Andrew Dixon, Chief Executive of Creative Scotland plus the MD of Tag Games, Paul Farley, are speaking to Thrive’s Business Lunch Club members on Wednesday, 21st September, 2011 at The Corinthian Club on Ingram Street, Glasgow.
Creative Scotland, founded last year, invests in the arts, screen and creative industries for the benefit of the people of Scotland.
Tag Games create games for the biggest gaming platforms on the planet – mobile, handheld and online. The Dundee-based business has comes a long way from a small cottage in Fife just 5 years ago and now has a global reach of over 4 billion people and can boast clients such as Channel 4, Namco Bandai, Square Enix, Endemol and the BBC.
Andrew Dixon will be sharing his experience with Thrive members. He describes the defining moment of his career (apart from Creative Scotland) as delivering a £250m capital plan for the arts in Newcastle, Gateshead and the North of England. His goal for this year is to position Creative Scotland as one of the world’s most creative cultural investment agencies. Thrive members will get insight into that process.
The business person Dixon would most like to meet at a Thrive networking event is Richard Branson, “Because he is a positive thinker who has turned his initial success in the creative industries into a global business”.
Paul Farley says his defining moment in business was, “Making the decision to leave a secure, well paid job to co-found Tag. I knew that if I didn’t make the leap of faith I’d always regret it. It’s been challenging, but there’s never been a day I’d wished I hadn’t done it!”
Farley is currently “Right in the middle of a major transition from making games that are unconnected and use a “pay per download” model to one that is based on making social/connected games that use a freemium monetisation model. We’ve had to completely change the structure of the studio, but I’m excited about the huge opportunities that lie ahead. Right now I want to complete that transition successfully and put Tag in a great position for accelerated growth in 2012.”
Thrive for Business is unique in that they offer sector-specific clubs with facilitated networking in small groups to maximise opportunities to get to know potential clients and key influencers in Scotland.
ENDS (background info on Thrive follows)
Thrive for Business – Info:
- Thrive runs a series of sector-specific business networking clubs in Scotland.
- Founded in 2005 by Amanda Kremer, a business development specialist with a strong track record of using networking to grow client bases.
- Kremer set up Thrive to fill a gap for sector-based facilitated networking.
- Thrive runs an average of 10 meetings a month in central Scotland, Dumfries & Galloway:
Technology – Glasgow
Energy – Edinburgh
Professional Services – Glasgow & Edinburgh
Hospitality – Glasgow
Property – Glasgow & Edinburgh
Dumfries & Galloway - Agriculture, Tourism plus Food & Drink
- Influential speakers at Thrive clubs include senior players from: Touch Bionics, Wolfson Microelectronics, Robert Wiseman Dairies, AgriScot, Scotland Food & Drink, G1 Group, Famous Grouse, Scottish Power Renewables, Scottish Government, Aquamarine Power, AMA Developments, Barrhead Regeneration, HSBC, Microsoft, and Investors in People.
- Thrive’s professional management at meetings accelerate results by providing structured opportunities for members, facilitating introductions and sourcing interesting visitors.
- Thrive guarantees an average of 40% new visitors per meeting to keep the network fresh, plus managed competition in business categories, and 1-2 potential clients at every meeting.
- Future plans include: an Energy club in Glasgow and a Life Sciences club in Edinburgh, plus Network Conferences in both cities.
- Thrive itself is thriving: on track to nearly double members by the end of 2012
- Thrive is the only business network in Scotland to offer a 33% discount to the third sector.