September 2013 had a “back to school” feeling with all the networking events, seminars and creative events I’ve attended around the East Midlands.
Here’s a little summary of some of the ones I’ve attended:
- Let’s do business is a new business support programme run by Evolve and the University of Derby. I’m excited to be part of this programme and have some business development plans under way involving more exporting and overseas work!The launch morning of Let’s do business was fantastic. There was a huge turnout for the motivational speech by Olympian medal winner, Roger Black . Even as a non-sporty person, I was still moved and inspired by his talk. You can watch a summary of the launch day in this video below. Watch out for me around 1:05.
If you’re looking to meet, eat and drink with fellow creative and tech based small businesses owners then check out…
- Fry Up Friday in Derby
- Second Wednesday in Nottingham
- Creative Coffee in Leicester
- Geekeasy in Derby.
Attending seminars is a great way to learn while meeting other business owners also looking to develop. In September I went along to…
- How to secure public sector contracts
- Persuading Powerful People to be Positive
- International Communications Masterclass
To find out about upcoming events, I subscribe to local email newsletters and browse LinkedIn groups. There’s loads of business support organisations about but these have been particularly helpful…
- Erewash Partnership
- The East Midlands branch of UK Trade and Investment
- University of Derby’s Enterprise Centre
I’ve also been to some unconventional or informal events. Sometimes for business, others just for pleasure!
- An RSPCA fundraising event at County Cricket Ground with some lovely people from Katapult – one of Derby’s top design agencies.
- A random party in the animation studio space of Boxframe.
- J-Con – Derby’s 6th annual anime convention. I always go to J-Con. Partly for fun, partly for my anime portrait business.
- Last but not least, Derby Drink and Draw. I set this group up in August for artists in Derby to meet and have some fun sketching together at Derby’s QUAD. We currently meet every fortnight. Just bring yourself, paper, a pencil case and some pennies for drinks.
Derby and the East Midlands has a brilliant community and support network for creatives and small businesses. You can read more about how helpful this network has been to growing my business in this University of Derby’s Centre of for Enterprise case study.