Black Creatives Soiree:
Celebrating Black Creative Businesses

October 2022

Shakespeare Hall transformed into a red carpet runway & fashion show with models showing BIPC case study business Cultureville’s African inspired designs, music, poetry & stalls.

The evening was hosted by Carol-Ann Whitehead, fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and Founder of the Zebra Partnership, and Kemoy Walker, Prominent DJ and founder of KYSO

Scale-Up Sessions

is a series of programmes and events for startups, microbusinesses and SMEs produced by Design Manchester in partnership with the Business & IP Centre Greater Manchester.

SUS#2: Cooperation shows the way forward!

Co-operatives UK CEO Rose Marley  shares why she believes that the distribution of power and wealth that’s achieved through the co-operative business model will resonate strongly with the ambitions of new entrepreneurs, and why it is essential to support the growth and development of co-operative tech. Rose is joined by a panel of co-operators to discuss and share their experiences of starting, running and belonging to a co-op.

SUS#1: Pandemic Stations! WTF do we do now?

The first Scale-up Session, on 12 November 2020, was the opening event of the DM20 Design Manchester festival, featuring an interview with GM Local Enterprise Partnership co-chair Lou Cordwell OBE and a panel discussion, chaired by Creative Boom editor Katy Cowan, with Jill Adam (Louder Than Words), Debra King (Brighter Sound), Ed Matthews-Gentle (Creative Lancashire), Shirley May (Young Identity) and the artist Venessa Scott.

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