Additions for 26th August 2009

New! 26.08.09    
Advantage West Midlands is inviting enquiries from top venture-capital managers, to manage a new £45m business-support fund for the West Midlands. The fund will offer around £300,000 per successful firm. It will be aimed at small businesses which find it difficult to access loans from more traditional sources — such as creative industries firms, among others. Retail businesses are to be excluded from support. This new fund will replace a variety of current investment schemes (but not the Mercia Technology Seed Fund and the Advantage Enterprise & Innovation Fund), most of which have now been closed after helping 200 businesses over the past decade. The fund will be split into: early growth (£8m); growth equity (£9.2m), and a mezzanine fund (£9.2m).  The European Regional Development Fund will help match some funding, if the firm is located in a priority area (presumably including areas such as Stoke-on-Trent). The application deadline for fund managers is: 16th September 09. The fund aims to make a profit, and there will be performance-related bonuses to fund managers.

New! 26.08.09    
Crudgington Primary School, in nearby Telford, is seeking a drama practitioner and documentation assistant. The school has a budget for the project of £2,900 (to include fees, travel and materials). Application deadline: 10th September 09. More details from:  nickydupays@ukonline.co.uk

New! 26.08.09    
Gladstone Pottery Museum, in Longton, Stoke-on-Trent, is seeking casual crafts demonstrators, in the following areas of ceramics production: Throwers; Hand Painters; Flower Makers; and Casters. Pay is £6.91 per hour. Vacancies are available on a rolling basis and have no closing date. Applications will be accepted at any time.

New! 26.08.09    
The New Art Gallery Walsall is inviting proposals from disabled artists in the West Midlands, for its Outside IN scheme. On offer is the chance to develop your art over one year, with the aid of £5,000 plus expenses & materials, and in partnership with the gallery and its audiences. Artist will have access to the Artists’ Studio in Walsall, and will potentially contribute to the gallery’s events programme.

New! 24.08.09     The organisers of the Birmingham Black International Film Festival 2009 are calling for film submissions from black film-makers in the West Midlands. Film types that are acceptable are: Short Films, First Features, Documentaries, Music Video. Selected films will be screened throughout the festival in October and November. Deadline: 26th September 09. More information from Ashley Simmons at:  ashley@vtelevision.co.uk

New! 24.08.09     Many in and around Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent, will remember the dapper Derek Bradbury. Derek owned and ran the scrupulously-presented antiques centre opposite Ceramica. Sadly Derek died in March 2009, on his 67th birthday. Derek’s shop is now closed, and his enormous and discriminating personal collection of fine ceramics, much of it locally acquired and locally made, is to be auctioned off by Peter Wilson in Nantwich on 10th September 09. For more information about the auction contact 01270 623878 or email  auctions@peterwilson.co.uk

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