NLab got into gear with the first CreativeCoffee Club of the Season on Wednesday 24th September when we heard about Helen Roscoe's photography exhibition from 6th-31st October at The Exhibition Gallery, Hinckley Library, Lancaster Road, Hinckley. Helen has teamed up with make up artist Jessica Nurse to work on a collaborative body of works surrounding the beauty and artistic form of body art.
It was great to catch up with Coffee Club regulars Carl Dawson, Jamie Mollart and Ian Moore, Trevor Wood, Karl Craig-West, Sean Clark and George Ballentyne. Mike Atherton visited from London and, with Toby Moores and Sue Thomas, enjoyed a stimulating discussion with Phil Campbell. Other visitors included Mike Wilkinson and Nur Yaryare and long-time Coffee Club friend Professor Stephen Brown, Director of CREEM.
But just a word about this past year:
- CreativeCoffee Club garnered hundreds of members in just a few days with clubs meeting in London, Liverpool and Bangor, as well as Palo Alto and New York. Leicester has been the most consistent of these, with over sixty small businesses taking part.
- our partnership with Vijay Riyait from iQubed. Vijay has been involved in all our activities, but I'd like to highlight the Facebook for Business event in November 2007, which Vijay and I put together.
- the NLab Social Networks Conference in June 2008, attended by 140 small business delegates, with a line-up of national and international speakers, plus an array of workshops from our partners and local small businesses.
- the organisations which helped us to reach diverse small businesses through the city and region, including Mainstream Partnership, Princes Trust, Leicestershire Business Voice, Federation of Small Businesses, LCB Depot, Business Link, Cattalyst, Creative Leicestershire, East Midlands Incubation Network, EM Media and UKita.
NLab has been awarded a further three years support from the Higher Education Innovation Fund to continue its work with small businesses in Leicester and the East Midlands.