Added to the What’s New page of Creative Stoke, 6th October 2009

Additions for 6th October 2009:—

New! 06.10.09    
Stoke-on-Trent and Birmingham have joined forces to launch an official appeal to the public, for funds to help keep the huge 1,500-item Staffordshire Hoard in the West Midlands. Recently discovered by Terry Herbert in a Staffordshire field, the Hoard is a magnificent collection of Anglo-Saxon worked gold and silver, possibly made in Mercia circa the 7th Century. Sadly there’s no online PayPal donation option yet, but details of how to donate by cheque are online here.

The Hoard can be seen online on Flickr.

New! 06.10.09    
Added to the Events list:  Uttoxeter Home Hub is having a launch event on 20th November 2009 (10am-3pm), at the Uttoxeter Business Centre. The Home Hub will provide a relaxed meeting space dedicated to small business owners who operate their businesses from home. Incubator workspace for mobile business people, who also need ad hoc office space, will also be available. Be the first to see it as they go live! More details from:

New! 06.10.09     Barclays Bank is subsidising free places on Let’s Talk Profit half-day marketing-oriented business workshops, to be held in nearby Crewe (13th Oct 2009) and in Wolverhampton (19th Nov 2009). The normal ticket price is £225 per person. The events are aimed at owner-managers who are trying to grow their businesses, and have been in business for over a year. Details at the website.

New! 06.10.09    
Are you an academic researcher with an idea about how to turn outstanding research into a profitable business? The Arts and Humanities Research Council’s 2009 RCUK Business Plan Competition is an opportunity to take your ideas further. There’s a prize of £25,000 for the researchers who present the most commercially viable business plan to a panel of experts. All participants will receive commercialisation and business-planning training, which equips them with the necessary skills, knowledge and support to find successful routes to market – which is valuable even after and beyond the competition. The plans submitted are expected to propose business ventures that in some way… “contribute to the economic, social or cultural wealth of the UK”. More details can be found at the website.

New! 06.10.09    
Are you an idiot? Would you like to be? There’s a unique Fool School weekend skills workshop happening at The ICC in Nottingham, titled “How To Be An Idiot”. No experience of clowning, foolishness or stupidity is needed to fully enjoy the workshop. The dates are 14th-15th November 2009. Cost: £65. More information from:

New! 06.10.09    
Members of the West Midlands Film Forum are challenging all West Midlands film-makers with a Halloween Monster Movie Challenge. The challenge is to make a five to ten minute film that contain only monsters (NO humans!) by the 19th October 2009. To enter the competition email: with your team name. They will then send you three lines of dialogue. One of which will must be in your film, for it to be a valid entry (this is so they know it was made specifically for the competition). They will also send you a postal address to send your entry (in English, widescreen 16:9 DVD) to. Submission is open now and the deadline is: 19th October 2009. More details from: or visit the Facebook group.

New! 05.10.09    
Do you make artists’ books, chap-books, pamphlets, or other creative paper ephemera? Is it unprofitable for you to trek down to London to sell your work at the big fairs there? The 4th Manchester Artists’ Book Fair offers free admission and has 40 stands. It’ll happen on Saturday 7th November 2009. To check if any stands are still bookable, email:

New! 05.10.09    
With the abundance of fine gardens and arboretums in North Staffordshire / South Cheshire, photographers may be interested in the Kew competition International Garden Photographer of the Year 2009 . Deadline: 30th November 2009.

New! 05.10.09    
The 2010 Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are now open for entries. 15 Queen’s Awards were won by firms from the West Midlands in April 2009. These are the most prestigious British awards for business success, and are seen as the equivalent of a “company knighthood”. Entry is free, and open to any firm with two or more employees. The deadline for entries is: 2pm on 30th October 2009.


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