Retail Roadshow (2) – Surviving the next few months for independent retailers

With the local economy still looking uncertain and as many as one in eight independent retailers going under, Business Link WM arranged for some sharing of advice on how to survive the next few months.  Aimed at independent retailers the advice could apply to many more sectors. Continue reading Retail Roadshow (2) – Surviving the next few months for independent retailers

Retail Roadshow (1) – advice for traders

Business Link West Midlands hosted a ‘retail road show’ for Brierley Hill traders at the Waterfront on 4th November.  Building on feedback from workshops held across the region a set of ‘tips’ were given to help independent retailers improve their performance.  Here they are… Continue reading Retail Roadshow (1) – advice for traders

Signpost: Credit Union sessions extended

Castle & Crystal Credit Union are pleased to announce the extension of their collection times at Signpost. From 9.30am – 3.30pm, Monday to Thursday and 9.30am to 12.30 on Friday Signpost volunteers will be available to collect Credit Union money. Castle & Crystal Credit Union are also promoting their Christmas Affordable Loans, please call 01384 815771 for more information.

Creatives Network 25/09: Arts Council Funding Advice

Angela Swan, the West Midlands Based Partnerships Officer, Regeneration for Arts Council England talked about how to go about applying for Arts Council funding, incorporating lots of ideas, hints and tips into her presentation. Angela Swan Presentation (ppt, 4.5mb). Alan Gill, Regional Organiser for the National Youth Theatre gave an verbal presentation on the NYT’s recent experience in winning at £100,000 Arts Council Grant.  Alan will be happy to share his experiences with anyone contemplating an Arts Council bid.

Creatives Nework 25/09: Business Link Opportunities

Business Link’s Sector Development Director for Creative Cultural and Digital enterprises, Lara Ratnaraja set out her role – advising and linking creative industries to regional and national strategies.  A range of potential business opportunities, events and very useful contacts were given during her presentation. Lara Ratnaraja Presentation (ppt, 4.6mb)

Creatives Network 25/09: Pamela Smith – growing business

Pamela Smith runs her own business, Sited and is a horticulturist who creates walks, pamphlets, talks and promotes community engagement through observation of nature in the urban environment.  She has been granted lottery funds through the University of Birmingham to develop a walk in the Brierley Hill area.  In her presentation Pam talked about her work and gave her practical tips for anyone setting up their own creative enterprise. Pamela Smith Presentation (PPT, 29mb)