ARE YOU READY TO FOLLOW?

Looking for creative resources, Twitter feeds, networks and influencers to follow in the South West? Look no further. This is Ready’s guide to the online creative community down in this corner of the UK…

TALKS, BLOGS AND CREATIVE INSPIRATION

MARKETING NETWORK: BRISTOL, BATH & CARDIFF
Marketing Network are a group of professionals from Bath, Bristol and Cardiff who meet once a month to network, share ideas and learn from the best in the South West.
Why we love them… Meeting new people and making connections is what these events are all about! We have met some great people and there is always someone around who is willing to introduce you to a interesting new person or company.

BRISTOL MEDIA
Bristol Media is a creative community, with events, resources and jobs in and around Bristol.
Why we love them… They have brilliant articles and resources, and their events listing is always a great place to keep up to date with what is happening in the region.

WEST OF ENGLAND DESIGN FORUM
A network for designers, this site has all the info you need to stay up to date and on top of your game in the west including events, Twitter Q&As and thought-provoking blog posts.
Why we love them… Their inspiring talks keep us at the forefront of design. This is the next one – we’ve already got our tickets.

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CREATIVE BATH
A great hub for Bath-based creatives. All the latest news and events are listed here.
Why we love them… They have a directory of all the local events, one of which is their own CreativeBath Summer Party – we are most certainly attending!

TECH SPARK
The info hub for all things tech in the South West, they run regular events and news stories, promote events run by other people in the region and advertise jobs. And every year they have the SPARKies, the biggest digital and tech awards in the region.
Why we love them… Their ‘Need to Know’ section is perfect for keeping up to date on the latest digital news.

MARKETING DONUT
The Marketing Donut blog is filled with brilliant marketing advice. An absolute staple for your bookmark list.
Why we love them… With a huge archive, try searching their blog posts by category. You can always find that elusive piece of advice you have been looking for!

EVENTS

BRISTOL MEDIA VISION
Creative conference that brings some of the world’s most inspiring creative thinkers to the city over two days each year.
Why we love them… With inspirational speakers sharing their knowledge, insights and predictions, this is a conference that isn’t to be missed.

BATH DIGITAL FESTIVAL
The Bath Digital Festival runs every year thanks to a team of volunteers bringing together demos, talks, workshops and digital skills days forging a vital communication link within the digital sector. The festival is an important part of the calendar in the city and has been running for five years.
Why we love them… After a glamorous opening ceremony at the Roman Baths, we met loads of local people and forged some great connections.

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SUPPORT/MENTORING

SMALL IS BEAUTIFUL
Small is beautiful is a copywriting service that helps businesses find their brands within the context of a story.
Why we love them… We heard Rachel Savage talking at an event about helping your brand find its story, and having just gone through our rebranding it was particularly inspiring. We love the blog too!

GEOMETRY PR
One of the most respected agencies in the South West, Geometry PR consistently delivers at a high standard and is a frequent winner at the West of England PRide awards.
Why we love them… They have helped us here at READY with our PR and we can’t sing their praises enough! They work hard and deliver excellent results.

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TWITTER

@BristolStats
If you need to know such hard-to-find info like the percentage of people in the region working from home, the number of homes built by housing associations and how many businesses are in the creative sector in Bristol, you need to follow @BristolStats.
Why we love them… Local stats are always useful and sometimes one of their tweets will spark off a whole new blog post idea!

@bathindiechat
Run by local blogger Sal Godfrey (@Sal_Godfrey), this is much more than a Twitter account. Sal organises Twitter chats every Monday evening around the #bathindiechat hashtag, allowing Bathonians to share business advice, tips, links and stories.
Why we love them… Fun, informal and super-helpful. We got involved in a recent #bathindiechat and loved it!

@TBEBath
The Business Exchange has all of the local business news. Great for keeping up to date with the happenings in Bath.
Why we love them… Constantly updated and with a broad reflection of business in Bath, their Twitter feed is an invaluable tool.

@ace_southwest
Arts Council England have the lowdown on events, opportunities and news around cultural and artistic experiences in the South West.
Why we love them… A great way to keep up to date with local creative goings-on.

@ThePigGuide
Independent restaurant guide for Bath, the Pig Guide Twitter account is a must for those struggling to choose a great place for lunch. And if you need a restaurant for a business meeting, hop over to their website and use their handy ‘search by type’ feature to find the perfect eatery for your needs.
Why we love them… When choosing our team lunch, The Pig Guide is an essential resource!

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