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Maire McCarthy Projects

If you're looking to build a career in the film industry, do you have to relocate to London? At the Showroom Workstation we don't think so, which is why we've established the  Northern Business Incubator Summer School. From 16 - 20 July, 30 participants will get the chance to develop their business and entrepreneurial skills for setting up or developing a film enterprise in the UK regions. Applications are now open; the deadline is Monday 18 June.

We're very pleased to welcome three new tenants to the Workstation - find out all about them below.

If you have a job vacancy in the creative or digital sector, find out how the Workstation can help you spread the word in the Opportunities section below.

Meet the tenants: the image above is Maire McCarthy Projects


15 Paternoster Row
Sheffield S1 2BX

0114 279 6511

Creative News

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After submitting a successful bid for Creative Skillset film skills funding, Sheffield Media and Exhibition Centre (SMEC) in partnership with Studio of the North, are delighted to announce the Northern Business Incubator’s Summer School. 30 participants will get the chance to develop their business and entrepreneurial skills for setting up or developing a film enterprise in the UK regions.

The course will run for one week, 16-20 July 2012 and will be an intensive and immersive experience; it will take a collegiate approach to learning where peer-to-peer interaction and real life networking are key. The course is designed for professionals already working in the film and media industry. For the 30 participants, the aim of the Summer School is to provide inspiration as well as practical skills.

Applications are now open for places at the Northern Business Incubator’s Summer School. Applications are welcomed from film industry professionals with talent, commitment, passion, a distinctive voice and a willingness to collaborate with others. The Summer School is designed to assist those already working in the film industry in the advancement of running their own business or in the setting up of a new business.

The programme includes:

- Masterclasses from Warp Films, Wellington Film and Third Films.

- Mia Bays (Marketing Consultant) gives an overview of the market.

- Business planning expertise will be given from Dr John Kawelek (Head of the MBA Programme at Sheffield University) and Alex Usborne (Picture Palace North / 104 Films).

- Maggie Ellis (Film London), Charlotte Appelgren (Cine Regio), Tristran Goligher (Creative England iFeatures) and Hugo Heppell (Screen Yorkshire) discuss funding.

- Alternative and progressive business structures with Rune Gregers Meyer (European College of Innovation)

- Global Business strategies Mike Gubbins (former editor Screen International)

- Cross platform collaboration, with Jag Gill (GIST Foundation) and Emma Cheshire (CollaboJam)

- Pitching, with Alex Usborne

The programme of speakers and workshops will be accompanied by networking opportunities, including a major Creative England networking event, and film screenings allowing participants to see the theory put into practice in independent British productions.

The deadline for applications is Monday 18 June.
Good luck!

Find out more and submit an application




Postcode Gazette

A warm welcome to the Workstation for Postcode Gazette! Postcode Gazette are a business with an amazing vision to reinvent local news and local advertising; plus they provide a voice for communities, and a place where communities can gather. Postcode Gazette is about news, offers, events, and people really near you. Think of it as a virtual newspaper for every street in Britain.

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UK Online Centres

There are 8 million people in the UK who don’t use the internet, and are missing out on all sorts of benefits and conveniences as a result. UK Online Centres co-ordinate the network of 3,800 community based centres across England, provide products on http://www.go-on.co.uk/, run marketing campaigns, offer training and project opportunities and administer grant funding to allow the centres to help more people make the most of online life.

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SkillsLogic build online learning and professional development solutions - both the systems and the content. The team’s always been based in Sheffield and they started working together at Fretwell-Downing Education on Ecclesall Road over 10 years ago - they were part of the team that developed the original LearnDirect learner management system. SkillsLogic’s strengths are their domain knowledge (particularly around vocational training & skills based systems), experience of big complex technical projects (a long list across a whole range of sectors, not just education) and their technical expertise. They are very customer focused; interested in technology but more interested in building solutions for clients that solve real problems, make them more efficient and add some measurable value.

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Lianne Mellor, Mellor Ware

Mellor Ware Jubilee Workshops

Following the success of their workshops at Christmas last year, Mellor Ware are pleased to announce they are organising more for the Queen's Jubilee - the perfect time for a tea party!

They will be holding the workshops on Saturday 2 & Tuesday 5 June at 11am for all ages and 5.30pm for adults only (tipples & nibbles available). For the princely price of just £30, your day will start with a short drawing workshop to gather inspiration and get the creative juices flowing, you will then get 3 pieces of the finest bone china to decorate (a mug, bowl and plate) with a selection of transfers and on-glaze paints. A studio tour is also included.

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Being Elmo

Showcomotion Young People's Film Festival

Weekend 2: Friday 1 - Sunday 3 June
Showroom Cinema

Showco continues for a second weekend of great family films and activities for children. There's everything from animation workshops to Elmo to superheroes to Dr Seuss to keep the little ones occupied all weekend.

And all kids' tickets are £2! Adults £3!

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Home-grown Summer at the Showroom:
An evening of locally sourced food

Saturday 9 June, 7pm - Showroom Cafe
£25 per person / £20 Showroom Members

Everything on this special four course menu prepared by our Head Chef, Simon Ayres, will be sourced from within a 10 mile radius of the Showroom, including the Summer's first fresh produce from the Showroom's Roof-Allotment.

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Glyndebourne - Cunning Little Vixen

Glyndebourne Opera

The Cunning Little Vixen - Sunday 10 June, 6.30pm

La Cenerentola - Friday 22 June, 6pm

From June the Showroom Cinema will be showing a selection of the best Glyndebourne productions on the big screen. It kicks off with the LIVE production of The Cunning Little Vixen, then next up is the hit 2005 production of La Cenerentola. World-class opera right here in your city.

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searching for sugar man

Sheffield Doc/Fest 2012

13 - 17 June

With over 120 films for delegates and members of the public and 5 days of industry events, Sheffield Doc/Fest is one of the leading lights in the international documentary calendar. With approximately 2500 delegates expected, it's a terrific event for the city and Showroom Workstation is proud to be part of it.

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Whirlow Hall Farm Business Breakfast

Thursday 28 June
The Showroom Workstation

Join us for this great opportunity to network with some of the cities finest, all while setting yourself up for the working day ahead with a Whirlow hearty breakfast.

All profits will be donated to Whirlow Hall Farm Trust to ensure they continue to deliver their unique learning experiences to children and vulnerable adults in South Yorkshire.

Registration: 7.45am for 8.00am start (all done for 9.30am)
Price: £10.00 (includes Whirlow breakfast)

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Workstation Knowledge Sandwich

Thursday 28 June, 12.30-1.30pm
Speaker: Peter Rawlinson
Topic: Law Clinic

Peter Rawlinson is a Partner at Wake Smith LLP, one of Sheffield's most respected law firms.

A series of free creative business events - with lunch thrown in!
Bite sized slices of inspiration for your lunch break.

We’re limiting numbers to 15 people so you’ll get an intense, useful session where you can ask questions and make contacts.

Please register by emailing reception@showroomworkstation.org.uk with ‘Knowledge Sandwich’ in the subject line.




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.

For just £25 you can connect with this bustling online community to reach potential applicants. For an additional £10 you can have an ad for your vacancy that pops up throughout the Showroom Workstation website.

Workstation tenants can advertise 5 vacancies per year (paid and/or non-paid) for FREE!

The service will launch on Monday 2 July.

If you have a vacancy you would like to advertise, or for more information, please contact marketing@showroomworkstation.org.uk



Ice cream, May 2012

Try our homemade ice cream!

Available at the Showroom Kiosk, fresh from the Showroom Kitchen

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Join us at the Workstation

Whatever stage your business is at, we can help.

- Sign up for a Virtual Office

- Rent-a-Desk

- Become a Tenant

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Classic British films resurrected from the archive, every Tuesday throughout June at the Showroom Cinema