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Creative England Live 2016: ‘Catalyse’ Details Revealed

Creative England Live: Catalyse kicks off the 2016 New Year with a bang as the must-attend, free innovation and creativity showcase for any company wanting inspiration on how to fuel their business growth through collaboration with creative disruptors. 

Held at Google HQ in Central London on January 20th, our flagship event will showcase the magic that is created when small and big businesses collaborate creatively to drive the UK economy. Joining us as our official media partners for the day will be leading broadsheet The Telegraph, popular marketing industry magazine Marketing Week and monthly creative industries publication Creative Review.

Guests will hear from Creative England CEO Caroline Norbury MBE, along with an illustrious panel of industry leaders including Karen Blackett OBE, MediaCom UK Chairman; Steve Hatch, director of Facebook UK & Ireland; Isaac Densu, shorts commissioning editor at Channel 4 and Ed Vaizey MP, Minister of State for Culture and the Digital Economy, discuss new ways to nurture and commercialise the world class creative talent of our country.  

Attendees will also be able to watch the best creative entrepreneurs in the UK pitch their ideas, meet the companies forging ahead with cross-sector innovations, be inspired by how technology powers creativity with Google, and engage in a discussion about the power of regional creativity and storytelling. Hosted by TV presenter and tech enthusiast Laura-Jane ‘LJ’ Rich, the event will also be a platform for a raft of ground breaking creative and commercial announcements.

Caroline Norbury MBE, CEO of Creative England, said: 

“Creative England Live 2016: Catalyse is going to be a fantastic event and an opportunity for large companies and brands to witness at first hand the benefits of investing in small creative businesses and quite simply, the commercial magic that happens when we bring together the big guys with the little guys. 

“In addition, we’re absolutely delighted to be able to showcase many of the brilliant companies Creative England invested in at an early stage – some of which are now becoming global successes. 

And crucially, it’s also a wonderful opportunity for us to present the enormous talent we have across the country – along with the benefits of harnessing and supporting it.”

Steve Vranakis, Executive Creative Director for Google EMEA, said: 

“The creative economy in the UK is thriving - and more and more creators and businesses are harnessing the power of technology to reach new audiences and grow. This event promises to be a fascinating showcase of some of our best talent, and the innovations at the heart of their success.”

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