The BIG (kinda) Summer BBQ 2015 Recap

While writing this I find myself typing “BIG Xmas Party” instead of “BIG Summer Party”… might have something to do with the rainy, dark 12-degrees evening we managed to pick for the Creating Cambridge BIG Simmer BBQ 2015.

imagesAs predicted it was rainy, it was cold and some of us did indeed get a little wet but the evening turned out to be an amazing success even tough conditions weren’t favorable. The feedback we’re getting from loads of you are overwhelming and we’re really appreciative of your effort and loyalty. Thank you!

Also a massive thank you to our sponsors:

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Genie Ventures
was our Gold Sponsor and also ended up winning 4 of the 6 raffle prizes. A fix? They deny all accusations :-) Genie Ventures supported the Creating Cambridge events twice before and we feel really honored by being backed by such innovative and successful organization – based in Cambridge with clients and a strong reputation globally. Genie Venture’s MD, Ciaron Dunne, gave a great speech supporting the core meaning of our events: celebrate a Cambridge that is creative, innovative and indeed one of the world’s leaders in several sectors.

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Airport Lynx was our Silver Sponsor and we’re super grateful for their support. Airport Lynx have established themselves as the number one premiere taxi service to and from UK airports  and stations (and everything in between).

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Little Dragon Films also supported us and not only that, they’ve also done the filming of the event which will be made available in the coming weeks. Check out Little Dragon Films, they’re great to work with and are amazing at their job. They (promised to) make even me look decent on camera… :-)

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Salus Wellness Clinics was another sponsor – a massive thank you to them! Salus Wellness Clinics offer a myriad of treatments, both physical and psychological. They have more than 50 practitioners and a super convenient location with nearby parking.

During our events we always like to support a local charity by donating 15% of the proceedings from tickets sold by the groups involved in the event, donate 100% of the money raised with the raffle tickets and of course by raising awareness both during and after the event. This year we’re honored to having had the opportunity to work with Brainbow.

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Brainbow is a partnership between three independent charities – Anna’s Hope, Camille’s Appeal and Tom’s Trust, working with Addenbrooke’s Hospital – and their goal is to fund and provide a pioneering rehabilitation service in the East of England for children with brain tumors.

Brainbow’s team includes Physiotherapists, a Speech and Language Therapist, Occupational Therapist and Clinical Psychologists.

We’re pleased to report that during the event we’ve managed to raise a few hundred pounds and Brainbow was extremely well-received by all delegates. Here’s what Carla Brown, Corporate Fundraising Manager at Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust (ACT) said:

CarlaBrown_LThank you for your support in raising funds for £299.70 for the Brainbow services, following your BIG Summer BBQ at The Fort St George.  The money you have raised will help children with brain tumours reach their full potential.

We believe that every patient deserves the best possible care. That’s why we are hugely grateful for the generous support of people like Creating Cambridge, which helps the hospitals to offer a level of care beyond that which the NHS alone can provide.

With the help of supporters such as yourself it has been possible to fund a broad range of Brainbow services benefiting children with brain tumours and their families and carers. These include, to mention just a few examples, assessment materials for therapists, handwriting programmes to help children’s writing skills and an adjustable bath step to help families with day-to-day tasks.

In the coming weeks, there’ll be another post or two with the event’s video and Massimo will send you all an email when the video is ready. Massimo and I will also keep you informed about the Creating Cambridge BIG Xmas Party which promises to be the best one yet!

And remember, we’re all Creating Cambridge, if you want to get involved in the organization of our events, reach out to us, there are a number of ways we can partner!

Happy summer!

Luca

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BIG Summer BBQ 2015 – against all odds

Admittedly, this isn’t the most encouraging picture:
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So here’s a better one:

burgerThere might be a bit of bad weather (hey, it’s England after all, not south of Spain), it might look more like October than July, it might rain a little and we might even get a little wet (although we have reserved space inside and also under the majestic roofed / umbrellas area outside)! But there’ll also be loads of delicious food, booze till the bar is empty and a fantastic delegates’ list amounting to almost 200! We’re certainly going to be there tonight and hope you’re too!

It’ll be great to see you all and together celebrate (hope for) the summer, celebrate business, celebrate entrepreneurship and celebrate Cambridge.

A special thank you to our Gold Sponsor, Genie Ventures for their continuous support. Genie Ventures is an internet company working with global brands, strengthening the presence of Cambridge-based organisations in the world. Genie Ventures is hiring – check out their current vacancies.

We’d like to thank our Silver Sponsor, Airport Lynx and bronze sponsors Little Dragon Films and Salus Wellness Clinics three great organizations providing amazing value in what they do. So much so that we’ve chosen Little Dragon Films for the filming of the event, we regularly use Airport Lynx for our trips to airport both for business and leisure and Salus Wellness for their broad range of amazing treatments!

We can’t wait to see you all, networking, catching up and, most importantly, Creating Cambridge!

See you all later.

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Genie Ventures Sponsors the BIG Summer BBQ 2015

genie ventures logoWe’re really excited to announce that Genie Ventures, a successful Cambridge-based internet company which boasts a client list including Sky, BT, Three and other household names, has confirmed Gold Sponsorship for the Creating Cambridge BIG Summer BBQ 2015.

Genie Ventures, founded in Cambridge in 2008, was created as an umbrella company in which to home these disparate niche brands; and has gone on to become one of the leading digital marketing and publishing organisations in the UK.

It now also has an extensive US presence, with marketing campaigns running for clients in more than 63 countries. It has shown continuous forward momentum, even through some tough economic times.

A key to this growth has been Genie Goals, a vibrant ‘pay per click’ (PPC) and Google Shopping campaigns agency. It is working with global brands of the likes of  Calvin Klein, Naked Wines, Dwell (part of DFS), Amara Living, Hughes Electrical, Cimpress and many more, sharing the knowledge and technology built up over a decade online – and earning speaking engagements at some of the world’s leading marketing events.

Genie Ventures is always on the lookout for smart individuals with a passion for marketing, technology and, just as importantly, getting things done. Ciaron Dunne, MD of Genie Ventures, says: “We’d love to speak with anyone interested in a career in online marketing, we’re looking for smart people who’re seeking to grow, both personally and professionally”.

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Little Dragon at The BIG Summer BBQ 2015

Little Dragon LogoWe’re delighted to announce Little Dragon as one of our great sponsors at the Creating Cambridge  BIG Summer BBQ 2015.

They are a Cambridge based video production company. As video is the best way to tell your story and market your business online they excel at crafting engaging content for a variety of audiences using the best digital video tools and techniques. You can find them at www.littledragonfilms.co.uk

Creating Cambridge are proud to partner with Little Dragon and invite you to find out more about this fantastic Cambridge organization HERE or visit their website.

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Airport Lynx at The BIG Summer BBQ 2015

Airport Lynx LogoWe’re delighted to announce Airport Lynx as one of our great sponsors at the Creating Cambridge  BIG Summer BBQ 2015.

They are the “go to people to take you from A to B safely and in style” and were awarded the Silver prize in the “Chauffeur Company of the Year” category at the 2014 Pro Driver Awards.

Creating Cambridge are proud to partner with Airport Lynx and invite you to find out more about this fantastic Cambridge organization HERE or visit their website.

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Announcing the BIG Summer BBQ 2015

We are pleased to announce the BIG Summer BBQ 2015 to be bigger and better than any of the previous ones.  If you are interested in technology, creativity ideas, bio-tech and friendly networking then come and join us, Creating Cambridge, on Friday 24 July at The Fort St. George (by the river, on Midsummer Common).

The previous 10 events were great successes: many of the people who attended asked us to keep organising these events so here we are. As usual we are promoting the BIG Summer BBQ 2015 together with a range of selected local networking groups. We are sure you will have the opportunity of meeting many new people, but also of catching up with many colleagues and friends. We’ll be serving:

Mains:

  • Hand Pressed Burgers With Balsamic Fried Red Onions
  • Black Bean & Jalapeno Burger
  • Old Gloucester Spot Sausages
  • Seasoned Chicken Breast

Accompaniments & Salads:

  • Mixed Leaf Salad
  • New Potato & Chive Salad
  • Hand Made Fennel Salad

Book now!

We are looking for sponsors for the event and we have a range of different packages available. If you wish to be a sponsor please contact:
massimo@biq-uk.com [bookings, tickets, marketing and media contact]
luca.senatore@geniegoals.co.uk [sponsors contact]

Here below the list (to be confirmed) of Groups and Networks that are helping us to promote the BBQ and raise money for charity.

  • Cambridge AWiSE
  • CamCreative
  • Cambridge Mobile App Group
  • Pitch and Mix
  • Software East

PLEASE NOTE:

  • Unfortunately we will not be able to cater for special dietary needs
  • The Fort St. George is very central and there is no parking nearby. If you are driving to the BBQ please park at the Grafton Centre car park on Newmarket Road and walk. It’s about 10 minutes away.
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Onespacemedia at Creating Cambridge BIG Xmas Party 2014

Creating Cambridge are proud to announce a new exciting sponsor supporting the BIG Xmas Party 2014.

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Onespacemedia are a premier Cambridge digital creative agency, specialising in the design and development of large, complex websites and systems. The company’s cross-disciplinary team work prolifically across the academic, financial, technology and life sciences sectors and were recently rated as the number one client-rated digital agency in Cambridge (1-25 staff category) – and in the top 25 in the UK.

Thomas Rumbold, Onespacemedia’s Head of Product said:

“As part of Cambridge’s bustling digital technology sector, we’re thrilled to be supporting Creating Cambridge, and the work that the team do to open up communication between such a rich collection of technologists, innovators and academics.

Cambridge is in the enviable position of being home to one of the world’s most prestigious technology sectors -supported by a network of partners that work to deliver some of the most ambitious, forward-thinking work in the world. Opening up communication between the companies and individuals that drive their success is to the huge benefit of the technology sector and beyond – regionally, nationally and internationally.”

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@onespacemedia

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Romsey Mill is the charity for the BIG Xmas 2014

RomseyMillLogoAs those who have attended past events already know, we pride ourselves in using our events to support charities in the area. This year we decided to support Romsey Mill.

Following a tradition we established over the last few events we will offer to Romsey Mill all money raised through the raffle held on the night of the party as well as 15% of all group discounted tickets to the charity, thus involving the many groups and networks that support the event.

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Cambridge-based International Internet Company Sponsors Creating Cambridge BIG Xmas Party 2014

genie ventures logoWe’re really excited to announce a new partnership with Genie Ventures, a successful Cambridge-based internet company which boasts a client list including Sky, BT, Hughes Electrical and Dwell (part of DFS), alongside other household names.

The company’s origins date back to 2004 and the launch of Broadband Genie, which has enjoyed a decade as one of the UK’s leading broadband comparison sites. The team has since successfully launched everything from coffee (Kopi, Big Cup Little Cup) to comparison sites (Crowdstorm, Office Genie).

Genie Ventures, founded in Cambridge in 2008, was created as an umbrella company in which to home these disparate niche brands; and has gone on to become one of the leading digital marketing and publishing organisations in the UK.

It now also has an extensive US presence, with marketing campaigns running for clients in more than 60 countries. It has shown continuous forward momentum, even through some tough economic times.

A key to this growth has been Genie Goals, a vibrant ‘pay per click’ (PPC) and Google Shopping campaigns agency. It is working with top retailers, sharing the knowledge and technology built up over a decade online – and earning speaking engagements at some of the world’s leading marketing events.

Genie Ventures is always on the lookout for smart individuals with a passion for marketing, technology and, just as importantly, getting things done. Ciaron Dunne, MD of Genie Ventures, says: “We’d love to speak with anyone interested in a career in online marketing, and are also very keen to speak with PHP developers.”

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Groups supporting the BIG Xmas Party 2014: 5 good reasons why

DSCN2596When we first run our first event we decided to use the Creating Cambridge name as an independent organisation which only mission was to facilitate cross pollination of groups. Once people from different groups are gathered under the same roof they realise what else is out there and what amazing new conversations can be established.

Groups over the year have been promoting our events for the following reasons:

  1. finding out about what other groups do and how they operate
  2. cross pollination of people and ideas
  3. creating new collaborations and partnerships
  4. enjoying a pre-packaged party without having to organise it
  5. ensuring that even a minimum attendance to the Christmas Party has its contribution

We often stress the first 3 points when we talk to group organiser but I will spend a bit of attention to the last two this time. Many organisers are very busy and organising a Xmas party is more than trivial; decent venues are often pre-booked and expensive and you need a minimum number of people to ensure the critical mass to have a party.

The Big Xmas Party allows members of a group to simply join the party and network with their fellow members.  Also if a group has even just 2 or 3 people who would like a party but, for the reason described above, it’s difficult to organise one the BIG Xmas Party is the perfect environment for this people to blend in with others and have a great time.

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