Archive for May, 2010

Derby’s creative approach to networking used as blueprint for other regions

Thursday, May 20th, 2010


The success of Derby’s Creative Industries Network (CIN) could see it being used as a blueprint for a similar organisation in Scotland.

CIN was co-founded by our own Katapult MD Dawn in 2001 to support the development of the creative industries in Derbyshire and beyond.

Dawn has been invited to address the inaugural meeting of the South of Scotland Creative Clusters Project, called Borders Creative, later today.

Borders Creative is a new organisation for professionals “who are excited by the possibilities, and want to play a bigger part” in the industry in Scotland.

Speaking on behalf of Borders Creative, Tania Paterson from Cohorts by Design, commented “After researching similar organisations across the UK, we indentified that CIN had taken a successful approach led by the industry. Therefore, we invited Derby’s CIN to come and talk to our potential members about their experiences of setting up and running the CIN creative network. We feel that it acts as a best practice beacon and we are striving to emulate it’s success.”

Dawn commented: “CIN is truly focused on ensuring that Derbyshire becomes recognised as one of the leading areas in the UK for creative industries. I’m delighted that the people behind Borders Creative have picked up on this and have asked our advice.”

For more information on Derby CIN, visit

Cycle Blackpool website is now live

Thursday, May 20th, 2010


The Cycle Blackpool website is now live.

Like existing client Cycle Derby, Cycle Blackpool is also a ‘cycling demonstration town’ funded by Cycling England, each town has slightly differing priorties but they are all tasked with encouraging take-up of cycling and improving cycling infrastucture.

We have worked closely with the team at Cycle Blackpool in the design and build of the new Cycle Blackpool site which includes the latest news and events, routes and cycling clubs in the region, social media, a blog and a forum. Katapult are currently in the process of adding more features to the site including a cycle route logging system using Google Maps and a ‘cycle to work’ challenge which allows companies to set goals & log trips.

We are working on a number of other cycling projects at the moment: a recent pitch win to work on the Tour of Britain South West Stages and a Cycle to School Challenge with Cycle Derby.

See more of our Katapult digital projects

Charity Bike Challenge: The Finesse Collection’s James Blick

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

Following his successful Lands End to John O Groats challenge last year, one of our clients, James Blick – Managing Director of The Finesse Collection of hotels -  has decided to yet again embark on an adventure to raise much needed funds for the Childhood Eye Cancer Trust (Chect), a charity personal to his family.

As such, James set off yesterday (12th May) from London to Paris on a 300 mile cycling challenge over 4 days.  James will then attempt to continue to cycle from Paris to the southern most tip of France, Biarritz.  Taking an extra 5-6 days and a further soreness of 502 miles.

You can donate to James’s Just Giving page which goes direct to the Childhood Eye Cancer Trust

You can also check out how James is doing by following his progress on the blog we set up for him -  james blick’s charity bike ride

Below is a map of the route showing both parts of his challenge.