The Making Connections events, part of our Forge business support programme, have just been announced.

Organised by the Waltham Forest Business Network the events are designed to introduce the Blackhorse Lane creative businesses and communities in Waltham Forest to new business and growth opportunities and to allow them to learn more about a specific area of business.

The events will introduce participants to leading industry speakers and entrepreneurs who will share their expertise and journeys in the featured topic.  Invited guests will include businesses within Waltham Forest together with those with an interest in the borough.

These events will also offer the opportunity for other local community groups to meet the Forge businesses, find things in common, and create new connections.

These informal events will run 6.30pm – 9.00pm, with plenty of time to network, so practice your elevator speech and bring plenty of business cards!

Making Connections Events schedule – venue to be announced soon

  • 25 April 2019 – Intellectual Property – Speaker: Shireen Smith founder of law firm Azrights – the venue is This Time Next Year, Leyton
  • 13 June 2019 – Developing Creative Practice – Speaker: Patricia van den Akker of The Design Trust – the venue is This Time Next Year, Leyton
  • 26 September 2019 – Crowdfunding – Speaker 1 to be confirmed, Speaker 2 – Sarah Hardy (successful crowdfunder, The Edible Museum) (venue tbc)
  • 21 November 2019 – Accessing Large Retailers – Speaker: Sara Gatoff of Buying Visions (venue tbc)

To join us at these events you must first have completed an application for the Forge programme.

For any queries on any aspect of the programme. email Alice Harter, Project Manager at Creative United.

Please note, if you are a local non-creative business and would like to connect with creative and cultural entrepreneurs, artists and makers in the Blackhorse Lane area, please email Jo Sealy, who is organising the events.