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Woodend Rolls out Unique Business Development Programme for Creative Professionals

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Creative Power Pods
Woodend Rolls out Unique Business and Professional Development Programme for Creative Professionals

Woodend Creative Workspace, in conjunction with time 4 change, have created and are delivering a unique nine month business and professional development programme for creative’s called Creative Power Pods. The programme has been devised specifically for creative professionals taking into account the unique needs and challenges they face establishing a successful business.   The ‘pods’ take place at Woodend Creative Workspace and have been designed to give a boost to creative entrepreneurs and their businesses by enabling them to overcome barriers to growth.  The programme has been jointly funded by the Train to Gain Enhancement Fund and a contribution from the participating individuals.

The programme comprises:

  • 9 months on-going support to help you grow.
  • Focus on the goals that matter most.
  • Short, medium and long term planning.
  • Group coaching to overcome live problems.
  • Learning transfer on relevant subjects to creative’s businesses and applied to real life situations.
  • Supportive group environment.

The pods are being delivered by Christina Griffiths who is the founder and managing director of time 4 change.  She is an international Organisational Psychologist and Business Performance Coach with over 15 years experience.   She has worked with organisations great and small, from IBM and Price Waterhouse Coopers through to a wide variety of highly talented smaller creative organisations such as Hub TV, and “David & Associates”.

Andrew Clay, Director of Woodend said

“We are delighted to have this opportunity to collaborate with time 4 change.  Christina and her team are highly professional and have brought to Woodend the very latest business support and development techniques.  In addition, we have assembled seven creative professionals from throughout North Yorkshire who are participating on the programme.  The Power Pods are very much what Woodend is all about and the programme is our contribution to the ongoing professional development of the creative sector in the region.”

Christina Griffiths said:

“I see the creative sector as being fundamental to the regeneration of the regional economy.  Our programme is especially focused on enhancing local creative talent to improve local economies by cross connecting the skills and experience of the people taking part. Over the last few months it’s been fantastic to see this group of talented individuals develop and grow as they have explored new concepts, discussed solutions and overcome challenges.   It’s a real pleasure collaborating with Andrew Clay, at Woodend, on this programme.  His support, enthusiasm and vision is an essential part of the project’s success. time 4 change is committed to providing innovative programmes to measurably improve performance of leaders and their organizations.”

Media Enquires: time 4 change, Andrew Copland 07970 267 882


I’ve had some lovely feedback – thanks Andrew!

“The Creative Industries Centre Trust Ltd have worked with time 4 change part of CGA Management on two occasions.  Initially in connection with some professional coaching for the Director (Andrew Clay) and secondly by the delivery of a key (new and unique) business  development programme (Creative Power Pods) for regional creatives.

On both these occasions the work of time 4 change has been exemplary.  At all times their work has been conscientious, well researched and professionally delivered.

Christina Griffiths (time 4 change) has been the lead officer  throughout this process and her ability to ‘get to know’ the client and understand their needs has been a key factor in achieving the principal aims and objectives.  The Power Pod programme, in particular, has demanded the ability to analyse and interpreted the multiple needs of a group of individuals but at the same time maintain a series of collective objectives.  time 4 change  also have an in-depth knowledge of the creative sector which has proven essential throughout their work at Woodend.

They have networked regularly with Woodend tenants and have put forward ideas for networking events and alternative ways of working.  time 4 change also provide that all important ‘bigger picture’ emphasis, crucial to companies and individuals working in a area which is geographically isolated.

Their knowledge of working practice in the UK and abroad is therefore extensive and they have been willing to share this.  They are also aware of wider markets and the implications there for creative professionals working in the Scarborough area.

We would have no hesitation in recommending them to other companies and organisations seeking the types of services they offer.”

Andrew Clay, Director, Woodend Creative Centre

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