Entrepreneurs are artists…

Loving this Bruce Poon Tip quote from Looptail…

“Building a company is a very emotional process. Entrepreneurs are the artists in the business community – they march to a the beat of their own drum. To me, someone creating a company isn’t any different than an artist who writes a song or creates a painting or magnificent sculpture. Art is about putting your ideas, thoughts, heart, and soul into your work. And regardless of what you do, it will be a reflection of who you are and what you stand for.”

#beopentocreate #valuesbased #creativebusiness

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#brucepoontip #looptail #gadventures

October is the time to play with your creative monsters…

Well that’s what we suggest… Instead of letting your inner critic, wet blanket or party pooper lurk and poo poo your creative plans, how about changing things up a little to creative more creative mentoring and coaching so you can grow, not shrink?

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Let your inner creative monsters free…

A sample of the menu we have for you this month;

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Celebrating Investment Escalator 17th September 2015 @ RBS Headquarters, London

Truly inspiring business development programmes give you, as a business owner and your business, the access to the relevant skills that will give you the stepping stones to growing your business… and more!

Investment Escalator tonight #celebrateIE @lsbu_enterprise

Open To Create… sharing our experiences of Investment Escalator @ London South Bank University 17.09.15

Investment Escalator @ London South Bank University has become one such programme… FREE courses are offered in the full range of skills needed to start up to grow your SME business. The rigour given by academics and business owners who deliver the course plus their own SME business expertise gives the programme it’s edge. It’s grounded in the day to day realities of business with the latest cutting edge thinking, innovation and research. The networking between business owners and the fabulous setting for learning The Clarence Centre – London South Bank University state of art enterprise centre.

Open To Create… have benefitted from the one to one surgery sessions in marketing, group sessions in business effectiveness and finances and have been commissioned to run our 3 x 3 Creative Business Nuts & Bolts workshops.

This EU funded programme is a brilliant example of how well thought out business growth programmes for businesses can really work… thanks to the amazing team – Daisy, Lee, Kajal, Richard and Beau.

We are looking forward to sharing about our experiences tonight at Celebrate Investment Escalator event…
5pm – 9.30pm RBS Headquarters, 250 Bishopsgate, London. EC2M 4AA #CelebrateIE

Talk to us on 07941 655 856 or anna@opentocreate.com about how 3 x 3 Creative Business Nuts & Bolts can work for your setting

Useful links

Investment Escalator https://www.lsbu.ac.uk/business/access-our-expertise/smes-investment-escalator

The Clarence Centre https://www.lsbu.ac.uk/business/enterprise-centre

Funding information http://www.london.gov.uk/priorities/business-economy/championing-london/london-and-european-structural-funds/european-regional-development-fund

Open To Create… are in the first Echo ++ East London based sharing economy business accelerator

Open To Create… have been selected to take part in Echo++ – the first sharing economy fuelled business accelerator…

Truly we can build our commitment to #giveaswegrow

Share and grow at the same time... virtuous business growth

Share and grow at the same time… virtuous business growth

What we receive we will be offering back into the existing and future Echo community via our ‘trades’…

Echo++ brings all the benefits of an exclusive business development programme to those that want to grow at the right pace, on their own terms. And it does so at no financial cost.

Designed for East London sole traders, start-ups and micro businesses, Echo++ is an inclusive business growth accelerator. It is bespoke to each organisation we work with and rather than traditional ‘top down’ support, it’s a networked approach, connecting local businesses and experts with passion for growth and a willingness to share – and there’s no money involved.

Our current trades are;

Creative MOTs http://economyofhours.com/listing/?id=1645

Discover your inner superhero http://economyofhours.com/listing/?id=1729

New 3 x 3 Creative Business Nuts & Bolts series @ Investment Escalator, London South Bank University Sept 2015

We are delighted to have been recommissioned to run our 3 x 3 Creative Business Nuts & Bolts workshops in partnership with London South Bank Investment Escalator business acceleration programme. Our courses are open to any London based business who is keen to devour the competition…

Dates for your diaries – each workshop runs 9.30am to 2pm;

3rd September 2015 Perfecting Pitching & Presentation

11th September 2015 Authentic Creative Networking

1st October 2015 Successful Creative Communication

Open To Create... is working in partnership with Investment Escalator...

Open To Create… is working in partnership with Investment Escalator…

Useful Links

Open To Create… specials workshop promo http://www.slideshare.net/annabsexton/investment-escalator-special-workshops-autumn-sessions-including-open-to-create-creative-business-nuts-bolts-sessions

London South Bank Investment Escalator https://www.lsbu.ac.uk/business/access-our-expertise/smes-investment-escalator

Creative thinking new ways through to creative solutions ECHO workshop 21st July @ Oxford House, East London

How do you think creatively? Surely this is the whole basis of thinking?

Well… our creative thinking workshops have evolved from listening to those people we have met over the year thwarted by pesky concerns, worries and fears about making their next creative moves happen.

You have been there – knowing where you want to go… BUT not quite hitting your mark.

Get along to our  Creative Thinking workshop with Economy of Hours ECHO in Oxford House, Bethnal Green, East London next week 21st July and play with new ideas, ways of framing your challenges and come away buzzing with new ways forward…

How to think outside your current ways of thinking, seeing and handling your challenges...

How to think outside your current ways of thinking, seeing and handling your challenges…

Every person is creative. With daily practice using creative thinking, we becoming more willing to take risks, try out new ideas and ways of working and tackle day to day challenges with ease and flow.

This 3-hour workshop will equip you with tools you can use to help you approach problems in new ways, tackle creative blocks and build more creative practices into daily life.

Key objectives
• To deepen your understanding of creative thinking and how you already use this in your life and business
• To learn to use creative thinking as a problem solving tool
• To learn to use creative thinking to take more risks
• To come away with new ways forward for yourself and your business
• To have fun and get playful

Key benefits

• Learning what works for you as a creative thinker
• Learning new creative thinking tools to apply in your business and life
• Having fun and relaxing in a like-minded group of people
• Time away from your business to focus on creating new solutions to current and/or long-standing challenges
• Leave with new ideas and ways forward for yourself and your business

Who’s this for?

People working in any industry who want to bring more creative thinking and problem-solving to their work and life!

Your Workshop Leader

Anna B. Sexton is Director of Open To Create… Open To Create… offer bespoke creative learning programmes, workshops and 1:2:1 coaching focusing on growing and sustaining communication, creativity and confidence within individuals and teams.

Dotty about doodling…

June is brightening up and we are getting all excited about Get Lost artist walks and Dinner & Drawing so we can play with doodling… read more about this month’s events & news via

Open To Create… June 2015 newsletter

Creatively playing, doodling frees your mind... when was the last time you took your pencil for a walk?

Creatively playing, doodling frees your mind… when was the last time you took your pencil for a walk?

3×3 Creative Business Nuts & Bolts workshop series – starts 22nd May 2015

Perfecting Pitching & Presentation
22 May 2015 (9:30am – 2:00pm)
Clarence Centre for Enterprise and Innovation

This workshop will show you how to improve your presentation skills. It focuses on the effective use of body language and developing your own style of delivery. We are delighted to be working with former barrister, trained actor, facilitator and lover of conscious and authentic communication Philip Woodford.

This is the first of 3 x 3 Creative Business Nuts and Bolts workshop series run in partnership with Investment Escalator @ London South Bank University Centre of Enterprise & Innovation.

Anyone with a business in London can join these sessions – find out more here https://www.lsbu.ac.uk/business-and-partners/business/access-our-expertise/smes-investment-escalator

Open To Create... is working in partnership with Investment Escalator...

Open To Create… is working in partnership with Investment Escalator…

You will learn how to deliver a presentation that resonates with the audience and leaves a lasting, positive impression.

It is suitable for anyone who wants to feel more creative and confident in front of an audience; learn the ‘trade’ tips and techniques of effective presentation and pitching skills.

Get behind our project with Hackney Museum VOTING closes 8pm 16th May…

Imagine a small local authority run museum in Hackney that has a big heart fighting it out with some larger museums outside London for the votes to win a project with Yinka Shonibare MBE, internationally acclaimed artists and Hackney resident… well this is really happening and Hackney Museum needs your to support us to win this gold trophy, laurel wreath of a project for Hackney and East London residents.  VOTES are open until 8pm UK time 16th May – today!!  #goingforgold!

VOTE HERE – http://museumsatnight.org.uk/yinka-shonibare/

http://museumsatnight.org.uk/yinka-shonibare/

Hackney Museum http://www.hackney.gov.uk/cm-museum.htm

Hackney Museum Twitter https://twitter.com/HackneyMuseum

May your creative materials be your guide…

This May what creative materials can you turn to gold? 

Are you passionate about playing with words? Love creating drawings or photography? Shape shifting work within creative communities? Or creating gold in your everyday life through many simple creative moments throughout your day – creating breakfast, sharing stories over coffee or slaying the dragons of your mind to get creative once the truth is clear and the lies are toast?

We know “You can find inspiration in everything*.” a favourite quote of ours from Paul Smith

What materials get you creatively excited?

* ” And if you can’t, keep looking…” Paul Smith

Get more inspired this month with us with

Dinner & Drawing 19th May 2015   6.45pm – 9.30pm

Book Dinner & Drawing tickets HERE

Perfecting Pitching & Presentation 22nd May 2015 9.30am – 2pm

Join up for free is you are a London based SME HERE

Part of Investment Escalator @ The Clarence Centre for Enterprise and Innovation, London South Bank University

LINKS

Dinner & Drawing booking page https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/open-to-create-dinner-and-drawing-19th-may-2015-tickets-15497640861

Investment Escalator website http://investmentescalator.com/programs/5385def223b5eae985000011#.VUSoWtJViko