Marketing your business online – tips from @DigitiseThisUK @E_M_J

Following on from our well-populated Marketing for Creatives seminar this week at Newhampton Arts Centre, we thought this article courtesy of the founder of Digitise this. and the folks at IdeasTap might be useful. Click here to take a peep.



SELFIES @BirminghamRep 8pm Monday 24 November & Monday 15 December

Selfie: a self-portrait, often in extreme close-up. BOLDtext Playwrights return to Open Door at The REP with a series of self-portraits exposing what it’s really like to be a working playwright in the region today. The results, like all good selfies, promise to be entertaining, diverse, occasionally comedic, and sometimes downright bizarre.

Monday 24th November 8pm – Directed by Ola Animashawun

Off His Trolley by Stephen Jackson // Dark Matters by Nicola Jones // Lowering My Voice by Helen Kelly // The Other Me by Vanessa Oakes

Monday 15th December 8pm – Directed by Jessica Dromgoole

In Search Of The Unhappy Ending by Liz John // And Breathe by Sayan Kent // Quake by Tim Stimpson // Getting Started And Getting On With It by Julia Wright

To be part of their invited audience please book your seat/s by calling 0121 236 4455 or click here for more information and to buy tickets online.

While both events are FREE to attend BOLDtext suggest a cash donation of £3 on the night (or more) if you like what you see. To avoid disappointment please book your seat/s in advance.


£750,000 competition announced to help students with clever ideas

Enterprising university students will bid for £750,000, in a new competition designed to encourage the practical use of intellectual property (IP) in their business ideas.

Launched this week, the StudentshIP Enterprise Awards will provide funding, ranging from £10,000 up to £100,000, for university projects that bring enterprising students, businesses, and their local community together to work on innovative projects. In-house projects or collaborations with other universities or businesses that create, manage or exploit intellectual property will all be considered.

Award winners will increase their understanding of the value and use of intellectual property, so the next generation of graduates are better equipped to enter the world of modern business and make the most of their unique ideas.

Minister for Intellectual Property, Baroness Neville-Rolfe, a former business leader said:

The UK invests more in ideas and knowledge than machinery or buildings, so it is vital that the next generation of business-people and entrepreneurs really understand the value of intellectual property and how it can help them make the most of their creativity.

This new competition will encourage enterprising students and academics to collaborate, so that their ideas for creating and exploiting intellectual property can be turned into reality and business opportunities. This is our chance to spot, support and develop the skills of the people who will be fuelling our future economy.

The competition will run until 12 December 2014, with finalists announced in January and the winners in March 2015.

For more information and to apply, click here



Longbridge Light Festival // Saturday 25 October

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Tenor Bursary Opportunity with Birmingham Bach Choir

Birmingham Bach Choir has secured funding for two bursaries to support both the development of the choir and the development of promising student tenors.

The tenors will have the opportunity to work with Birmingham’s leading large chamber choir and benefit from the training given by internationally renowned conductor, tutor, composer and author Paul Spicer.

The bursaries are open to tenors under the age of 30 who have student status. They run from October 2014 – July 2015 and are for £500 each. Successful applicants will be required to participate in the choir’s major concerts, which are on Saturdays 29 November, 28 March, 27 June and 4 July, and will also be required to attend a minimum of 75% of regular Wednesday evening rehearsals (in Birmingham), to include the final rehearsal prior to a major concert, and additionally the preconcert rehearsal on performance day.

Bursary students will be expected to fund, from their bursary payments, purchase of necessary music for each concert programme and any other incidental items such as choir folders and concert dress, together with necessary travel costs and similar.

For more details on the choir, take a look at their website

To apply, please forward details of your singing experience, your age and student status, and your particular interest in singing with the Birmingham Bach Choir to

Final Deadline: 10am, 31 October 2014


@CreativeEngland crew night Monday 3 November 7pm-9pm // free

On Monday 3rd November between 7-9pm Creative England will be running one of its successful crew nights in Birmingham in partnership with Film Birmingham, Birmingham City Council’s Film Office & The Producers Forum.  Hosted by Fazeley Events and sponsored by

The Birmingham Crew night aims to bring together Midlands based crew and creative talent with facility houses, production companies, studios and broadcasters in a bid to create more opportunities for regional crew and boost this vital industry in the city and throw a spotlight on the talented and skilled workforce and creatives we have.

The night is free, but spaces are limited so please book your place here.

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Business for Breakfast @covcampus // 8am-10am 26 November

Business for Breakfast – save the date!

  • When: Wednesday 26th November 8am – 10am
  • Where: Coventry University
  • Cost: Free to West Midlands businesses*

About the event:

  • Are you a West Midlands business with 1-250 employees and looking for support to grow or develop your business?
  • Would you like to know about the full range of opportunities and funding options available whether you’re a sole trader or a larger business?

If the answer to these questions is Yes then come along on 26 November to ‘Business for Breakfast’ and find out more. This informal event will introduce you to a wide range of business support services (including us!) available to help you grow your business.

Benefits of attending include:

  • Learn about a range of funding opportunities
  • Find out how to access grants up to £30,000
  • Meet with experts who can provide individually tailored support packages
  • Learn about the support available to help you use Digital Technology more effectively, to develop your business and to attract and retain customers.
  • Network with other local businesses
  • Refreshments and breakfast rolls will be provided

If this sounds of interest then don’t miss out and book your place online by clicking here.

If you are unable to attend but would be interested in the services offered, please email

*This event is free to eligible West Midlands companies. You can check your company status against the eligibility criteria here.



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