This meets for the first time on Thursday 27th November from 5pm until 7pm at the Beecroft Gallery in the former Southend Central Library building, Victoria Avenue, Southend.
The group, spearheaded by the Council, aims to support Southend’s creative and cultural businesses by bringing them together to learn about funding opportunities, training possibilities, hear inspirational speakers and meet peers across this sector ranging from fashion, advertising or web design firms to film production companies and set design firms.
It will also include other organisations, keen to support and develop the creative and cultural industries.
Executive Councillor for Enterprise, Tourism and Economic Development, Councillor Graham Longley said: “Southend’s creative and cultural industries are a significant and growing part of our local economy.
“There are great benefits to be gained for representatives of these businesses to meet up with each other and also find out the opportunities that are available especially for this sector. For instance, smaller firms can sometimes join forces to form a consortium which can then successfully bid for larger contracts.
“By networking with colleagues in other companies, smaller firms can increase their supply chain and gain the benefits of recommendations and referrals for work.
“We would like all our creative and cultural businesses to attend this event if they can.”
Rich With, from the Grow Creative Company based in Leigh said: “Many creatives lead a semi-hermit lifestyle. You’ll often see them with their heads down and working hard by themselves.
“Your Creative Network is a great opportunity to meet other likeminded souls, put names to faces, and learn from the best local talent. It’s a great big boost to the area’s collective creativity.”
Booking is not required – just turn up.