CreativeCoffee Club

25 Jan, 2008

CreativeCoffee Club Leicester - Press Release

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A free creative boost is on offer to all businesses at a new Leicester network already producing tangible benefits for its first member firms.

Companies already taking part in the CreativeCoffee Club, hosted by De Montfort University, are urging others to do the same after discovering real benefits for their businesses and people. They are reporting an injection of innovation, stimulation for their staff and even new business leads.

The free Club, where coffee, conversation and creativity are on the menu at alternate Wednesday gatherings in Leicester and London, is keen to welcome new members to its network, which also exists online via the website Facebook.

Richard Smith, of Precision Recruitment in Leicester, said his firm has attended several of the Club’s events and been encouraged to set up a Facebook group for recruiters and try the new technology of video-conferencing. Precision now conducts online video interviews with job candidates via the free web-based service Skype. He said: “I would highly recommend the Club, for anyone who has an idea or an initiative they want to run past other creative people. Using it as a sounding board could help you select and fine-tune your best ideas.”

David Moore, a director of Leicester marketing agency Rock Kitchen Harris, said: “A couple of our people went down to a CCC meeting and really enjoyed it, so others have been since and all have come back with very positive reports. You get to spend time with people in different creative roles and businesses in a very informal setting – you are not there to formally present your business or sell anything. You can just talk about common issues in a friendly and collaborative way.”

Both Rock Kitchen Harris and Precision Recruitment report they have got leads for new customers at the Club, but stress that the main reason for joining is to foster creativity in their firms. Mr Moore said: “Creativity is important in every business and is increasingly important for the UK economy as a whole. The CCC’s existence means we can send a couple of people down to each meeting and keep them creatively stimulated which helps our business remain innovative.”

The Club is organised in Leicester by DMU’s NLab, whose co-ordinator Shani Lee said: “So far 36 Leicester businesses have taken part in the CreativeCoffee Club. There are a wide variety of businesses, not just typical creative sectors such as design. These days every venture needs to be creative to prosper and to develop their people. The Club is a great, free way to give and take that inspiration.”

Shani Lee said businesses wishing to join the CreativeCoffee Club or to simply find out more can look online at www.creativecoffee.co.uk, email her on shani.lee@narrativelab.org or call her on 0777 176 0900. “Or just turn up at one of the next meetings,” she said, “and you can simply join the online group if you are already on Facebook.”

The next Leicester meeting is on Wednesday 30 January, followed by Wednesday 13 February, both at 10am. The venue is the DMU Graduate Bar in the Campus Centre on Mill Lane in Leicester.

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Notes to editors:

The CreativeCoffee Club is partnered with DMU’s NLab (Narrative Laboratory for the Creative Industries), an initiative run by Professor of New Media Sue Thomas and based in the Faculty of Humanities. NLab was created in 2005 and is funded by the Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF), a partnership between the Higher Education Funding Council and the Department for Business Enterprise & Regulatory Reform (BERR).

The CreativeCoffee Club’s founders are Toby Moores, David Tebbutt and David Terrar. Toby Moores is Visiting Professor at DMU’s Institute of Creative Technologies and Chief Executive of Market Harborough based creative software business Sleepydog.

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CreativeCoffee Club is a meetup and networking event, after the style of the OpenCoffee Club. We aim to provide a place for business people, academics, teachers, public sector workers and managers to network, exchange ideas and discuss how to foster creativity and innovation in the workplace.