Middlesex University Opens New Creative Industries Centre

The Grove, Middlesex University’s new £80 million centre for the study of creative industries,  has just been officially opened and Roz Morris, Managing Director of TV News London, was among more than a hundred guests who attended the opening ceremony at the university’s Hendon Campus in the London Borough of Barnet, North London.  Creative industries are estimated to contribute £60 billion a year to the UK economy and Roz, who is also a Governor of nearby Barnet and Southgate College, joined guests including Councillor Richard Cornelius, Leader of Barnet Council, and the Mayor of Barnet, Councillor Lisa Rutter.

“I’m pleased to see that Middlesex University  is providing high quality training facilities for students who want to work in TV and radio and also in fashion, graphic design, animation and other creative fields”, Roz says.  “In addition the media facilities  we have at Barnet and Southgate College mean that media students in North London have terrific opportunities for training to join the media industry.”

Hendon CampusAs well as speeches from Middlesex University’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Michael Driscoll, and Sir John Sorrell,  Founder and Chairman of the London Design Festival and Co-Chair of the Sorrell Foundation, the event included music from a choir and a student rock band, plus a street dance performance choreographed by members of Flawless( Winners of ITV’s Britain’s Got talent), and a fashion show with white paper outfits made and styled during the evening.  

Sir John Sorrell, who together with his wife Frances, set up and ran Newell and Sorrell, one of Europe’s biggest and most successful design businesses, told the audience in the spacious atrium of The Grove building that his time at Hornsey School of Art, now part of Middlesex University, had set him up for his 40 year career in design. He estimated that he had created more than 15,000 jobs and paid more than £50 million in corporation tax, a reminder of how important design and creative arts are to the UK economy.

‘Britain is a world leader in creative arts and we must continually work to maintain that’ he said, adding that, in his role as a Business Ambassador for the British Government, he had recently visited China and Brazil where they government’s are actively trying to catch up with the UK in terms of creative business. “We must keep telling the Government always to keep our great art schools, because they are so valuable to Britain’s world leading role in the creative industries”, he said.

Hendon campus The Grove is Middlesex University’s most ambitious building project and, at 15,000 square metres, is also the largest, providing facilities for around 3,000 of the university’s 10,000 students.  It has state of the art media facilities, including a TV Newsroom, two HD TV production studios, AVID edit suites, two digital radio studios,  specialist studios for 3D animation photographic studios and one of the best equipped digital darkrooms in the UK.  The building also contains specialist workshops for wood, metal, plastics, ceramics, glass, screenprint, etching,  letterpress, sound interaction, electronics, laser cutting and digital print as well as facilities for students working on degrees in fashion, fine art, graphic design, illustration, interior architecture, interior design, jewellery and textiles.  The building also has space to showcase student work. The Grove’s large atrium is designed as a venue for events, exhibitions and fashion shows.

Published 28 November 2011


The National Everywoman Conference 2011

TV News London’s Office Manager Lydia Nicolaides was one of the 300 businesswomen attending the 11th National Everywoman Conference at the Grand Connaught Rooms in London.  The Everywoman network is now over 40,000 women in business from all around the UK and aims to provide advice and to  challenge and change mindsets to increase the numbers and raise the status of women in the economic community.

This years conference theme was the art of business success and how to inject authenticity, integrity and your own spirit into your business.  Maria Kempinska MBE, Founder of Jongleurs, the comedy club,  gave this year’s keynote speech with her interesting story and insight into working in a male dominated business arena.   She has built a successful brand and empire all by using her bicycle as collateral for a loan to finance her vision.

"Having attended the everywoman conference last year with Roz”  Lydia says, “ I knew what to expect this year and came more focused and prepared to network and connect with like-minded women. My goal this year was to try and find some women inventors and innovators at the conference to let them know about a special Women Inventors and Innovators Media Workshop we are running in conjunction with the British Female Inventors and Innovators Network on 12 January 2012.  With this in mind, my first stop was to visit the British Library Business & IP Centre stand who were very helpful indeed and I took a bunch of flyers to put up in their centre and pass on.”

“I also very much enjoyed the panel session which was a delight to listen to, with each woman telling the audience their business experiences and advice on how to play to your strengths to stand out from the crowd. “   On the panel were Emma Elston, Director, UK Container Maintenance Limited, Trish Haplin, Editor-in-Chief, Marie Claire, Anita Lowe, Chief Executive, Venues Event Management and Vanita Parti, Founder, Blink Brow Bar.

Master classes at the conference this year were presented by Katy Howell, Managing Director, Immediate Future, Amanda Phillips, Managing Partner, An Abundance, Jack Milner, Trainer and Facilitator, Stand Up and Deliver, and Nina Grunfeld, Founder, Life Clubs.

Annie Ashdown, Founder of The Self Confidence Centre was the motivational speaker of the day and brought the conference to a close.  “She gave us an overwhelming feeling of solidarity and understanding in the room as open floor questions and responses to Annie’s questions were gaining emotional reactions and touching revelations from women in the audience” Lydia says.

Lydia adds: “Having been to two everywoman conferences now, I think the best thing I enjoy about it is the motivational aspect and sense of empowerment you leave the conference with.  You can do anything you put your mind to, don't be afraid to take risks, aim for excellence and kick limited beliefs to the curb. As Annie Ashdown put it to one member of the audience be “ like the oak tree standing strong and tall ."

To find out more about everywoman visit  www.everywoman.com

To find out more about TV News London’s Media Workshop for inventors and innovators click here


Published 11 November 2011