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Young Entrepreneurs Create Own Future – 9 March 2016

Olympics winning company Stage One joins forces with Science City York, York Museums Trust and NYBEP to champion careers of the future.

Students and start-up businesses will be offered the unique opportunity to learn and take inspiration from some of the most successful SME’s in Yorkshire next month, including Stage One; the Tockwith based creative construction and manufacturing company who were the expertise behind the Olympic 2012 Cauldron.

Science City York, in partnership with York Museums Trust and the North Yorkshire Business Enterprise Partnership, has developed a stellar line up of speakers at this free event, titled, ‘Create Your Future’. This unique event will take place at York Hospitium, Museum Gardens on 9th March. It will offer the chance to meet with expert practitioners to hear about the range of professional development opportunities available and progression routes in the ever expanding cultural, creative and digital industries. Companies speaking at the event include Bright White, DepArts and Bryn Jones Associates.

York's creative industry growth has been mirrored by national trends, which report expansion more than twice the rate of the wider UK economy. Latest national figures from the Department for Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) also reveal a rise in the number of exports from the sector. Jobs within the creative industries increased by 5.5 per cent compared to the national 2.1 per cent rise in employment between 2013 and 2014. The sector is now home to 1.8 million jobs, 85,000 of which are in Yorkshire.

Among the companies taking part in the event are Bright White, a creative design consultancy based in York. Their mission is to engage the next generation with the riches of the past, to help them live and learn. Also taking part are DepArts, experienced Creative Producers, who work with world-class theatre, dance and circus performance companies to deliver innovative live arts events and Bryn Jones Associates, a management consulting firm that advises clients on issues of organisation, operations, commercial potential and customer services.

Tim Leigh, Sales and Marketing Director, Stage One, said, ‘When you’re starting out, the creative industries sector can seem impenetrable, full of cool people doing clever things. Being tenacious and interested goes a long way to uncovering opportunities. Research the creative things that are going on locally and work out what you have to offer. Then package it in a compelling way. My advice is be bold, be creative. And don’t be surprised that much of the UK’s creative output doesn’t come out of London.’

Heather Niven, Head of Science City York said, ‘We are passionate about inspiring and supporting early stage cultural, creative and digital businesses at the early stages of their careers and this event is designed with that in mind. We will be facilitating introductions, providing exceptional presentations from some of our key creative and digital successes and hosting a lively exhibition area to find out more. These events will help secure the next generation of creativity in York.’

Also headlining at the event is Stuart Goulden, Project Director for UNESCO City of Media Arts. Stuart said, ‘This event will involve speed networking workshops with real business and employment opportunities. We’re delighted to see this impressive line-up of speakers from across some of Yorkshire’s most successful creative and digital businesses. We’re keen for anyone interested in progressing their careers in this sector to book a place.’

This ground breaking event will also include a creative marketplace with exhibitors from the IT & digital, creative and cultural industries across Yorkshire. A networking reception to top off the day will also offer the chance to continue conversations with speakers, exhibitors and other attendees. Anyone interested in attending can book at the Science City York website – Create Your Future – 9 March 2016.



Notes to Editors:

For further information please contact:

Heather Niven – Head of Science City York
Direct Line 01904 554284

Kay Hyde – Head of PR and Corporate Communications – Make It York
Direct Line: 01904 554451 Mobile: 07506 048852

Katie Parsons – Senior Communications Executive – Make It York
Direct Line: 01904 554436                                                                       Email:

Make It York (York’s Destination Organisation) has an overarching remit to market the city and its surroundings – nationally and internationally - as a vibrant and attractive place to live, visit, study, work and do business. The remit covers leisure and business tourism, city centre management, festivals and events, business support and inward investment.

Science City York is a part of Make It York and is business and innovation brand which supports the city and its surroundings’ creative, science and technology businesses.
Under the Science City brand, Make It York’s aim is to promote York as a brilliant place to do business, helping to support business growth and innovation and to stimulate greater inward investment.

SCY has secured more than £30 million investment for clients, and through relationships, has partnered businesses with the right people from over 3,000 businesses and industry contacts. SCY prides itself on the ability to connect businesses to other businesses, funding, expertise and opportunities, enabling improved operations and profitability, creating a reputation for York as a dynamic ‘tour de force’ for business and investment.

Create Your Future is an event that offers a unique opportunity to meet the cultural, creative and digital organisations and networks in York and North Yorkshire who are there to showcase and share opportunities that can help further young careers or businesses.

Key business & investment facts:
The York economy is currently worth £4.75billion (GVA), supporting around 8,610 businesses and 114,000 jobs