News - 14 November 2014

Future Factory Newsletter November 2014

Future Factory is an award winning ERDF funded project that helps small and medium sized organisations in the East Midlands to find competitive edge and become more environmentally sustainable. It achieves this by brokering and funding unique, expert, tailor-made projects and access to specialist workshops.

 For all enquiries about Future Factory call 0115 848 8675 or email FutureFactory

Introduction to 3D Printing Workshop

During November, Future Factory is offering local small and medium sized businesses a free hands-on introduction to 3D printing. The 3-hour workshop will explore every step, from designing to printing using entry level 3D printers.

The workshop is aimed at businesses that are thinking of getting involved with 3D printing but are not sure where to start.  You will learn useful setup and print techniques to help achieve optimal results and be able to discuss your specific design requirements with us.

Delegates who have attended our previous CAD software training can bring the 3D models they created on those sessions.  Newcomers can bring their own 3D designs or use one of the ready-made models that will be available to work with. No formal qualifications are needed, just basic PC or Mac skills. The workshops are running between the 11th and 27th November on either Tuesday evenings (6-9pm) or Thursday afternoons (2-5pm).  The interactive nature of the course means that only limited places are available in each session and priority will be given to new clients who have not worked with Future Factory previously. 

To book a place please contact Maria on 0115 848 8675 or e-mail

Workshop: Design. Reduce. Innovate: Design for low material futures 

Wednesday, 26th November 2014, 9 am to 1 pm, 

Working with you project -Nottingham City Centre

Aimed at Small and Medium Sized Organisations and sole traders (SMEs) in the East Midlands, this event will appeal to designers from diverse backgrounds who want to: 

  • Think creatively about design strategies that reduce waste and energy consumption in innovative ways;
  • Learn more about how designers, from jewellery makers to architects, have a critical role in reducing waste and energy consumption;
  • Learn from the successful experiences of other designers;
  • Influence and be involved in a dialogue with cutting edge research thinking;
  • Explore in practical ways some possible solutions for a low materials future.

This practical workshop is delivered and facilitated by UK INDEMAND, a research centre based at NTU and led by the University of Cambridge that is working to increase materials efficiency. We are also delighted to include a specialist guest speaker from The Great Recovery, a project that works to encourage a circular economy and good design thinking.

Register free online here.

Need help with your blogging?

Workshop: Blogging with AuthorityTuesday, 9th December 2014, 10am to 1.30pmWorking with you project – Nottingham Trent University, city campus

SMEs who are new to blogging, feel they need a refresher, or are daunted by the prospect of what blogging entails will find this morning workshop of great interest. Guided by digital marketing experts delegates will learn more about:

  • the value and strategic importance of blogging to promote a business web presence
  • Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) and keywords, and how to make use of them in blogging to drive website traffic
  • features of a successful blog, and how to communicate your company values with authority.

For more information and to book a place visit the online booking form

Government-backed growth vouchers for small businesses

Nottingham Business School are offering small businesses the chance to access the advice they need to succeed and grow and create more jobs and opportunities.

The Government’s Growth Voucher programme offers a voucher to match fund up to £2,000 towards the cost of high quality leadership and management advice from a national consortium of top business schools. Nottingham Business School will work with the University of Nottingham Business School on the scheme. For more information and to apply visit

Growth Accelerator companies grow 4 x faster than the average SME. Are you missing out?

Presented by Robert Cawdron, Growth Manager, with company case studies from the Scheme’s coaches 

Book your place now on this free lunchtime meeting with buffet (12 – 13.45 pm)

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