With so much uncertainty in the UK right now, it can be easy to forget the opportunities that lay ahead for creative businesses.

What could the future hold? What should it hold? How can creative businesses and the infrastructure that supports them flex and adapt to meet the challenges that lie ahead? Creative England’s annual flagship event will explore the political, cultural and technological shifts that are set to redefine the creative industries. 

Programme

Hosted by June Sarpong
Writer, Presenter and Social Entrepreneur 

Programme 

10:15 Audience registration and refreshments 

11:00 Host introduction 

June Sarpong, Author, Presenter and Social Entrepreneur 

11:05 Welcome from Creative England 

Caroline Norbury MBE, CEO of Creative England 

11:15 Government Priorities for the Creative Industries

Q&A with Margot James, Minister for Digital and Creative Industries at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and June Sarpong 

11:45 PANEL - It Pays to do Good 

It’s a common belief that ethics and healthy returns aren’t the best of bedfellows; is it implausible to honourably make a profit when you’re in the business of helping society? As a purpose led company, entrepreneurship can be a dirty word but without commercial success, how can an organisation create meaningful or sustainable impact? We’re talking to Crowdfunder, Broody and Triodos Bank to explore how they’ve used creativity to look beyond the bottom line and the benefit it’s bringing to their businesses. 

John Newbigin Chair 

Kate Adam Programme Manager; Creative England 

Rebecca Pritchard Head of Business Banking; 

Triodos Bank Rob Love CEO; Crowdfunder 

Andy Medd Founder; Broody 

12:30 Lunch 

13:15 PANEL - Greenshoots Announcement 

Q&A with Xbox and Creative England about the fourth iteration of Greenshoots – a funding initiative for games developers 

June Sarpong Chair 

Solomon Nwabueze Chief Content Officer; Creative England 

Guy Richards ID@Xbox Strategic Partner Manager 

Andy Wafer CEO & Founder; Pixel Toys 

13:30 SPOTLIGHT - Rachel Nicholson; Vice Principal at Backstage Academy

Production Park in Wakefield have created Backstage Academy to train the next generation of AV technicians and specialists. Rachel is here to share updated on their soon to be launched R&D centre which will be exploring new technologies and innovation within the sector. 

13:55 PANEL - The Next Chapter for Storytelling 

We’re constantly told that the key to engaging audiences is by telling a powerful narrative. Brands are now joining the fray with ever more sophisticated and personalised campaigns. In an age where audiences are seeking more meaningful and bespoke experiences, we ask how content creators are using new and emerging technologies to evolve the storytelling process. 

Herb Kim Founder; Thinking Digital (chair) 

Fiona Kilkelly Creative Industries Specialist; Innovate UK 

Leo Rayman CEO Grey London 

Richard Lewis Head of UK & IRE Content Partnerships; YouTube 

Sharon Clark Creative Director; Raucous & RSC/Magic Leap Digital Fellow 

Robin McNicholas Director; Marshmallow Laser Feast 

14:40 Break 

15:00 PANEL - Lessons from the Future 

When it comes to business support, the creative sector values mentoring above all else. Mentors, Angels or business coaches are one of the most valuable resources an entrepreneur can tap into. As Creative England’s investment programme hits its seventh year, we have an impressive cohort of companies and talented individuals that have graduated from early-stage start-ups to successful SMEs and professionals. As we celebrate the promise of our latest CE50, what lessons can we learn from previous alumni? What secrets of success can they give to today’s start-ups? 

Mehjabeen Patrick Chief Financial Officer; Creative England 

Rachel Shenton Actress and Filmmaker 

Chelsea Slater Co-Founder; InnovateHer 

Walli Ullah Founding Partner; EMU Films 

Louise Pasterfield CEO; Sponge UK 

Travis Baxter Angel Investor & NED 

15:45 In Conversation with Kanya King CBE 

Q&A with Kanya King; MOBOs Founder and Caroline Norbury 

16:05 Carry on the Conversation 

Enjoy drinks, canapes and networking until 5:30pm in the Battlebridge Room. 

Sponsored by UDL Intellectual Property