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December 10 @ 12:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Festivus for the Rest of Us
Join us for Festivus for the Rest of Us, our Christmas networking lunch for Scotland’s Creative Self-employed, Sole Traders, Portfolio Careerists, Freelancers and Small Companies. Expect a glass of fizz on arrival before getting stuck into a delicious two-course lunch, followed by the usual Christmas party shenanigans, including Secret Santa gift exchanging, valuable prizes, stress-free networking and even a visit from Santa, himself!
Enjoy Exclusive Member Benefits
We’re dedicated to being a member-driven community. That means that our members influence everything we do, letting us know what they need and how and when they want it. As a member, you’ll enjoy meeting like-minded folk from across the creative industries, gaining access to a range of unique events and benefiting from relevant discounts with trusted partners.
This isn’t about fitting into stereotypes. This is about connecting with other creative people on a journey and getting tailored support when you need it.
Priority & Discounted Booking
Never miss out on in-demand events again. Our full members get 3 days advanced
booking access and 20% off all events.
Curated Networking Opportunities
Fun, structured events for selected audiences ensure that you meet the right contacts.
Annual Business MOT
Meet annually with our creative business
advisors for a 1:1 session to review and plan.
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Calling all members in search of feedback and constructive opinions on everything from branding to new products to business ideas or pricing conundrums. Our regular creative crit event is a safe place to explore new ideas with peers who are in the exact same position. Think of it as a free focus group for your creative business. This event is FREE but pre-booking is encouraged to ensure places as spaces are limited to ensure everyone has time to share.
Love it or hate it, networking is a necessary evil in business. When built well and nurtured your network can accelerate every aspect of your business. Join networking expert and CEC co-founder Medeia Cohan for her honest perspective on how to network well and why it matters with this short, sharp lunch and learn session.
Need someone to run your plan past? Have questions that need answers or unique challenges that need solving? Or just need a business MOT session? Schedule in to see our amazing in-house, creative business support specialist Sandy Thomson for a 40min, online, 1:1 session to get back on track.
A Christmas networking lunch for Scotland’s creative Self-employed, Sole Traders, Portfolio Careerists and Freelancers to come together to meet, network and enjoy the festive season.