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Development Forum - Celebrating Culture & Business Creative Partnerships

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Development Forum - Celebrating Culture & Business Creative Partnerships


Registration and Networking from 13:00

Event: 13:45 - 17:00


At our Arts & Business Scotland Winter Development Forum, six business and culture creative partnerships will share their stories and the outcomes and impacts of their collaborations and delivered projects.

The afternoon will be divided into two sessions followed by a Q&A with ample networking opportunities.

Representatives from the following Culture & Business Fund Scotland partnerships will share their stories on the day:

NCR Financial Solutions Group Ltd and V&A Dundee: The Opening 3D Festival

20/ 20 Productions Europe Ltd and Scottish Chamber Orchestra: A Partnership through Film

John Lawrie Metals Ltd and The Swan Trust: #LitterCUBES – Shetland

The Edrington Group Ltd and The Royal Lyceum Theatre Company: Local Hero

Bonhams and Edinburgh International Festival: Best of Bonhams and EIF 2019

Hanlon Builders Ltd and Indepen-dance : Creative Movement and Fundraising

The event will delve into the power of business and culture partnerships and demonstrate how far these collaborations have evolved from the standard sponsorship offer of the past to the creative collaborations forming the present and the future.

What will you learn?

You will hear from arts and heritage organisations on the benefits to be derived from securing private sector engagement in the light of diminishing public sector funding and how the evolving partnerships reap many rewards beyond the initial financial transaction. You will also hear from the businesses that will give their reasons for deciding to support cultural activity, why it fits with their company ethos and why they feel investing in arts and heritage activities is something that other businesses should be considering.

Who should attend?

The Arts Business Development Forum will provide a platform for relevant staff at all levels within large and small arts and heritage organisations to come together and explore how they could improve their skills and build confidence in working with local businesses.

Our Development Forums regularly attract over 150 cultural attendees from across Scotland. Fundraisers, Marketers and Development staff through to Artistic Directors, CEOs, trustees, volunteers and single person led operations will be in attendance on the day with a specific interest in the topic.

There has been a considerable increase in businesses attending the forums, particularly with an interest in supporting cultural organisations through partnership working or through promoting the services they provide specifically for the sector.

A selection of quotes from previous attendees are provided below.

Due to the very nature of the scale of this event and the uniqueness of its offering we are anticipating a very large attendance and hence we would like to thank our colleagues at The Hub and the Edinburgh International Festival for providing the venue in-kind.

This event is completely free to arts, heritage and business members of Arts & Business Scotland.

There is a small charge of £30+VAT for non-members. 

Book early to ensure you and your colleagues secure your places.  

What previous Development Forum attendees said:

Click here to watch some short video clips of attendees from recent Development Forums.

“It’s by far the best forum around to find out about cultural activities and the link with business opportunities.” Scott Craig, Partner, Scott Moncrieff

“Well worth crossing Scotland in mid winter but be brave to speak up.” Jane Mayo, Chairman, Campbeltown Community Business Ltd

“A great insight into best practise in the sector.” Robyn Donoghue, Development Officer, Dundee Rep & Scottish Dance Theatre

“Great fun networking and good content, taking away a lot.” Gavin McLellan, John Muir Trust

“You might have a small team but coming to these events make you feel like you are part of a bigger network, there to support you.” Lorna Sinclair, Development Manager, Glasgow Film Theatre

“The forums are fascinating in content and a brilliant way to network within arts and heritage organisations, And I always come away with a list of shows and events to attend!” Laura Irvine, Partner, Davidson Chalmers Stewart LLP

“Great to hear experiences from others going through similar circumstances.” Kath Clark, Head of Sales & Marketing, Horsecross Arts

“A great chance to hear the challenges of other organisations.” Sheila Masson, Marketing Manager, Scottish Historic Buildings Trust

“Great gateway of the professionals within our sector.” Sam Gough, Executive Director and CEO, Tron Theatre

“Development Forums not to be missed - always worthwhile - great speakers / networking.” David Carroll, Business Development Manager, Culture and Leisure NL

“Go take the time out to stand back, connect with your sector and reset and reflect. It's useful.” Lynn Morrison, Executive Director, Leith Theatre

“Great mix of speakers from a diverse range of arts organisations.” Mirela McIness, Crieff Community Trust

“Inspirational, gets the thinking going.” Yolanda Aguilar, Director of Operations, Shaper/Caper

“Great opportunity to hear from industry leaders and be inspired by their experience.” Helen Mill, Executive Director, The Village Storytelling Centre

“Go along and network - work the room!” Gerry Corish, Marketing Director, Scottish Salmon Company
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A&BS Development Forum GBP 30



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