Enterprise Week 2015 is fast approaching and this year in addition to the more traditional business oriented events, the programme will offer local creative thinkers the opportunity to find out more about how they can turn their creativity into a business asset.
Enterprise Week is run by Derry City Council through its Business Opportunities Programme with financial support from Invest Northern Ireland and the European Regional Development Fund under the Sustainable Competitiveness Programme for Northern Ireland.
Artists, crafts people, performers and creative thinkers are invited to come along on February 26, to hear more from some of the top local creative industry professionals about how they have forged a path in a variety of industries.
Speakers at the Creative Ideas event include John McDaid, Creative Director of local media company Dog Ears, who are currently making a splash with their Puffins Rock animation series on RTE, becoming one of the city’s biggest creative success stories to date.
Music industry aficionados will be able to find out more about the workings of Smalltown America and Managing Director Andrew Ferris will be on hand to give his insight into how creativity can be channelled into a successful business. Highly successful dance company Echo Echo will also be sharing their experiences, and how they’ve turned their unique approach to self-expression into a viable business.
For those who are still uncertain of the best way forward with a new venture or creative idea, the Arts Council NI will talk about the support services and grant funding available. And marketing your idea to the right audience will be the focus of digital guru Naomh McElhatton (RUA Digital) who will provide some practical guidance about engaging with your target market.
Business Opportunities Manager with Derry City Council, Louise Breslin, said the event was aimed at both inspiring and supporting creative new enterprises. 'For anyone hoping for some practical guidance on progressing a creative business idea, this event is specially tailored to assist in planning a way forward.
'Derry is a vibrant creative hub, and we need to find new ways to support those with creative ideas which could be developed further into profitable enterprises. We’ve asked some of the city’s most successful industry experts to share their experiences along the road to realising their ambitions.
'I would encourage anyone with a creative business concept, even at the very earliest stages, to come along and see for themselves the various approaches they can take and the support that is available to them. We will do our best to help you progress to the next level of your venture.'
The Creative Ideas event takes place in Echo Echo Dance Studios, on Thursday February 26, and is just one of the many areas of industry being touched on throughout Enterprise Week. A packed programme of events spanning five days from February 23-27 has been planned, focusing on Investment Opportunities, Tourism, Craft, Growing the Digital Economy and a whole host of new and exciting business innovations and strategies.
Anyone interested in taking part in the event must register in advance. To find out how your business can take part, more information on the programme and to register for individual workshops go to www.derrycity.gov.uk/