Monday, July 14, 2014

Merseyside Creative's Join Together for IFB's 'Creative Kitchen'

A consortium of creative and digital companies in the city region are working together to establish Oh Me Oh My on Liverpool’s Water Street as the stomping ground for digital and creative professionals during the International  Festival for Business (IFB).

To coincide with the IFB’s Creative and Digital Week from Tuesday 15 July, the ground floor of the grade II listed building will become home to Creative Kitchen, a meeting point for all things creative and a hive of digital and technological activity.

Supported by ACME at Liverpool Vision and curated by Studio Mashbo MD, Gavin Sherratt, The Creative Kitchen is set to attract industry leaders, creative innovators and digital professionals looking to expand their knowledge and share ideas.

The Creative Kitchen will provide a breakfast and lunchtime meeting place for a mix of people, from industry peers looking to exchange ideas to business owners and directors who simply would like to learn from the insights of creative and digital experts.

Gavin Sherratt said: “Taking inspiration from Google & Tech Hub London's Campus Cafe we want the Creative Kitchen to be a space for collaboration, co-working and knowledge sharing.
Creatives and digital technicians are increasingly open to collaboration and we’re starting to get really good at sharing our knowledge. Creative and Digital Week will be an opportunity to celebrate creative culture and commerce across a whole range of specialisms, including advertising, music, fashion, TV, film, design, digital technology, software development and gaming – imagine what we could learn and do if we brought all of these experts together under one roof."

Cathy Skelly, Sector Development Manager at ACME said: “Liverpool is burgeoning with creative and digital businesses who are leading the way in terms of growth and development. Creative Kitchen isn’t just about creating a collaborative environment, it’s also about showcasing the city and the talent we have in the creative and digital sector.”

Kevin McManus, Head of Creative and Digital at Liverpool Vision added: “Liverpool has a vibrancy like no other city in the world.  Liverpool is at the forefront of the gaming sector with many companies moving into the city’s Baltic area, which continues to enjoy a steady renaissance and is fast becoming a magnet for creative and digital businesses, providing something of a tangible and visible community not dissimilar to Media City.”

Liverpool’s Baltic Triangle area was once a thriving warehouse district enjoying its heyday through the 18th and early 19th centuries, when Liverpool was at the centre of global trading from its docks.  For years the area was desolate, but recent investment breathed new life into the area and it’s fast becoming a hotbed for creative and enterprising businesses, many migrating from neighbouring cities like Manchester and Leeds.  The Women's Organisation joined the creative quarter in 2011 opening up their 54 St James Street conferencing centre within the Baltic Triangle and are excited to see the growing creative community in the area.

Creative Kitchen will be at Oh Me Oh My from Tuesday 15th July until Friday 18th July and is expected to attract local, regional, national and international delegates in their hundreds throughout the week.

Based in West Africa House on Water Street in Liverpool’s commercial district, it is within easy walking distance of the IFB Hub at Mann Island.

For more information visit and engage with Creative Kitchen on Twitter @IFB_CK.

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