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


Prolific North Live 2017

EventCity 15th & 16th February, open 9-5pm each day.

The expo features leading exponents of digital innovation, cutting edge marketing, branding and experiential agencies, content and engagement specialists, advertising and PR firms, leading broadcasters, TV and film production companies, printers, media suppliers and some of the best business brains from across the UK.

Across the two days, Prolific North Live will feature talks from leading experts in our seminar suites – designed to motivate and inspire. From the Keynote Theatre to the Finance & Growth Hub, there’s something for everyone.

With over 120 exhibitors at the event, this year we expect over 4000+ attendees, from in-house marketing and comms functions to companies and agencies spanning Prolific North’s readership, through to professionals seeking to engage with the fast-growing creative and media sectors of the North.  Also expect talks from leading experts in our seminar suites – designed to motivate and inspire, from the Keynote Theatre to the Finance & Growth Hub.

For more information visit http://live.prolificnorth.co.uk/

Vacancies & Opportunities

Call for Work 2017 RawFfest

Deadline: 6pm Monday 13th Feb RawFfest is the new youth arts festival for Wales that is fun, innovative and surprising. It is planned and programmed by young people for young people. We showcase the best of youth arts today: performances, exhibitions, workshops, events. We value the original over the copy, the quirky over the conventional, the daring over the dull.

If you or your group would like to propose work (including workshops) to bring to RawFfest, please complete this form by 6pm Monday 13th Feb 2017: http://www.rawffest.wales/about/get-invovled


Investment in Culture in Bolton

There’s a lot happening in Bolton with developments across the borough bringing in over £1billion in investment from the private and public sector and with it a new confidence is spreading into the cultural life of the town. For information on all development visit the Evolve website http://bit.ly/1lujrzj

The Market place £20million refurbishment by owners Moorgarth includes the new Light Cinema showing blockbusters, independent and international films as well as the newest and latest on screen content of opera, sport and music. There are opportunities for local performers to take to the purpose built stage in the main shopping area; for information contact the centre manager Nikki Wilson Cook Nikki@marketplacebolton.co.uk

The Albert Halls has undergone a £6.5m transformation to create a premium multi-purpose venue comprising a number of themed meeting rooms and conference facilities including a 670 seat theatre. The sympathetic refurbishment has conserved the heritage of the building and hidden treasures have been uncovered and restored such as the old Victorian Minton tiled floors.


Bolton Museum is expected to draw in crowds from around the world, with its £3.8 million refurbishment which includes one-off capital funding, income from the museum’s touring exhibition, plus a contribution from sponsor Eddie Davies. The Grade II listed building will benefit from a new gallery Eternal Egypt; featuring a full size reproduction of the burial chamber of Thutmose III as its centrepiece and highlighting Bolton’s important links to ancient Egypt in a family-friendly and interactive exhibition.


Bow St car park will be transformed into The Link http://thelinkbolton.com/ by well-known Bolton business owners Geeta and Subhash Kotecha who run the Spice Valley Indian restaurants and property developer Farhad Azimy. After success transforming the former Riley’s snooker hall on Blackburn Road into an exciting new business space, incorporating Global Interiors furniture store, the Dolce Italian restaurant and World of Brass they are now looking for artisan and independent businesses to get on board. For more information contact Subhash Kotecha on 07879 643664 or call Farhad Azimy on 07801 504477

Email: enquiries@thelinkbolton.com

The Link, Bolton

The Link, Bolton

The Octagon Theatre refurbishment with an anticipated project cost of approximately £10m funded partly through Arts Council England’s Large Capital Grants Scheme, National Lottery Good Causes and £2m pledged from Bolton Council. The Octagon building will close for ten months in mid-2018 and re-open in spring 2019. During this time, the Theatre will take the opportunity to engage with new and existing audiences by operating in different spaces around Bolton. Look out for the REVEAL Festival beginning February 28th this year encouraging new work by local writers performers and creatives:


Events, Exhibition

(Re)allotted exhibition launch

Opening Thursday 2nd February, 5-7pm

You are cordially invited to the opening of a new exhibition at St. George’s House.

(Re)allotted is Slugsoc’s second exhibition, it combines previous work with brand new pieces all centring on the group’s fascination with allotments, bee-keeping and local food growing, and the people who inhabit these worlds.

The exhibition includes paintings, drawings, prints, textiles, photography and written pieces.

Slugsoc is a group of Bolton-based artists and writers.  (Re)allotted

 is the logical development of ‘Allotted 2016’, which they presented in August last year.

Join the artists for their opening reception on Thursday 2nd February, 5-7pm. All welcome, refreshments will be served.