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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Announcing the BIG Xmas Party 2014

If you are interested in technology, creativity ideas, bio-tech and friendly networking then come and join us, Creating Cambridge, on Friday 5 December for the 5rd BIG Xmas Party that, like last year, will be held at the Pitt Club.

The previous 9 events were great successes: many of the people who attended asked us to keep organising these events so here we are.

We are promoting this event 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.

Please hurry to buy your ticket(s) as it’s going to be another great event. Looking forward to seeing you there!

Book now by clicking here!

If you would like to get involved with the event or wish to be a sponsor please contact:

PLEASE NOTICE:

  • Unfortunately we will not be able to cater for special dietary needs
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Blue Smile Project is the partner charity for the BIG Summer BBQ 2014

bluesmile-logoWe are very pleased to announce that Blue Smile Project is the partner charity  for the BIG Summer BBQ 2014.  Blue Smile is a Cambridgeshire children’s charity which provides mentoring and counselling in primary schools to help troubled children fulfill their true potential and have happier childhoods. It can quite simply be life-changing. Without specialist support, vulnerable children can go on to develop mental illnesses and anti-social behaviours, which puts huge pressures on local services and costs our community dear. Blue Smile changes that outlook and helps to give children a happier and brighter future… the right of every child.

Once more we will contribute 15% of all tickets sold via groups plus all funds raised from the usual raffle; please come along and help us raise money for Blue Smile Project.

Kathie Neal, head of Fundraising Partnerships for Blue Smile Project commented:  “Blue Smile is really delighted that we are to be the benefiting charity at the Big Summer BBQ this year. We are very grateful for this opportunity to raise awareness of our critical work as well as to be receiving vital donations.”

Tickets are available at Early Bird price until 31 May, buy yours now!

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Announcing the BIG Summer BBQ 2014

It’s pretty cold out there and there are floods everywhere; let’s look at a bright and warm summery future.  We are already planning the BIG Summer BBQ 2014 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 4 July at The Fort St. George (by the river, on Midsummer Common).

The previous 8 events were great successes: many of the people who attended asked us to keep organising these events so here we are. We are promoting the BIG Summer BBQ 2014 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@lucasenatore.com [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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A note from MAGPAS to the BIG Xmas Party 2013

magpasCreating Cambridge was initially created to help cross pollination of networking groups and meetups in Cambridge. As part of our initial purpose within Creating Cambridge we always had the intention to help local charities with some of their good causes. The latest event we run last week, the BIG Xmas Party 2013, had Magpas as charity of choice and it was a great pleasure working with them and helping them to raise some funds for their highly demanding task, a total of £324.60, adding up the sales from the raffle, some private contributions from attendees at the party and the 15% of tickets sold via groups. Antonia Brikell, head of communication for Magpas, commented:

On behalf of Magpas – The Emergency Medical Charity, I would like to thank Luca, Massimo and the rest of the team at Creating Cambridge for choosing to support Magpas – The Emergency Medical Charity once again, at the BIG Xmas Party 2013!

To raise over £300 in one night is brilliant and we very much appreciate everyone’s generosity. We are also immensely grateful to all involved for helping to spread the word about our essential lifesaving service. The funds raised will make a key difference, enabling our charity funded enhanced Doctor and Paramedic teams to carry on attending seriously ill or injured patients by air or by land, in their moment of need. Many thanks again for helping us to save lives in Cambridge, the East of England and beyond. You can always keep up to date with what’s happening at Magpas, by visiting: www.magpas.org.uk

 

 

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Creating Cambridge BIG thank you for another successful BIG Xmas Party 2013

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Creating Cambridge BIG Xmas Party 2013 was yet another fantastic success! As you may already know, the Creating Cambridge events are two each year: The Creating Cambridge BIG Summer BBQ which is the more relaxed summer event which normally sees 200/250 attendees and the BIG Xmas Party which is the smaller (~120 people) and slightly more formal event. This year’s event at The Pitt Club turned out to be the best BIG Xmas party to date.

What contributed to making it the best one yet include without a doubt:

  • The simply beautiful, exclusive venue which offered a gorgeously elegant set up, brilliant location and state of the art service
  • The amazing support from our Gold Sponsor – Business Weekly. They have demonstrated faith and loyalty and we are very grateful
  • All other sponsors including: Salus Wellness Clinics, Genie Goals, Big Cup Little Cup Nespresso compatible coffee capsules, Kopi, a gourmet coffee subscription
  • Out chosen charity of the year, Magpas for which we managed to raise more than £340
  • The fact that we had plenty of booze and simply delicious food

However, the real success of the Creating Cambridge events, including this last BIG Xmas Party, must be attributed to those who attended the event! Year after year we have seen more and more people attending our events, new faces, friends of familiar faces and the numbers are growing continuously. This year, we have capped the initial number to 100, then ended up selling almost 120 tickets!

Please have a look at a few pictures of the event:

We are already at work planning the Creating Cambridge BIG (VERY BIG) Summer BBQ 2014 and have already booked the venue and are looking to make the food a lot better than it’s ever been… a true feast! Also, we are looking to add a 15 minute dose of pure inspiration and education from one of the most respected personalities in the country, possibly in the world. More on this soon. The date will be announced by the end of January and sponsorships will be available from February giving our partners 5 months of solid coverage. We are confident that we will reach 300+ attendees next summer and we know that we will achieve that thanks to you!

So, after the Creating Cambridge BIG Xmas Party 2013 and before the Creating Cambridge BIG Summer BBQ 2014, Creating Cambridge would like to send out a BIG Thank you to all of you who continuously support us and follow us.

Have a fantastic Christmas and a fabulous start of the new year!

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Business Weekly GOLD Sponsor of the BIG Xmas Party 2013

We are very pleased to announce that Business Weekly has decided once more to partner up with Creating Cambridge and become the GOLD and Media Sponsor of the BIG Xmas Party 2013!
Business Weekly LogoBusiness Weekly is a privately owned B2B print and online publication based in Cambridge but with global reach through its highly ranked website (www.businessweekly.co.uk) which enjoys significant penetration in all the major trade hotspots around the globe. Established in 1990, Business Weekly was called ‘the best B2B publication this side of San Francisco’ by Ubisense CEO Richard Green and has been backed since inception by Acorn founder, serial entrepreneur and ‘Silicon Valley Visionary of the Year’ Hermann Hauser.

Business Weekly’s Killer50 rankings – the top 50 technology companies in the region – provides the landing page for Sherry Coutu’s transformational Cambridge Cluster Map, which promotes Cambridge to new global trade partners. Through collaborations with government and corporate influencers, Business Weekly also performs a key role as an international trade facilitator.

To find out more, visit www.businessweekly.co.uk

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Announcing the BIG Xmas Party 2013

If you are interested in technology, creativity ideas, bio-tech and friendly networking then come and join us, Creating Cambridge, on Friday 6 December for the 4rd BIG Xmas Party that, like last year, will be held at the Cambridge Union Society.

The previous 7 events were great successes: many of the people who attended asked us to keep organising these events so here we are.

We are promoting this event 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.

Please hurry to buy your ticket(s) as it’s going to be another great event. Looking forward to seeing you there!

Book now by clicking here!

If you would like to get involved with the event or wish to be a sponsor please contact:

PLEASE NOTICE:

  • Unfortunately we will not be able to cater for special dietary needs
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