences of TUPEing employees in and out of his organisation. The pension liabilities for three members of his staff from a previous transfer are so huge they could make his organisation “technically insolvent” anytime, as it is currently impossible to predict your pension liabilities year from year.
The presentations certainly highlighted the risks presented by TUPE for third sector organisations. The two key pieces of advice were to start planning early, and to seek expert professional advice - albeit expensive as it could save millions of pounds in the future. Another way forward will undeniably be to enter into reasonable negotiations with transferring local authorities on contracts terms and conditions.
All four partners, Voluntary Action Calderdale, Anthony Collins Solicitors, Locality and Halifax Opportunities Trust, as well as delegates at the event, were impressed with the high turnout and the quality of speakers. Christin Bann from Eastmore Communications Project, Wakefield said "It's been an excellent presentation and is the most informative TUPE information I've had to date. The event was extremely well organised and love the venue."
The event was rounded off with fluid workshops for delegates requiring advice from the legal specialist, and the West Yorkshire Pension Fund. Sophie Michelena from Locality, based at the Elsie Whiteley Centre, is also offering one-to-one advice to support social enterprises, and will soon launch a six-month tailored programme of events for civil society organisations in Calderdale around topical issues such as TUPE.
BACK TO SCHOOL WITH NIK POWELL
7th April 2011
Creative Calderdale was proud to host a packed event in Sowerby Bridge on Tuesday night (5th April). Over 200 delegates from across Calderdale’s digital and creative sectors came to Ryburn Valley High School to meet, network and listen to a presentation from Oscar-winning film producer Nik Powell. Head Teacher at Ryburn, Honor Byford, opened the evening by saying: "Through creativity and teaching young people to take risks, we develop the innovators and entrepreneurs of the future."
Powell, who delivered a lecture about his 30 lessons of creative success, began his career in the late 1960’s founding Virgin Records with his childhood friend, Richard Branson. Originally a mail order catalogue for cheap and overseas records, the venture was instant success and led to stores and a record label releasing work by the likes of Boy George and Mike Oldfield. One of Powell’s ‘lessons’ was: ‘Everybody needs a bit of luck’ about which he stated: "It was luck that I grew up in the same village as Branson, and luck that we were friends - what we achieved with Virgin Records was to do something the other guys weren’t, meaning we sold records cheaper than anyone else could. That’s why we were successful."
After leaving Virgin Records, Nik Powell went on to form Palace Productions, an independent film production company that produced award winning films such as Company of Wolves, Mona Lisa and The Crying Game. It was during his time at Palace that he learnt another valuable lesson: Love Change. "You have to embrace change, accept it and be open to adapt. There’s no point scouting for a film location only to turn up on the day and despite it a bad location, forcing everyone to plough on through a days filming in a place that doesn’t work. You need the courage of conviction to recognise when something is wrong and change it." Another of Powell’s lessons was about risk. Towards the end of his time at Palace Productions and massively in financial debt, the company was committed to two films when Powell was given the opportunity to take on a third film. Knowing that it was a huge risk, Powell followed his instinct and went on to take on the third film, The Crying Game. It saw Nik bankrupt but also won countless awards including an Oscar for Neil Jordan’s screenplay. Nik said: "The Crying Game taught me the importance of recognising talent. Of belief in one’s conviction and being boss. There’s no shame in losing everything financially if you’ve done everything straight, we should remember that more in this country."
After Palace Productions, Nik went on to start Scala Productions where he produced films such as Terence Davies’ The Neon Bible, and classic British films such as Ladies in Lavender and Little Voice. Throughout his career he has been driven by passion. "People can say they are passionate about something, but I say you’re not passionate until I see you doing, not saying. There’s an old proverb that goes: Life is so short, the craft so long to learn." Nik Powell is currently director of the National Television and Film School in London as well as continuing his work with Scala Productions.
Creative Calderdale currently has over 300 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. The next event will be held on 5th July at Brighouse Civic Hall.
A BIG BOOST FOR BUSINESSES AT ELSIE WHITELEY INNOVATION CENTRE
22nd March 2011
Over 185 people attended Boost Your Business at the Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre on the 22nd March to seek advice on funding,marketing and support for business. 19 exhibitors were on hand to offer advice including representatives from Eastwood and Partners, Yorkshire Bank, Chartered Institute of Marketing, Federation of Small Business and Calderdale Council. Ha Smith, Business Development Manager at the Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre said: "Tonight has been a resounding success not only for us, but for the companies who’ve exhibited and those who've come to seek advice. It shows how vitally important and needed effective business support is – especially in the current climate."
In addition to the exhibition, seminars took place delivering vital information on the current business landscape, legal advice about pensions and social media marketing. Karen Wynard, Head of Corporate Service explained in broad terms the Workplace Pensions Reform due to begin being phased in over 4 years commencing in 2012. She said: "People are living longer and will live even longer in the future. This means that the cost of providing State benefits for pensioners in future is expected to increase drastically but there will be proportionately few workers to pay for them, potentially putting the State into an unsustainable position in the future".
Following Karen, Stuart McFarlane, Sector Manager for Yorkshire Forward delivered a well received presentation on how to do business under the new political and economic landscape. He commented; "The economic and political landscape continues to be uncertain. Business support will be delivered differently and there is still funding available in different forms and can still be fully utilised by small business" explained Stuart, he continued: "Public funding is complex and complicated and comes with many caveats and conditions but small business should not be deterred and should consult other business networking associations for support and guidance".
The third seminar came from Alan Lascelles from Business Link Yorkshire. Business Link Yorkshire will cease operations later this year as a result of a Government decision and will be leaving the business community on a high note knowing they have helped thousands of businesses across the Region and helped business increase their profits, increase their turnover and increase their customer base. Alan went on to say "we know that we have inspired, transformed, and given confidence to thousands of new enterprises from Halifax to Hull, from Richmond to Rotherham".
Finally, Stephen Hart of Eden Changes delivered a talk about the emergence and importance of social media marketing and explained the various formats available to promote business, how and when to use it and equally important what it can be used for. Stephen enlightened the audience by providing his key tip to forming a business relationship and furthering business, "be approachable and demonstrate your value to other people and feel good about giving away free information to others".
The event was sponsored by financial advisors, Eastwood and Partners and funded by Calderdale Council. For more information about future business events and networks, contact the Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre on 01422 399400.
FESTIVE CHEER AS TENANTS GET SET FOR CHRISTMAS
22nd December 2010
The annual Elsie Whiteley Centre Innovation Centre festive get together had a creative twist this year as tenants were invited to design and make their own decorations for the Centre’s 16ft Christmas Tree.
Over 40 tenants attended the event held at the Centre on Wednesday night, and there were last minute Christmas shopping opportunities too offered from the West Yorkshire Therapy Centre, Heritage Cashmere, Handmade By Alison and Little Valley Brewery. The take-up on the stalls was great and James Kay of Heritage Cashmere remarked that they did more business in the two hours trading at Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre than they do on a normal day at a trade fair. Hope that doesn’t spoil any surprises for Christmas from our tenants!
Staff at the Centre also laid out a table of blank decorations, glitter and glue and invited representatives from each company at the Centre to get their creative juices flowing in a competition to make the best Christmas Tree decoration. First prize went to Caremark for their red glitter and peanut adorned church bell, followed by entries from HFSA and Simply Paving! Ha Smith, Business and Development Manager at the Centre said: “Tonight has been great – the decorating table has been a real hit and a brilli