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Events

Exploring the UK games scene boom

This breakfast event will hear about the UK’s proud history in the video games industry, where it is headed next and how games fit into a wider business and marketing context.

The event runs from 8am to 10am. Join the discussion on Twitter at #bcvideogames.

Once upon a time, gaming was the preserve of teenage kids in back bedrooms – but it’s now a multi-billion-pound business in the UK.

On the world stage, Microsoft paid £1.5bn for Minecraft maker Mojang while closer to home Macclesfield company Chillingo published mobile blockbuster franchise Angry Birds.

The North West has a proud history in the industry and is at the cutting edge of video game development and gaming technologies today.

The region plays host to more than 600 game developers all striving for the next big thing in gaming – whether it be on powerful platforms such as the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC, or the smartphones which have turned everyone into a potential gamer. Games are also being used in a variety of industries, including health and education.

Earlier this year Cheshire-based Playdemic was bought by TT Games, part of Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment, on the back of its success with free-to-play mobile games such as Golf Clash, which has been downloaded more than a million times.

The runaway success of Pokemon GO – the third most downloaded iOS app in 2016 – shows the huge potential of augmented reality while Sony has sold more than a million PlayStation VR headsets, bringing virtual reality into the mainstream.

Which UK companies are leading innovation in the games industry? What is the future of gaming? And how can business get involved in this multi-billion-dollar market?

These questions and more will be discussed as BusinessCloud brings together an array of industry experts to discuss the UK’s gaming scene.

Confirmed speakers:

  • Paul Gouge, CEO, Playdemic
  • Paul Rustchynsky, game director (new racing IP), Codemasters
  • Annie O’Toole, head of operations, Draw & Code and SwapBots
  • Greg Robinson, investor and board member, Boomdash Digital
  • Clayton Carpenter, programming supervisor, PlaygroundSquad
  • Cari Kirby, marketing manager, Team Cooper

More information

Funding

MIF Creative 50

Creative50 is a great new opportunity for emerging writers, bloggers, artists, musicians, performers, gamers (anyone creative!) to join the Manchester International Festival to experiment, explore and play with new digital technology.
We’re offering 50 creative individuals a £400 bursary, training and exclusive access to the Festival this Summer and the opportunity is open to everyone aged over 18 and living in Greater Manchester.
More info can be found here…  mif.co.uk/my-festival/creative-development/   and the deadline for applications is 3rd May.
There are lots of other ways to get involved in this year’s Festival – from volunteering to skills development and opportunities to be part of MIF shows – all of which can be found at  mif.co.uk/my-festival/

News

Bolton Film Festival at Light Cinema Bolton: Call for Submissions

BFF Final Poster_small (2)Bolton Film Festival launches on 20th and 21st September at The Light Cinema Experience within the Market Place, Bolton – a listed Victorian building that has undergone a twenty seven million pound refurbishment.

We’re seeking out innovative and ground-breaking short films (under 20 mins) from independent film-makers and students. Whether it’s feature, documentary, animation, comedy or experimental our aim is to showcase emerging talent to an audience of like-minded individuals and industry experts. Free entry for Community Groups / Charities / Schools. 

We’ve already received our first few entries and we’re delighted with the high standard of films we received for consideration so early on.

The submissions will be critiqued and selected by a jury of experts from the industry and showcased throughout a two day festival.

Mid Term Deadline 1st May

Regular Deadline 1st June

Late Entry Deadline 1st July

Please check out our website at http://www.boltonfilmfestival.com/

 

Funding

KickStart Young Entrepreneur Awards up to £20,000

Budding entrepreneurs in Bolton are being given the chance to turn their business dream into a reality, with a five-figure investment up for grabs.

Applications for Baldwins Accountants’ KickStart Young Entrepreneur Awards have opened in the region for the first time, following its roaring success in the Midlands over the past four years.

The awards encourage 18 to 25-year-olds to present their idea and business plan, with the winner securing a £20,000 – a £10,000 grant along with £10,000 worth of mentoring and accountancy advice.

The two runners up will also be presented with £5,000 worth of mentoring and accountancy advice.  Applications will be whittled down to ten semi-finalists who will be invited to present their business idea to Baldwins’ senior management.

Find out more: http://bit.ly/2nLgy27

Events

Advanced Digital Marketing – The Tools, Tactics and Technology To Thrive

Do you want to know more about digital marketing? Join us for practical advice on how to harness a variety of digital tools to build your online presence, increase engagement with customers and reach your target audiences. We will also cover some of the digital trends to look out for and help you to develop a digital marketing strategy.

This session is aimed at those who want to get more out of their social media and digital marketing. For the beginners workshop please book here

Benefits of attending

Upon completion of this course, you will have an understanding of:

  • Digital marketing platforms – which platform is most suitable for your business and why
  • Social media management tools – how to make the most of your time online
  • Social media do’s and don’ts
  • Digital marketing strategy – plan and understand how to implement a campaign to drive sales and traffic to your website
  • An overview of digital advertising including how Google Adwords can help you to sell online
  • Using web analytics and reporting to understand your customers and target your social media more effectively

Who should attend?

To be eligible to attend this event, please ensure you meet the following criteria:

  • Your business is based in Greater Manchester
  • You employ fewer than 250 full-time employees
  • You can demonstrate that you are a growing business and plan to employ 3 new employees in the next 3 years
  • Your annual turnover is less than €50 million and/or your annual balance sheet total is less than €43 million