Thursday, April 18, 2013

Ideas Shed events launched - includes exercise classes

We mentioned the special Ideas Shed at the Barnsley Digital Media Centre last month and are delighted to hear that it's all taking off nicely.

The 2.4m x 2.4m ideas shed, complete with planting and sculpture, is now installed in the foyer of the County Way building and aims to stimulate debate and generate ideas among the 43 businesses based there. A number of high-profile guests are sitting in the shed throughout April and May including entrepreneur Jonathan Straight and sales guru Nicky Pattinson, while Louise Wilkie of Think Create Move will be bringing the ideas shed to life with dancing and Barnsley not-for-profit organisation Team Activ will host Fit In The Shed, small exercise classes in the shed.

Jonathan Straight, chief executive of Straight Plc - Europe’s leading supplier of recycling containers - will take over the shed on May 1 holding one-to-one sessions with businesses and on May 3 Lee Bestall will be taking up residence. Lee is from Inspired Gardens which donated the shed. He’ll be running a "Sowing the Seeds of Enterprise" workshop for a Horizon school pupils who will have the opportunity to make horticultural products for sale and get an interesting and creative take on the business of horticulture. Other guests in the shed will include secret entrepreneurs on April 23 and 30 and a celebrity author and writer on May 2.

Businesses based in the centre can book the shed for meetings. Amanda Lennon, regional director at Oxford Innovation which runs the centre on behalf of the Barnsley council, said: “The Digital Media Centre is already a creative hub but we wanted to bring that creativity together and give it a focal point. The shed is a fun way of getting people talking and thinking differently. We will be renting the shed out for meetings, influential and successful regional entrepreneurs will be taking "surgeries" in the shed, we are running workshops for creatives, businesses and schools and will be holding book readings and signings. The shed is all about doing things differently and sometimes a different place or a different setting can help to move everyday patterns of thinking into the sublime." ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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