Thursday, 8 January 2015

Visioning workshops - latest dates.

Interiors & Lifestyle Futures's popular free Visioning workshops for creative and small West Midland businesses begin again in 2015. So, if you want to give your thinking and/or your business strategy a good spring cleaning, the next available date is:

Workshop 19 Wolverhampton - The Pavilion Sports and Social Club, Stafford Rd, WV10 6AJ
Day 1 Tuesday 17 March and Day 2 Tuesday 24 March. Days run from 9.45 until no later than 16;30.

Visioning workshop Worcester Oct 2014
If you'd like to attend either workshop 18 or 19 please contact Ruth Edwards:

T: 0121 331 7922

About our workshops
If you are a creative West Midlands based small business or sole trader  wanting to take a fresh look at your future business direction, then this will be two days well spent.The workshop is free thanks to funding from the European Regional Development Fund.

You'll need to working broadly within the interiors and lifestyle sectors (furniture, furnishings, textiles,  interiors, ceramics, glass, jewellery, art or services that support these areas).

The two-day Visioning workshop  helps you
  • identify strengths, gaps and opportunities through our unique network wheel
  • take a look at your existing business and/or explore new ideas 
  • map your current business network, identifying positive and negative aspects
  • create an action timeline for implementing changes
  • discuss issues with and learn from other businesses

Monday, 5 January 2015

Exhibition showcases the 'Polyprop' chair - last chance to see.

The latest exhibition at Birmingham City University's Parkside Building celebrates the landmark Polypropylene side chair.

Professor Richard Snell charts the development of this 20th century classic by furniture company Hille and designer Robin Day. Richard's exhibition demonstrates the evolution of the chair, still sold worldwide, in the context of 19th and 20th century chair design and takes account of the creative and commercial possibilities offered by new materials and processes.

Professor Richard Snell
Private view  Day and Hille exhibition 

Speaking at the opening of the exhibition, Cherrill Scheer , youngest daughter of Ray Hille who led the company from 1932 - complimented Richard on the elegance of the exhibition. Cherrill also shared some vivid memories of life at the company in the 1960s and 1970s.

Cherrill Scheer (r) and daughter Danielle Benson
If you are visiting Birmingham this is informative exhibition well worth visiting.

Exhibition opening times
The exhibition is open 9am to 7pm (closed Sundays). It will close for the holiday period from 20 December and reopen on Monday 5 January. Last day Friday 9 January 2015.