Monday morning, what a great way to start the week by meeting the amazing staff and users at the Bletchingley Skills Centre in East Surrey. While I was there, there was even an early morning donation from Harrods. We have been asked to design a new easy to use website and branding for them to help promote their amazing services to young adults with learning difficulties from Surrey, we are very keen supporters of local charities over the years and are pleased to work in partnership with this very deserving cause.
Really privileged to be asked the attend the reception for the #London #design #biennial at Somerset House to celebrate the U.K. and #HongKong design partnership. All the grand and good were there. Promotion of the British #creativeindustries industry is always a great thing.
Half the branding for this years event.
An art piece in the courtyard
Visited site of a new design project for a north #London client today. Briefto design and install a creative solution looks like this now a big ugly green box in the middle of a lovely award winning Park. #Creative #design #3d #GraphicDesign #digital
It's important to get out of the office and meet clients, contacts and go networking. It's important to show your face around town.
I can always judge how my week or month has been by how many new people I have met and how many business cards I have handed out on my travels.
This week for me is as follows. Today client meeting to show look and feels for a new website, tomorrow networking breakfast, Wednesday a formal dinner with my friends from the rotary club and Thursday the great Gatwick diamonds awards celebrating dinner and after party. Friday is free at the moment but it's only Monday!
Despite the web and social media I still think people buy from people when possible.
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The creative industries grew at twice the rate of the wider economy in 2015-2016.
The sector is now worth £91.8bn in Gross Value Added (GVA) to the UK - more than the automotive, life sciences, aerospace and oil and gas industries combined. It grew by 7.6% over the 2015-2016 period, compared to a 3.5% rate of growth for the economy as a whole.
This means the creative industries are worth more than seven times the UK’s gross annual contribution to the EU and would pay for the estimated Brexit divorce bill of €50m twice over.
The creative industries now make up 5.3% of the UK economy.
Particularly high growth was shown by the crafts industry (14.6%), design and fashion (11%), creative tech including games (11.4%), publishing (7.7%) and film and TV (6.6%). The advertising industry has almost doubled in size since 2010, growing by 4.3% in the 2015-2016 period.
John Kampfner, Federation chief executive, said:
“These are impressive figures and testament to the innovation and resilience of this sector and its contribution to the wider UK economy.
“But it should be noted that these figures are for the period before the EU referendum. These fantastic growth rates demonstrate all the more the importance of protecting our sector from threats such as Brexit and growing skills gaps. The Federation will continue to make the case for the measures we need to support continued growth.
We trust that the 2016-17 figures will show no adverse consequences arising from Brexit.”
It was an honor to be invited to attend the 2017 Christmas Reception by President of the Board of Trade and DIT Liam Fox at Lancaster House in St James.
"Your presence ensured the evening was a great success and your enthusiasm and positive spirit helped to make this event both productive and inspiring. We wish you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, and hope that you continue to be engaged with the Department for International Trade into 2018 and beyond".
Red Mason was invited by the Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade, The Rt Hon Dr. Liam Fox Christmas Reception at Lancaster House to say thanks for the work we have done over 2017 in both the UK and trade missions to Asia.
Think it would be great to have a sign like this painted in our town of #OXTED in Surrey. They are springing up all over #London and beyond. Would be great to have one connecting both parts of town together. #Oxted #surrey #graphics #signage
Lovely afternoon getting in some culture and art at Tate Britain and our son Logan did some painting in the gallery showing his work. Teaching children the value of arts so important. #Tate #London #paintings #arts
Following on from the very successful trade mission to Malaysia at the start of October we have been asked to travel to Manchester and advise a number of commercial officers from the UK's priority markets *( USA, China, India, Japan, South Korean, Singapore, Malaysia, The Philippines, Thailand, Australia/New Zealand).
The purpose of meetings is to bring the commercial officers up to speed on various aspects of UK technology.
This allows the commercial officers to then look for trade opportunities in their market that match the UK tech companies. It is an all-day event comprising a series of roundtables and one to one meetings with the respective commercial officer.
Very pleased with the first day of the mission. Pleasure to meet the very nice people from IBFIM.
The nice people from IBFIM
Red Mason stand
3 days to start week of #creative #design trademission promoting GB #creative industry 2 #United Arab Emirates #Malaysia #Cambodia #Emirates
Red Mason will be joining The Department for International Trade (DIT) on the technology trade mission to Malaysia to promote and showcase the broadest UK technology capability to the widest Malaysian audience. The trade mission will be centred around fifty showcase/meeting pods. Each company will be allocated a meeting pod which will be branded for us.
DIT and various Malaysian government agencies will be helping to secure one to one meetings with potential in market buyers and business partners. The DIT stand will act as the focal meeting place. The Mission will comprise the largest ever delegation of UK technology companies to Malaysia. Together with leading industry players in market, DIT Malaysia has identified opportunities in a number of sub-sectors in Malaysia that match UK strengths: connected IOT (smart technologies); data analytics; cyber security (information security); e-commerce; cloud; fintech; AR; VR; AI, telecommunications and software development.
I was invited to visit Cork Ireland few weeks ago and to talk to a local audience of businesses about Brexit, trade and the Irish and British alliance.
On the day there were questions about how did I vote (in) how the evomony was doing and how the weak pound was effecting trade.
Lovely to hear lots of positive remarks and to be reassured about what the future may hold. But a certain amount of worry as well.
Great to hear that Ireland seems to be doing better than a few years ago.
Early flight from Uk to Eire
Great old street sign.
Very pleased to announce today we will be working with Creative Colony designing their new website which will enhance and expand their presence online to a much wider audience. We have followed the amazing work this company has been doing and it is an honor to be at last working with them.
Creative Colony is a great company that does amazing for business and the community and we are very thrilled to be working on this project with them.
Alan Whitlock - Red Mason June 2017
Red Mason was invited to attend the Annual Business Forum for the Gatwick Diamond where over 200 leaders from the public and private sector came together for the annual Gatwick Diamond Economic Growth Forum.
Despite the all changes happening the out look looks good for our region.
No two letters are painted the same. sign painter that flexed his craft #signpainters #artists #signage #graphics
Bad & Bold! Retro graphics very good. #graphics
Admirals arms lovely use of simple colours and bold graphics could very well work today! #admira lsarms
How to be more creative top 40 ways. #creative #designers.