We're gearing up for the first Northern Business Incubator Summer School in July. It's a new initiative funded by Creative Skillset, designed to boost Sheffield's film industry by nurturing entrepreneurial spirit. The course provides five days of inspiring case studies, practical business advice, industry insight and networking opportunities. The deadline for applications is Monday 2 July and bursaries are available.
The Showroom Workstation supports the film industry at every stage of the process, from fledging production companies embarking on their first short films, to established filmmakers. In association with New British Cinema Quarterly, we welcome director Frances Lea to the Showroom in July to talk about her new feature, Strawberry Fields. There's also a great networking opportunity for anyone working in the industry, or looking for a way into the industry, at the Creative England Crew & Facilities Networking Event.
A warm welcome to all the tenants who have joined the Workstation recently, meet them all in the News section below.
Meet the team: the image above is Showroom Workstation Duty Manager, Rob Lee, with his artwork in the Workstation garage
There's still time to apply for a place on the Summer School, with bursaries available to help cover the costs.
The deadline is Monday 2 July.
The Summer School offers business training for film and media professionals with an emphasis on establishing enterprises in the North of England. The programme includes masterclasses, workshops, speakers, networking events and film screenings.
The line-up includes...
- Masterclasses from Warp Films, Wellington Films, Third Films & Hurricane Films.
- Mia Bays (Marketing Consultant) gives an overview of the market.
- Market trends and distribution models, with case study of iLL Manors from Film London and Revolver Entertainment.
- Business planning expertise from Dr John Kawelek (Head of the MBA Programme at Sheffield University) and Alex Usborne (Picture Palace North / 104 Films).
- Matt Harlock, director / producer of American: The Bill Hicks Story, reveals the distribution strategy behind this hugely successful documentary.
- Crowd funding and distribution, with Emily James, director of Just Do It.
- Maggie Ellis (Film London), Charlotte Appelgren (Cine Regio), Tristran Goligher (Creative England iFeatures) and Hugo Heppell (Screen Yorkshire) discuss funding opportunities.
- Alternative and progressive business structures with Rune Gregers Meyer (European College of Innovation)
- Global Business strategies Mike Gubbins (former editor Screen International)
- Pitching, with Alex Usborne
At the end of the Summer School, participants can pitch their business ideas for a chance to win a place in the Northern Business Incubator in the Workstation.
New Workstation tenants: Magnetized
Magnetized are a community group who were recently awarded lottery funding to employ a youth worker to work with young people at risk of crime. Magnetized use filmmaking to engage them and aims to give disadvantaged young people opportunities to develop skills which will lead to employment.
New Virtual Office tenants: Hedley Consulting
The Workstation's new Virtual Office tenants, Hedley Consulting, help the leaders of law firms create mould-breaking strategies, develop strong brands, forge robust client relationships and design compelling propositions. Hedley is recognised as a leading boutique strategy consultancy within the legal sector, with clients ranging from global firms to significant regional players.
New Workstation tenants: GardenAdvice.co.uk
New tenants GardenAdvice.co.uk provide gardening advice from horticultural specialists in plants and gardens, plus personal online garden advisors with the MyGardenTeam service - it's a personal gardening coach to help you with your garden.
If you are looking for ways to make your company greener, GardenAdvice offer a Corporate Membership for their GardenAdvice Club.
Join our club!
As well as a spacious office in the quirky art deco Workstation building with a view out over Sheffield and more mod cons than you can shake a stick at, here are some other benefits to being part of the Workstation:
- You can meet clients and colleagues in the Showroom Cafe Bar, where you'll receive a 10% discount
- You'll get preferential rates for meeting / conference room and cinema hire, and a discount on any catering you require
- We'll invite you along to press screenings, cinema events and film festivals
- Your business will appear on the Showroom Workstation website which attracts 485,000 hits a year
- There are lots of networking opportunities with your fellow tenants and beyond
- You'll be in the heart of Sheffield's Creative Industries Quarter
- We'll help you spread the word about your news stories, events and vacancies
- We support start-up businesses and enterprises, such as the GIST Foundation and the Northern Business Incubator
- There's no better place to be if you work in film or media in Sheffield
- Q Car Park discounts and special rates for Whizz car share scheme, as well as tenant parking spaces at the Workstation
- You'll be 2 minutes away from the train and bus stations
- You are guaranteed interesting, creative neighbours!
- We've been doing this for 20 years, we know our stuff. We are friendly, fun and independent.
PREVIEW: 7 Days in Havana (15)
Monday 2 July, 8.15pm
All tickets £5
See 7 Days In Havana at the Showroom before the film’s general release across the UK on Friday 6 July. The film is a snapshot of this iconic, eclectic city, made up of 7 chapters directed by 7 filmmakers.
Head to the Showroom Bar from 7.30pm for music and cocktails!
Ticket-holders get a free Cuban Mojito Cocktail, courtesy of Havana Club.
An evening celebrating locally sourced food
Saturday 14 July 7pm, Showroom Café
£25 per person
£20 Showroom Members & Workstation Tenants
The great British summer has arrived, so the Showroom invites you to an evening celebrating home-grown and locally sourced produce. Everything in the four course menu prepared by our Head Chef, Simon Ayres, will be sourced from within a 10 mile radius of the Showroom. We’ll even bring you fresh herbs and vegetables direct from the Showroom’s rooftop allotment!
The Genius of Hitchcock: The Lodger
Saturday 21 July, 7.30pm
New score by multi-award winning Nitin Sawhney, performed live by London Symphony Orchestra and Nitin Sawhney Band.
The Lodger is a suspense thriller shot against a back-drop of a fog-shrouded London. Showroom Cinema and the CAV Network present a live cinecast of The Lodger that includes a pre-show reel of mini-docs. It is followed by a Q&A with Nitin Sawhney where you can tweet your questions. www.bfi.org.uk/Hitchcock
Glyndebourne Opera: The Fairy Queen
Sunday 22 July, 6pm
Tickets £17 / £16 Showroom Members
Purcell’s intoxicating combination of words and music alternates elements of the plot of A Midsummer Night’s Dream with a variety of musical interludes. A magical brew has been concocted by director Jonathan Kent in inventive collaboration with designer Paul Brown. The glassfronted cases of a 17th-century cabinet of curiosities disgorge the black-winged inhabitants of a fairy world who make it their business to daze and confuse the poor humans who have accidentally strayed into their kingdom.
Strawberry Fields (15) - with Q&A
Monday 23 July, 6.15pm
Followed by Q&A with director Frances Lea
A bold, inventive melodrama about lust, rivalry and liberation. A young woman takes a job on a strawberry farm, where she develops a friendship with her co-worker, Kev. It’s not until a dazzling woman appears in the fields that we discover who she was running away from - her sister, Emily. Emily is eccentric to the point of dangerous and before long the sisters are at war.
In association with New British Cinema Quarterly - Taking the most distinctive and original British feature films and filmmakers from the festival circuit and bringing them to the UK’s flagship independent cinemas.
Wednesday 4 July, 6.30pm
GIST Lab - The Workstation
A gathering of folks involved or interested in all forms of geek, digital and creative technology culture. http://thegisthub.net/
Creative England Crew & Facilities Networking Event
Wednesday 18 July, from 6pm
In 2012, Creative England has launched a series of Crew & Facilities Get-togethers around the country. These networking events aim to bring together crew, facility houses, BBC and ITV employees, and production companies across the film, TV and digital sectors.
You might be a production company looking to find a new member of the team, a student looking for contacts to find an internship or a crew member wanting to know what production opportunities are going on in your region. Everyone is welcome.
Advertise your job vacancies on the Showroom Workstation website
The Showroom Workstation website receives 485,000 hits a year and now you can tell them all about job vacancies and placement / volunteering opportunities in your company. The Workstation is based in the heart of Sheffield's Creative Industries Quarter and is home to over 60 creative companies.
As well as cinema-goers, event attendees, festival delegates, conferencing customers and Workstation tenants, our website attracts visitors working within Yorkshire's creative and digital industries, who frequently refer to the Workstation's Tenant Directory. We'll also help spread the word about your vacancies in our email newsletters and on Twitter.
SPECIAL INTRODUCTORY OFFER!
Advertise your vacancy for 2 weeks for just £15!
Workstation tenants can advertise 5 vacancies per year (paid and/or non-paid) for FREE!
If you have a vacancy you would like to advertise, or for more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Hire the Showroom Workstation - SPECIAL OFFERS!
Hire the Showroom Workstation for your next meeting, conference, presentation or networking event - spaces of all shapes and sizes available - and take advantage of these special offers...
Throughout August 2012:
Full day room hire is just £100 + VAT
Half day room hire £60 + VAT
Throughout September 2012:
Morning Cinema hire £100 + VAT if booking Breakfast
Breakfast available from £4.00 per person