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SEMLEP showcase cultural and creative sector to businesses at MK Gallery

21.3.2014
Back (L-R): Daniel Mouawad, Chief Executive, SEMLEP; Anthony Spira, Director, MK Gallery; Tom Wells, Board Member, SEMLEP; The Mayor of Milton Keynes, Cllr Brian White; Front (L-R): Dr. Ann Limb, Chair, SEMLEP; Monica Ferguson, Chief Executive and Artistic Director, The Stables; Rosemary Squire, Joint Chief Executive, Ambassador Theatre Group.Photo: Derek Wales Photography 
 

Back (L-R): Daniel Mouawad, Chief Executive, SEMLEP; Anthony Spira, Director, MK Gallery; Tom Wells, Board Member, SEMLEP; The Mayor of Milton Keynes, Cllr Brian White; Front (L-R): Dr. Ann Limb, Chair, SEMLEP; Monica Ferguson, Chief Executive and Artistic Director, The Stables; Rosemary Squire, Joint Chief Executive, Ambassador Theatre Group.
Photo: Derek Wales Photography 

 

 Rosemary Squire, Joint Chief Executive, Ambassador Theatre Group, speaking at MK Gallery on 19 March 2014. Photo: Derek Wales Photography 

 Rosemary Squire, Joint Chief Executive, Ambassador Theatre Group, speaking at MK Gallery on 19 March 2014. Photo: Derek Wales Photography 

Business guests from the South East Midlands region at the SEMLEP hosted reception on 19 March, 2014. Photo: Derek Wales Photography 

Business guests from the South East Midlands region at the SEMLEP hosted reception on 19 March, 2014. Photo: Derek Wales Photography 

Business guests listening to speakers at the SEMLEP reception on 19 March 2014, in the setting of MK Gallery

Business guests listening to speakers at the SEMLEP reception on 19 March 2014, in the setting of MK Gallery's Treasures in MK exhibition. Photo: Derek Wales Photography 

Back (L-R): Daniel Mouawad, Chief Executive, SEMLEP; Anthony Spira, Director, MK Gallery; Tom Wells, Board Member, SEMLEP; The Mayor of Milton Keynes, Cllr Brian White; Front (L-R): Dr. Ann Limb, Chair, SEMLEP; Monica Ferguson, Chief Executive and Artistic Director, The Stables; Rosemary Squire, Joint Chief Executive, Ambassador Theatre Group.Photo: Derek Wales Photography 
 
 Rosemary Squire, Joint Chief Executive, Ambassador Theatre Group, speaking at MK Gallery on 19 March 2014. Photo: Derek Wales Photography 
Business guests from the South East Midlands region at the SEMLEP hosted reception on 19 March, 2014. Photo: Derek Wales Photography 
Business guests listening to speakers at the SEMLEP reception on 19 March 2014, in the setting of MK Gallery

Back (L-R): Daniel Mouawad, Chief Executive, SEMLEP; Anthony Spira, Director, MK Gallery; Tom Wells, Board Member, SEMLEP; The Mayor of Milton Keynes, Cllr Brian White; Front (L-R): Dr. Ann Limb, Chair, SEMLEP; Monica Ferguson, Chief Executive and Artistic Director, The Stables; Rosemary Squire, Joint Chief Executive, Ambassador Theatre Group.
Photo: Derek Wales Photography 

 

Businesses from across the South East Midlands gathered at MK Gallery on Wednesday 19th March for an event led by the South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP).

 

Over 100 invited guests joined SEMLEP’s Chair Dr Ann Limb and Chief Executive Daniel Mouawad to find out how SEMLEP is supporting business growth and cultural and creative industries across the South East Midlands, an area made up of Bedfordshire, Northamptonshire, Milton Keynes, Cherwell District and Aylesbury Vale District.

 

At the evening reception guests also heard about MK Gallery’s expansion plans and the forthcoming Milton Keynes International Festival, which is being supported by SEMLEP.

Rosemary Squire OBE, Foundation Partner of Ambassador Theatre Group, spoke about the Group’s extraordinary growth since it was first founded in 1992. It is now the world’s number one live theatre group, with 40 venues in Britain and on Broadway.

 

Dr Ann Limb, SEMLEP Chair, said: “The South East Midlands is home to a thriving and diverse creative and cultural sector and the talent, innovation and business acumen that is integral to this sector not only supports our visitor economy but also boosts jobs and business growth. It has been a privilege to welcome so many creative businesses to this event and to showcase MK Gallery, a world class cultural, education and social centre.”

 

Anthony Spira, MK Gallery Director, said: “The £9 million expansion of MK Gallery has considerable benefits for businesses and it is a pleasure to be able to share our plans with business representatives from the region. Having a world-class arts venue delivering the very best talent, ideas and creative opportunities helps attract and retain talented individuals, the cornerstone of business success, in this area. MK Gallery’s international partnerships also help spread the message about Milton Keynes and the surrounding area and our fantastic economic and cultural assets.”

 

For more details about SEMLEP visit www.semlep.com