Archive for July, 2011

Concept Cupboard are hiring!

Hiring


Web & Social Media rockstar needed right now!!!

That’s right! We are looking for a web genius to join the Concept Cupboard team in Richmond (Surrey) and take ownership of some really fun web projects we have planned. This will be an internship like no other. We want you to add value and help shape the future of Concept Cupboard. This isn’t a role for someone who just wants to sit behind a desk and do what they are told.

What we’ll give you

  • 3 month paid internship (starting as soon as possible)
  • A desk & a computer (aren’t you lucky)
  • As well as owning your own projects, you’ll play an integral role in planning our future
  • You’ll get invited along to lots of events and cool meetings with companies like Redbull & O2
  • You’ll work alongside the MD of Concept Cupboard & get regular access to the CC board
  • Contacts in some of the UK’s best agencies & world’s biggest brands

What skills we are looking for

  • You’ll need to be extremely proficient in: PHP, CSS, HTML, Java Script, My SQL & WordPress.
  • You should also know what you are doing in terms of SEO & Social Media integration.
  • Ideally you’ll also be able to design as well as build sites.

In addition to the above we are looking for someone who really wants to work with us. You’ll need to be a self starter, keen to make an impact and be happy to lend a hand in any area needed.

APPLY NOW

If you want to work with us and have the skills we are looking for please send an email to chris@conceptcupboard.com with the following included:

  • Your CV
  • A sentence or two explaining why we should hire you (have a bit of fun)
  • Links to any sites that you have built

Please make sure there are no typos. We really don’t like them.

Image: CatholiTech

Former BBC Dragon launches School for Creative Startups

School for Creative Startups

We had the chance to rub shoulders with a former BBC Dragon a few weeks ago at Artsmart run by University of the Arts London and got talking about a new programme that is being launched to help creatives start their own business.

School for Creative Startups Logo

School for Creative Startups is an innovative one-year programme for creative people, with unique ideas, wishing to start a successful new business. The aim of the programme is to teach the critical skills that new creative businesses need to succeed and to provide support throughout the vulnerable first year of business.

Led by Doug Richard, School for Creative Startups will provide accelerated business training that helps entrepreneurs launch more successful startups and run more successful businesses. Their face to face and online instruction covers topics like how to start a business, how to find investors, how to implement fast, cost-effective marketing strategies, and how to scale a business safely.

The aim is to increase the number of creative small businesses in the UK and provide them with access to world class business advice to help them succeed. If you want to find out more about the course, including the mentoring programme, an FAQ and the online application form here www.schoolforstartups.co.uk/creative.

You can also hear what Doug had to say as we sprung a camera on him at the Artsmart event:

School for Startups have also posted a project on Concept Cupboard that closes on Thursday. To take a look and submit your idea go to the main Concept Cupboard site.

StartUp Britain & Not On The High Street enter the Big Bus Challenge with the help of Concept Cupboard

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One competition. Six hours. Thirty students. Two live briefs. One basement.

Last week Concept Cupboard staged a lock-in of a different kind. From 6pm Concept Cupboard students took over Fallon’s basement and had six hours to come up with an idea that could be presented to the client the following morning. The end goal was to come up with work worthy of being entered into the Big Bus Challenge.

With the help of some Creative Directors, creative teams and a handful of other helpers the students outdid themselves and created some wonderful work. The two entries below (one for each brief) were the ones that made it through the review process and were entered into the competition.

To view the full designs click on the links below or to find out more about the event check out this post.

StartUp Britain entry by Sam Bevington & Tim Hawkins

StartUp Britain entry


Not On The High Street entry by Jac Morton

Not On The High Street Big Bus entry

Concept Cupboard creatives take over Fallon’s basement

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It already seems like a lifetime ago but last week Concept Cupboard & a horde of talented creatives from across the UK took over Fallon’s basement for an evening to work on two live briefs. Startup Britain & Not On The High Street very kindly volunteered to let our student creatives loose on their brand with the aim of coming up with a winning entry for CBS Outdoor’s Big Bus Challenge. The winning entry won’t be announced until September, but we’ll be sure to update this post when the results are out.

In a six hour working session the creatives presented their work to our Creative Directors (Messrs Andy Ray & Dave Hobbs, shown below) with the aim of delivering final concepts that could be presented to the clients the following morning. It was a tall order, but everyone delivered and there was some truly stunning work.

Feedback from the Creative Directors, helpers and most importantly the clients was glowing. As you can see from the pictures below it was hard work, but everyone enjoyed themselves and it just goes to show what this next generation of creative talent are capable of if they are given the chance. That’s what Concept Cupboard is all about.

To see the final creative that was submitted into the Big Bus Challenge check out this post.

Big thank-yous need to go out to the following people for making the event such a success: Andy Ray, Dave Hobbs, Emma Jones, Jamie Williams, the Not On The high Street team, Gail Gallie & her team at Fallon including Kevin & Sophia, Paul Mann from Young Creative Council, Laila Milborrow, Paul Pearson, Andy O’Sullivan, Simon Devonshire, Julie Cheetham & Guy McConnell.

Andy Ray & Dave Hobbs smiling for the camera

Everyone hard at work

Still working hard

Guy, Julie & Dave

Still hard at work

Andy chatting to Emma & Jess

Emma Jones working with Jakob

Some of our creatives hard at work

Hobbsy doing the rounds

Andy & Laila posing for the camera

Kee taking a break

Andy hard at work

Photographer needed in Durham ASAP

We’re looking, on behalf of a client, for a talented student photographer in Durham. Here are more details on the job:

  • A tie company are looking to re-shoot half of their product range (approx. 600 products)
  • All ties will be shot on a mannequin with a white shirt (see image for example)
  • Based in Durham they are looking to shoot very soon
  • The budget is approximately £750
  • There is the chance of future work

Tie shot

If you are interested & are close to Durham or able to travel there get in touch now. Either email chris@conceptcupboard.com or call 0208 334 2879.

Concept Cupboard creatives rock 10 Downing Street

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It’s not everyday you get invited to 10 Downing Street, but yesterday that is exactly what happened. Not only did I get an invite, but two Concept Cupboard creatives (Tim & Sam pictured below) were also there to showcase a video they had produced.

Tim & Sam at Number 10 Downing Street

It was all part of the StartUp Britain campaign. The founding partners were presenting a review of the recent “Marketing 4 StartUp Britain” week and also invited their founding sponsors (& yours truly) to discuss some key initiatives they have planned for the coming months. I can’t tell you much about that at the moment, but needless to say the StartUp Britain team are working tirelessly to get huge initiatives off the ground as soon as possible.

Chris Dodson at Number 10 Downing Street

There were a few things that struck me during the meeting.

1. The team from Number 10, including Steve Hilton (Senior Adviser to the Prime Minister), really are working their backsides off trying to make things happen. They do get what small businesses are all about and they are working on initiatives to fix them. It wasn’t just talk they actually had actions in place to fix problems that were being flagged.

2. The StartUp Britain team are relentlessly trying to push themselves and create bigger and better programmes to help UK businesses. It was great to hear Emma Jones, Oli Barrett, Michael Hayman and co. laying down their thoughts on how they can make StartUp Britain even more successful.

3. I really couldn’t believe that just 5 months after launch Concept Cupboard had been invited to a meeting with senior political and corporate figures to chat about the future of small business.

But the highlight of the evening came when Tim & Sam were asked to show the video they had produced. Everyone in the room was mightily impressed, but I also think a little bit surprised that two young lads could produce something so polished & engaging. It was a great advert for Concept Cupboard, the guys themselves & also all of the creatives graduating from UK universities. Fingers crossed it leads to projects from those companies.

Concept Cupboard at Artsmart London

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We’ve had an awesome few days at the Artsmart event in Pimlico. Organised by the University of the Arts London the event has been held over two days bringing together recruiters, exhibitors and experts giving talks on subjects like Intellectual Property protection and setting yourself up as a freelancer.

Artsmart logo

The overwhelming feeling from the two days is that there is a lot of top notch talent now entering the job market. It’s now up to UK businesses to make the most of this talent and not let it go to waste.

It’s also been great to meet other businesses like Cyclodelic (beautiful women’s bicycle apparel & accessories), BaseKit (self-build web design software) and School for Creative Startups (Doug Richard’s new venture – helping creatives startup themselves).

University of the Arts

Our stand / corner

Our banner stands

Food!

Market stalls

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