A noisy voice for the creative industries in Cambridgeshire

Published: 14 April 2011 at 12:37

Professionals in the region to benefit from launch of new business network

Anglia Ruskin University has launched Creative Front Cambridgeshire to bring together businesses and professionals across all sectors of the creative industries – from computer games to fashion design – and help raise the visibility and develop the economic strength of the sector in the region.

The website provides a directory of companies and freelancers, creative news, events and recruitment, as well as information on funding schemes, business advice, training and tenders. It’s backed up with a strong marketing and social networking campaign to lobby further support for the sector in Cambridgeshire.

“Creative Front aspires to be more than just a business network,”

said Caroline Hyde, project manager for Creative Front, which is offering free annual membership until 9 May 2011 for creative organisations and freelancers based in Cambridgeshire.

“Our job is to raise the profile of the creative industries in Cambridgeshire and put it on the map globally, changing perceptions and promoting our economic value and contribution to innovation.  

“We have a vibrant and extremely talented creative community and Creative Front is here to shout about it!”

Anglia Ruskin University is hosting Creative Front and Professor Derrik Ferney, Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Law and Social Sciences, said:

 “We are keen to build on government drives towards developing the relationships between the creative industries and higher education, and the ability to learn from one another through sharing knowledge.

“This project is a strategic opportunity for us to ensure the university is listening to what employers in the sector need, and work together around creative entrepreneurship and retaining graduate talent in the region.”

Companies and freelancers can register free until 9 May at www.creativefront.org/register to promote their work and add up to three portfolio case studies, linking to their own website and social networking pages.

Membership will also provide access to a number of great events throughout the year, the opportunity to highlight business successes, free recruitment advertising and information on tenders, funding and start-ups.

Students and graduates will also find information about work placement, recruitment and mentoring, while those keen to start their own creative business will be able to access professional advice.

To mark the launch, Creative Front is throwing a party on 5 May and everyone working in the creative industries in Cambridgeshire is invited. With over 150 creative people already registered with the network this will be an opportunity to meet Creative Front’s staff and founder members, and find out more about their exciting plans for the first year.

The party will take place at ‘B’ Bar, 8 Market Passage, Cambridge on 5 May from 6.30pm till late. Please RSVP to events@creativefront.org by 27 April. The invitation is only open to over 21’s.