Speakers for the evening included:
Ed Vaizey MP, Minister for Culture, Communications & the Creative Industries. Paul Duncanson, Group Managing Director, creativebrief, Damian Collins MP, Chairman of CACIN and our keynote speaker was Sue Woodward, Chairman of the Sharp Project.
The Sharp Project is Manchester’s answer to the demand from the creative industries sector to create a new home for digital businesses.
Based on a 250,000 square foot site previously occupied by electronics company Sharp, the £16.5m profit-for-purpose development is backed by Manchester City Council and urban regeneration company New East Manchester.
They have a 6 megawatt power supply with our own non-contended, symmetric “on net” connectivity designed to provide affordable and flexible support for the creative/digital industries.
The Sharp Project is seen as a ‘growbag’ environment that will supply the digital labour market with talent. With a focus on animation, CGI and visual effects, Sharp will bring together small and medium businesses with national and international production companies, providing the opportunity for them to interact in a creative melting pot set up to encourage the exchange of ideas, work and labour.
Directly connected into one of the three big data pipes that connect the UK to North America, The Sharp Project also offers high-speed fibre and high capacity communications, with 1Gb/sec of bandwidth creating even greater connectivity to global markets and with plans to increase it even further to 100GB/sec in the future.
Owned by Manchester City Council and overseen by New East Manchester Ltd, the Sharp Project is delivering affordable business space for small, creative companies provided through converted shipping containers which can be picked up on short-term leases and their number increased or decreased as necessary, a concept designed to replicate the cheap garage offices in California, where Google started out.
There is also large-scale cost-effective studio, office and workshop accommodation on site, with plenty of scope for TV and film recording, with the BBC’s Victorian drama Casualty 1909 filmed on site.
The Conservative Arts and Creative Industries Network (CACIN) is a networking group that aims to bring stakeholders in the media, creative industries and cultural sectors together with each other and policy makers in the Conservative Party. You don’t have to be a Conservative to attend network events, just interested in the sector and policies that are relevant to it.
Started three years ago by Ed Vaizey MP (now Minister for Culture, Communications and the Creative Industries) when he was in opposition, the group grew from an overwhelming interest in Ed’s Weekly Email which gives stakeholders and other interested parties a roundup of the week’s news in Ed’s sectors and his coming and goings.
The network has since taken on a life of its own. After the 2010 General Election, Damian Collins MP (member of the Culture Media and Sport Select Committee) took over as Chairman of CACIN which now focuses on the regular networking receptions, hosted by a variety of different parties, on topics relevant to the sector.
Approaching 100 world leading, local, national and international brands and organisations across the creative industries attended, including…
Manchester United FC, Microsoft UK, BBC, BSkyB, ITV, NBC Universal, Time Warner, creativebrief, Blackberry, Viacom, Virgin Media, Rothschilds, Royal Mail, Tiscali, Southbank Centre, The Association for UK Interactive, British Fashion Council, Federation of Music Services, PoliticsDirect, Place North West, How-Do, Urban Splash, Brilliant media, Fido PR, Creative Communications, Pinewood Studios, Fittings Multimedia Arts, Culture and Creative Industries Network, Cicada Communication, Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), Liverpool Vision, Skillset, Lifestep, Ideas Foundation, Luther, Vivid, Hardwicke, Digital Radio UK, Osborne & Partners, Brunswick Group LLP, Creative and Cultural Economy, Manchester Confidential, Hanover Communications International, Seven Hills Group, Hybrid Communications, Smoking Gun PR, UKIE, Connect2media, Inman Design, MEN Arena,
Animanations, Open Road, Dept. Portable Antiquities and Treasure, Mandate Communications, MHP Communications, MHP Communications, Thames Valley University, Lexington Communications, Spectrum Strategy, PPL, AIR Council, NCC Group, Luther, UAL Tory Society, Roland Dransfield, Policy Unplugged, South West Screen, Snap Dragon Consulting, Skylab, MC2, Fleishman-Hillard, RMS, CTI Digital, Market Creative, Hanover communications, Delineo, New Economy, PH Creative, Company on the run productions, Zen Internet, Donor Clubs, Government Relations Europe, Fittings Multimedia Arts, Department of Enterprise, Trade & Investment, FACT, Sumners, Business of Culture, Ofcom, Stealth, London Centre for Arts and Cultural Exchange, The Irish Times, Agon Consulting Limited, Arts and Business, PRS for Music, Journey9, First Light and The Publishers Association.