26 May 2016back

Creative Internships Blog Week 30

Hephzibah Leafe, Venue Cymru

A Story of Tom Jones The Musical arrived at Venue Cymru on Tuesday 10th May for a 5 night run. Venue Cymru hosted a corporate networking event on the opening night. We collaborated with other Conwy Council run departments such as Parc Eirias and Corporate Marketing. Each department invited some of their current supporters as well as new potential sponsors.

The aim of the event was to bring departments together and provide the opportunity to network. The evening began with an introductory speech from our general manager, Sarah Ecob. This was followed with a speech by a Venue Cymru/Theatr Colwyn supporter, Andrew Bowden from Cartrefi Conwy. He spoke about his experience of sponsorship and in particular, of the ‘Digital Inclusion’ project which helps Cartrefi Conwy tenants learn digital life skills through photography workshops. (This project has been shortlisted for the upcoming Arts and Business Cymru awards in the Arts, Business and Health category). Howard Vaughan from Brenig Construction spoke positively about his experience of working with events through sponsorship in order to get his company name out to the public at the early stages.
The evening gave the opportunity to network before the show, during the interval and post show. The feedback was positive and the evening successful, with people from across North Wales and with various sponsorship interests coming together.

 One of my roles leading up to this event was to complete our corporate membership document which we began renovating when I started the internship. This now offers 3 (instead of 2) levels of membership and ensures that the businesses are getting a broad range of benefits as well as ensuring that Venue Cymru do not ‘undersell’ the membership. Thinking back to week one of the internship, myself and three colleagues attended a workshop at our venue called ‘Slingshot Sponsorship’. This was delivered by a very experience lady called Jackie Fast. It was a really useful workshop to throw me straight into the world of Sponsorship and the rest of the team felt inspired to rethink our membership scheme. The document I had been working on was launched at the Tom Jones event and we will be working to attract more businesses to our renovated membership scheme.

Since my last post, I have submitted all three of the grant applications I was working on and now I have some time to wait until I hear the outcomes!

 I am looking forward to the Arts and Business Cymru Awards which is fast approaching and will enjoy celebrating the range of successful arts and business relationships!

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