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Recruiting and finding work in the creative industries

  • Dec 6, 2010 · 6:00 PM
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For our December event we had asked Santa to bring us something special, and he hasn't let us down:

On Monday December 6th, we will be hearing from Chris Conlan, MD of Love Creative who will be telling us more about his 14 years of agency experience, charting his rise to where he is now and sharing insights from along the way.

Then we will briefly hear from Sandy Lindsay of Tangerine PR who will give us an overview of the Creative Break programme, which gives creative businesses like yours, the opportunity to recruit talented young professionals for a substantially knocked down price.

Sandy will then be on hand to chair our panel debate featuring:

Chris Conlan, MD of Love Creative
Mike Carter, owner of Orchard
Al Mackin, MD and founder of theEword
Marcus Lord, Business Development Manager for MMU's Faculty of Art & Design

The panel will discuss issues around recruitment, employment and finding work within the creative industries.

The event will be taking place in the fantastic new Engine House, part of the International Anthony Burgess Foundation, and we're very excited to be having our event here.

So don't delay, places are limited for this event so please RSVP above now, to avoid disappointment.


Chris Conlan
Chris has been Managing Director of LOVE since 2008, having previously been the agency's Head of Digital. Chris has a total of 14 years agency experience, gained initially in large network advertising agencies (JWT, McCann Erickson) and more recently in independent digital design studio magneticNorth before joining LOVE in 2007. Chris has developed strategy and managed award winning projects across clients including Durex, the BBC, Kellogg's, Dr Martens and Sony Playstation.

Sandy Lindsay
Named Northwest Businesswoman of the Year 2010, Sandy started her marketing career 20 years ago, moved into PR consultancy five years later and launched her own PR consultancy in 2002, which was named NW PR Consultancy of the Year 2008.

Sandy specialises in helping companies prepare for and handle crises and, during her career, has promoted and protected some of the world’s leading brands.

Sandy is Project Director of Manchester Masters – a graduate recruitment and retention programme, Vice Chair of the Community Foundation for Greater Manchester, and an Ambassador for Women’s Enterprise for the Northwest Regional Development Agency.

Mike Carter
Mike has over 15 years experience of recruiting in the North of England. He has a keen interest in all things digital and creative and has been privaliged to work with some of the North's greatest companies and talent over the years.

Orchard is a specialist digital, creative and marketing recruitment company and was one of the first creative recruitment companies in the North of England, running for over 17 years now.

Al Mackin
Al is the co-founder of theEword and is managing director of the agency. theEword was formed in 2006 as the demand for professional marketing agencies grew. The eWord are a specialist marketing agency who provide a full service, from the formulation and execution of a marketing campaign to the analysis and optimisation of the website that the user visits.

Al was named as one of Crain's Manchester Business magazine's 40 Under 40 - a list of the most successful people in the region under that age, while in September 2009, theEword itself made its debut in the TopSEOs list of the ten best SEO agencies in the UK, an accolade it still holds.

Marcus Lord
Marcus is the Business Development Manager in the Faculty of Art and Design
at Manchester Metropolitan University. Here he is responsible for increasing and developing links between the Faculty and practitioners, businesses, public sector organisations and galleries.

International Anthony Burgess Foundation
The International Anthony Burgess Foundation encourages and supports public and scholarly interest in all aspects of the life and work of Anthony Burgess. They have an extensive library, archive and study centre containing Burgess's books, music and papers. They also have a performance venue where they present new work by writers, artists and musicians. Founded in 2003 by Liana Burgess [masked]), they are an entirely independent charity that welcomes all individuals and institutions interested in Burgess's work.

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  • Keith A.

    Thanks for organising - always worth stepping back from the day to day firefighting and taking a more holistic view on subjects like this.

    December 9, 2010

  • Eleanor

    Big thanks again to the organisers & guest speakers again. To be completely honest a bit disappointed to hear generic applications for work go straight into the bin, personally I reply with a generic email explaining why their application wouldn't be considered, otherwise they'll never progress. Also disappointed to hear that 17 year olds find it 'exciting' to work full time for less than £100 per week photocopying for creative people. Other than that the event was excellent as usual. Merry Xmas to all.

    December 9, 2010

  • Phil N.

    Great way to end the year and set us up for the new one. Chris and the panel were top notch with some great insights. Thanks to all our speakers.

    December 8, 2010

  • Ansels

    Thank you for this usefull discussion/lecture! The "sceptic" on the left side (I think it was Al Mackin) was the best! :)

    See you everybody in January 2011!

    December 7, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    I was only able to see the first hour of the session however what i did see was very promising. Chris Conlon provided a very informative presentation which i certainly got something out of as it seemed to match my feelings of the industry so far.
    This type of event is an excellent idea for anyone trying to 'get a foot in the creative door'.

    December 7, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Awesome guys, thanks so much! Some interesting thoughts to ponder on whilst meandering on the creatives job-hunting journey.

    December 7, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Another absolutely fantastic event. The speakers were really informative and helpful and the Q&A session was great. Having the opportunity to speak to people informally afterwards was a great idea. Thank you!

    December 7, 2010

  • Derek T.

    Speakers/panel members were good choices on the whole; offered useful insights and constructive advice. I had some interesting conversations with a wide range of people.

    Attendance was poor considering the event was 'full'. Where were the non-attenders? Why did they prevent those on the waiting list from attending if they weren't going to show?

    December 7, 2010

  • Ben

    Fantastic speakers, good to hear from the panel their personal experience from the industry. Great insight on how they engage with employing people

    December 7, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Another great event - thanks to the work of Ben and Phil.

    December 7, 2010

  • Richard P.

    Excellent meeting, with informative speakers and useful discussion. It was a shame that people signed up and then did not show, yet people on the waiting list could not come.

    December 7, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was a great discussion with people from all over the creative industry spectrum. very informative and informal enough to have discussions afterward as well. very good event. thank you!

    December 6, 2010

  • Barney I.

    Looking forward to what should be another interesting and useful event. It's always good to check out new venues in the city too!

    November 12, 2010

  • Ben

    Don't forget there is a lovely cafe inside the Anthony Burgess Foundation, perfect for those who might be coming straight from work.

    November 12, 2010

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