BIG Symposium Line Up – 17 May 2018

Our Business Innovation for Growth (BIG) Symposium takes place on Thursday 17th May 2018 in the North Transept at Blackburn Cathedral.

BIG involves a series of presentations and panel discussions hosted in association with Creative LancashireCrafts Council and Lancashire Skills Hub. These plenary events will explore the relationship between making, skills, and new or emerging technologies through a variety of applications, interventions and interactions with arts and crafts.

The afternoon’s events include contributions from Crafts Council, Innovate UK, relevant thought leaders, academics and case studies of pioneering businesses harnessing ‘creating and making’ skills to help them innovate, increase productivity and maintain a competitive edge.

Our Agenda for the day is as follows:


Welcome by our host, Hannah Stewart (RCA)


Annie Warburton (Creative Director, Crafts Council) – “Innovation Through Craft”


Philippa Glover (Innovate UK: Knowledge Transfer Network)


Panel Q&A with Hannah Stewart, Annie Warburton and Philippa Glover

14.05 – Break


Craft in Industry Case Studies  – with Oscar Wanless (Silo Studio) and James Watson (Surface Print Ltd and 1838 Wall Coverings)


Charles Hadcock (DL, Chairman of Creative Lancashire) – “Creativity Works”

15.20 – Break


Mo Isap (IN4.0 & NFORM Education)


Adam Slade and Vanessa Jones (Standfast & Barracks)


Panel Q&A hosted by Andy Walker (Creative Lancashire)

Closing comments by Hannah Stewart

The focus of the day will include the following topics:

  • The crucial role of creativity and making in helping businesses to innovate and solve problems.
  • The skills we need to teach now, in readiness for our “factories of the future”.
  • How creative skills are applied in industry and their role in supply chain innovation.

Download a copy of our Conference Programme publication

Tickets can be booked on Eventbrite

Your ticket includes complimentary free access to the evening Conversations in Creativity event with Martyn Ware, (hosted by John Robb).