We’re back to tell you about the past month at Melvin Creative. It’s been a varied month for us, as we got out from behind our desks and went out into the big and (as it turns out) not-so-bad world of networking. And it wasn’t just because of the Fortnite blackhole.

To B2B or not to B2B?

So first off, I (Michael Melvin, blog-writer in chief at Melvin Creative) joined the B2B Glasgow pilot project, a business development group set up by Colin McDermott (he of over 11,000 connections on LinkedIn fame!). The project’s aim is to provide a platform for business owners to share ideas, discuss issues and help each get to where we want to be with our respective businesses. All with a friendly supportive group helping us along the way. Check it out at theb2bclub.co.uk

At the time of writing we're about six weeks in to the B2B project. We catch up each week with a group video chat over ZOOM. We talk about our week and are set tasks to complete before our next chat. This could be, for example, getting back in touch with five clients who have been quiet for a while, or considering recruiting freelance or part-time staff to free up time to let us concentrate on work rather than admin. I’m pleased to report that I’m staying on top of my homework and it's going well so far – stay tuned for more updates each month! 

If you're interested in getting into the world of networking, you can get in touch with Colin directly and try out one of the B2B networking events: colin@theb2bclub.co.uk

Flying with the Windmill Hill Dragons

We are also delighted to tell you that Melvin Creative are the proud sponsors of the Windmill Hill Dragon's Football Team for season 2019/2020. Windmill Hill are part of the Merseyside and Halewood league. Although MC isn’t based in the North-West of England, we do have business connections there. We have provided their season's kit, and we’re pleased as punch to report that the Dragons are already top of the league.

…And brewing up some business

True to this month’s theme, I also attended the Glasgow East End Connections networking event at Drygate Brewery. Drygate is in one of the oldest parts of Glasgow, next to Tennent's Brewery. And last month it was home to more than the usual craft brews and bottles: newcomers (like me!) and members/non-members of Glasgow EEC alike gathered to share their stories and businesses. Members and premium members get between five minutes and 20 seconds to present their businesses to you, while non-members get to dip their toes in the water with a ten-second elevator pitch (which was much harder than you may think!). It was fantastic hearing about the diverse businesses in Glasgow’s East End while enjoying friendly atmosphere and plenty of tea and coffee. Will I join? Possibly. Will I go to the next one? Definitely!

If you think this event might be one for you, get in touch Fiona Colbron-Brown, Founding Director of East End Connections (glasgoweec.co.uk).

And that’s you all caught up on this month at MC! Until next time.

If there’s one thing that most creative or digital agencies have in common, it’s that one of the last things to get done is your own website. Between designing websites for clients or creating logos, reports, packaging and what have you, there just isn’t time for doing the in-house stuff. It often gets pushed back to make way for projects that pay the bills.

But the more observant among you will have noticed that this here blog on this here website is our blog on our very own website. The Melvin Creative website is live at long last. It’s packed full of case studies and reviews to make us blush, as well as more info about what we do. We couldn’t be more pleased with it.

And with this great website comes great responsibility. Each month, we’ll be setting aside time to update you on what we’ve been up to. We’ll share behind-the-scenes looks at projects we’ve been working on, from concept to artboard to publication. We’ll also tell you what we’ve been doing outside the office – be it networking events, or be it community involvement and mentoring projects. 

We’ll also take it upon ourselves to write the occasional how-to post. Maybe you’ll learn something, maybe we’ll learn something. Got any questions about our work, or the creative industry? Put them in a comment below, or an email, envelope, carrier pigeon, whatever, and send them to us. Maybe you’ll find your answer in a future blog post.

So, here goes. See you next month!

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