Creative Enterprise Recovery Focus Groups

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Looking to the future of your screen business

As we continue to navigate our way through Covid-19, the shock may have subsided, but the uncertainty remains. The full impact remains unknown, yet in order to sustain our business we need to look to the future.

Creative Enterprise will bring together company leaders working in the moving image sector to share experiences, challenges and insights. Our recovery focus groups are a place to connect with your peers and discuss issues that are pertinent to your business, sharing and supporting one another as we look to the future sustainability and growth of the sector. The discussion groups will be hosted and facilitated by industry leaders and experts to provide a focussed discussion.

The groups are open to sole-traders and SMEs working in moving image for storytelling and based in the English regions outside of London.

The series will take place via Zoom.

Applicants will be notified whether they have secured a place on the session via email.

Company finance & investment – let’s talk money!
6th August 10am-11:30am
Who? SMEs working in moving image for storytelling.
Hosted by Tim Evans (Head of Investment- Creative England)

Financial planning is never a straightforward task with so many variables to consider but add a global pandemic to the mix and it may seem impossible. This is an opportunity to discuss financial continuity and contingency plans with companies facing similar challenges and with the guidance of an expert. We will also explore how to approach your company investment needs during and post the current crisis. The session will provide an informal and confidential space to realign plans for the future.

For the past 15 years Tim has been helping creatives to realise their creative ambitions. Currently Head of Investment at Creative England, Tim oversees all investment activity for the company. Tim’s prior experience includes running his own production company, the management of Creative England’s equity fund and the programme management of the South West Innovation Network programmes. He is passionate about supporting entrepreneurial talent to build resilient and prosperous businesses and to deliver compelling and creative output.


Immersive- The fuller picture and moving forward

When? 13th August at 11:30am
Who? SMEs working in moving image for storytelling.
Hosted by Catherine Allen (Founder – Limina Immersive)

We will be sharing experiences of how COVID has affected the immersive sector, and get a fuller picture of the situation, enabling planning to move forward. With changes in production, audience demand, funding and hardware, we want to hear about the obstacles you have encountered as a business and how we might overcome them. This is an opportunity to discuss what the new landscape of Immersive will look like with your peers, and how we can push growth of the sector going forward.

Catherine Allen is one of the UK’s leading figures in creative virtual reality. Her company, Limina Immersive have brought meaningful, cultural VR to thousands of audience members who wouldn’t have otherwise experienced this new art form. As a VR industry leader, Allen’s work is known for bringing VR to broader audiences who wouldn’t describe themselves as early adopters. She was part of the BAFTA’s VR advisory team, has judged VR for a range of international film festivals and has authored industry reports for public sector funding bodies. Catherine produced the BBC’s first commissioned VR documentary, the award-winning Easter Rising: Voice of a Rebel, which has toured festivals globally, showed for six weeks at the National Theatre in London and was described by Broadcast Magazine as ‘genre-defining’.