Investing a total of £3.2 million to support creative businesses across the South West, the Creative Industries iNet is driving forward new projects to raise the profile of the South West’s creative sector globally. The iNet is a part of Solutions for Business, funded with £1.4 million from the South West European Regional Development Fund, and led by South West Screen.
An experienced project and business leader, Anthony is an active champion of the creative industries, especially digital technology. He has worked as a producer, creative director and writer across a number of disciplines over the past two decades, ranging from film and TV, to mobile and games, and founded the digital company Junction K in 2004.
Projects Anthony has produced include This Is Manufacturing, Make It, Intelligent Business Events, The Outbox, TeamInteract and The Broadband Show. He has also worked as Content Advisor in developing BIS’s broadband strategy, was a member of the South West ICT panel, and has represented digital technology on the Manufacturing Strategy Advisory Panel.
Anthony says: “The Creative Industries iNet is all about unlocking new innovations, and strengthening this region’s creative profile at home and abroad. I look forward to continuing the great work already achieved by the team and partners so far, moving our current projects forward and unearthing future ideas that will take us down exciting new avenues.”
These are the latest projects to receive iNet support:
• ArtsMatrix Live: Between January 2011 and October 2012, ArtsMatrix Live is hosting a series of live events using video conferencing and interactive projection systems to connect the South West’s creative industries. A broadcast and ‘tele-presence experience’ will be created, supporting live feedback and commentary from satellite venues, and employing interactive wall projection methods to turn projected spaces into live windows to other venues, enabling people to cross physical barriers to ask questions and network together. iNet contribution: £61,200. Partner: ArtsMatrix Live.
• ‘Nice Idea or nice little earner?’ Creative Investors Conference: Taking place on 26 May at Badminton House, the ‘Nice idea or nice little earner?’ is a unique private conference bringing together expertise in new investment models, early stage finance and the creative industries. Welcoming some of the UK’s most successful angels, analysts, fund managers and investors, driven by every kind of motive, from big rate of return to Big Society, the event will de-code secrets of what makes the creative industries a good bet for British businesses. Speakers include Will Hutton, Luke Johnson and Samir Desai. iNet contribution: £5,000. Partners: South West Screen, South West Regional Development Agency and Arts Council England.
• Design Train Online: The Design Train workshop in Bristol on 24 March offered designers, account managers and creative directors an opportunity to develop their skills and communicate more effectively with their clients, increase sales and develop businesses. Training videos from the day will be made available online shortly. Workshops were led by creative business development experts Emma Collins and Mel Norman, and featuring a keynote speech Colin Burns, Director of the international design agency Elmwood, all of which also appears on the upcoming web resource. iNet contribution: £10,800. Partners: South West Design Forum and Design Council.
• The Engine Room Pitch: This two-day project development and pitching workshop at the Watershed in Bristol on 15-16 March saw 25 documentary filmmakers and factual cross-platform creatives seeking UK and international commissions, co-production and market intelligence. Real projects were developed and presented to national TV commissioners for feedback. Delegates ranged from multi-BAFTA winners to first-timers. Greg Sanderson, Executive Producer, BBC Storyville, said: “The Engine Room Pitch is an invaluable addition to the training available for UK indies to develop the pitching skills necessary to make it in the international market.” iNet contribution: £5,800. Partners: South West Screen and Wide Eye Pictures.
• European Creative Business Network (ECBN) conference: South West Screen hosted the second conference for the newly-founded ECBN in Bristol from 2-4 March bringing together 60 creative businesses and support agencies from 14 countries to explore the latest developments and opportunities of Internet Protocol Television and discuss ECBN services. Support agencies discussed common challenges faced by creative businesses across Europe, and how to design new interventions to help overcome them. iNet contribution: £27,200. Partners: South West Screen and ECBN.
• Innovation Credits: An innovative scheme for clean technology businesses, helping to achieve objectives and increase productivity. The Design Programme has experienced design advisers across the South West who can work with businesses on a number of projects, from new product and service development to creating brands or packaging solutions. The scheme offers an Innovation Credit up to the value of £5,000 to be paid directly to the creative agency who businesses work with on their project. iNet contribution: £75,000. Partners: Environmental Technologies iNet, The Design Programme and Green Momentum.
• Interesting Stuff: Interesting Stuff will harness digital technologies to create a sustainable model to deliver appealing combinations of film, arts and cultural content integrated with editorial to audiences both in social spaces, cultural venues and in the home. The initiative will start imminently with a pilot in the South West and selected European countries, followed by a UK roll out in the summer. It will test how well commercial models work and what technology, marketing, and content tools are desired and valued by users. It will also test business models that generate revenues across multiple income streams. iNet contribution: £99,000. Partners: Golant Media Ventures, Twofour and Guardian News & Media.
• Media & Innovation Conference: A new conference and showcase event to be held at the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth. This one day conference will explore the major trends in innovation across the creative sector. Businesses from across the South West are being urged to enter the awards competition, open to all creative companies. Media and design companies and their clients can enter up to five categories and nominate for the new talent and outstanding contribution awards. Tickets are on sale now. iNet contribution: £40,000. Partner: Plymouth Media Partnership.
• Out of Archive: Five South West-based creative practitioners will be given the opportunity to work with three South West archives to explore new ways of exploiting cultural assets, using digital platforms to create new business models and ultimately connecting with new audiences. The initial research and development phase will focus on intense exploration and research within the archives with support from archive staff and a panel of industry professionals. Workshops were held on March 22 in Plymouth and March 24 in Bournemouth, and deadline for applications is 27 April. iNet contribution: £35,000. Partners: South West Screen, Arts Council England, South West Film & Television Archive, Dartington Trust, Bill Douglas Centre for the History of Cinema and Popular Culture at the University of Exeter, and iDAT.
• Sustainable Business by Design: Designers in the South West attended a landmark conference in Taunton on 22 March interrogating sustainable design and what it means for their business and industry as a whole. The conference was an invaluable chance for 33 businesses and the public sector to fully understand what sustainable design is, how it can be harnessed, how design professionals can extract maximum benefit from it, and how to communicate this value to clients. With a keynote address from Dr Marianne Guldbrandsen, Head of Design Strategy at the Design Council, other speakers included Mark Shayler, John Luff, John Boult, and Lynne Elvins. Six design focus workshops in Exeter on 12 April helped businesses apply the ideas from the conference to their own practices. iNet contribution: £19,600. Partners: South West Design Symposium.
• ThinkFutureNow: A collaborative project providing an online resource, www.thinkfuturenow.com, supported by expert facilitation to help creative companies in Bristol become more sustainable, work smarter and reduce their environmental footprint. By hosting innovative events and promoting knowledge sharing, ThinkFutureNow is designed to produce a cultural change within creative companies, engaging them in ongoing discussion and sharing best practice. iNet contribution: £20,000. Partners: Forum for the Future, Bristol City Council and Bristol Media.
• Vision+: Capturing on video the expertise drawn to Bristol Media’s Vision Conference in September 2010, Vision+ delivers over 40 individual concepts, linked together to allow you to tap into some of the most imaginative and effective minds in the business. With inspirational speakers including Blair Enns, Michael Grade and Wayne Hemmingway, Vision+ will be the first step in building a larger knowledge-share across the whole area, supporting the creative community. iNet contribution: £11,400. Partner: Bristol Media.