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A series of fully-funded music masterclasses are coming to Wakefield this February.

As a kick-starter to the Music Futures series of music industry masterclasses, people can now sign up to the introductory one taking place on Wednesday, 21st February.

This full day free masterclass will uncover how labels, publishing, and the live industry operates today in a digital world and give expert insights into how you can use data and technology to your advantage when setting up your own music business.

Speakers at the debut event include; Patrick Cloherty (Sentric Music), Steve Davis (SSD Concerts), Aaron Snowdon (Future Sound), Andy Smith (Kendal Calling), Kameil Sattar (Proper Music Distribution), Achal Dillon (Killing Moon), and Rob Nancollas (Motive Unknown).

Designed by talent development agency, Generator, and led by Wakefield Council as part of the ERDF funded AD:VENTURE programme, this industry relevant series will cover topics including VR/AR/XR, streaming, digitally-led marketing strategies and complex industry rights while also offering access to incredible coaching opportunities from music industry specialists including Tileyard and Production Park.

Jim Mawdsley, CEO at Newcastle-based Generator, said: “We are really excited to be producing this masterclass series in Wakefield and the wider Leeds City Region. Some of the plans underway for Wakefield and the growing music industry presence there are really forward thinking so this is a perfect opportunity for businesses in the area to increase the awareness and understanding of how the music industry operates both now and in the not too distant future.

“By bringing the elements of recent and future opportunities and developments in the technologies affecting the music industry alongside fundamentals and music related business needs to know, this series will really help push business forward in the region.”

Limited places are available for eligible SME businesses or individuals across the Leeds City Region, register your interest now by visiting www.ad-venture.org.uk/MusicFutures or call 0845 524 0210 to find out more.

The event will be held on Wednesday 21st February 9.30 – 5.00pm at Wakefield One, Burton Street, WF1 2EB


AD:VENTURE supports launch of innovative new tech business

Remind2Find launches online gift platform that keeps on giving!

The founders of Remind2Find have taken their pioneering shopping platform to the next level after teaming up with Futurelabs and the AD:VENTURE business support programme to take part in an innovative workshop programme designed to take new business ideas into reality.

Supporting early stage or first time tech entrepreneurs or teams with an idea or a product not yet ready for an accelerator or to raise funding, the funded programme was delivered free to businesses by Emma Cheshire, Co-Founder of Futurelabs, bringing a number of specialists to Unity Works in Wakefield to deliver specific content over a 4 week period in March and April 2017.

Launched in August, Remind2Find is a smart shopping platform that takes the guesswork out of buying for other people. After creating and sharing profiles with family and friends, users receive convenient reminders before an occasion along with inspiration on what to buy.  Profiles can be fully personalised to include favourite brands and retailers, links to wish lists or, for those who don’t want anything, alternatives such as going for a drink or charitable donations.

Steven Binnion, co-founder, says “91% of people shop in a rush at the last minute and only 23% have received a great gift in the last year, so there is significant room for improvement. As fast paced as the world is now, consumers really value services that actually save them time and stress!

After a period of slow progress setting up the business, I looked for a workspace that offered informal mentoring. Futurelabs became an obvious choice, having a genuine interest in real grassroots start-ups and an understanding of what they need.

Whilst working from the space at Futurelabs helped us to recover some momentum, the opportunity to receive structured mentoring and support through the FutureStart workshop programme tipped the balance. We quickly validated and spotted some gaps in work we had done. Most importantly, we left with a clear plan about what to do next and knowledge of people who could help us. Without this I fear we could still be refining our service rather than trialling it and getting customer feedback”

Steven, and his co-founder, Marc Mills are now working hard on the launch of the live platform and will continue working with the AD:VENTURE programme and the Futurelabs team as the business launches and begins its exciting growth journey with ambitions to take the platform to a worldwide audience.

Funded by the European Regional Development fund, AD:VENTURE enables businesses to grow through support such as expert mentoring, grants, professional workshops, finance brokerage, incubator office space and peer to peer learning.

Roger Marsh OBE, chair of the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP), said: “We are delighted to see businesses already benefitting from the opportunities and connections a regional programme like AD:VENTURE can offer. The programme was developed to help businesses just like Remind2Find to get off to the best and most informed start, and this is a fantastic example of how this type of programme works to boost the growth of SMEs in our region”

You can find out more about Remind2Find at www.Remind2Find.com

To find out if AD:VENTURE can help your business, visit www.adventure.org.uk

For more about Futurelabs visit www.futurelabs.co.uk

Wakefield business commits to quality through skills funding

Businesses in Wakefield and across the Leeds City Region are benefitting from over £2 million worth of training grants thanks to the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP). The funding has supported the training of over 600 businesses, enabling them to invest in the development of their workforce.