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The West of England Design Forum was formed in 2006 by a bunch of passionate designers and people working in the industry who wanted to create a place for designers, and those interested in design, to come together, be inspired and promote design.

Nine years on this is still our aim. Together we will grow a dynamic, connected and thriving local design community. To be involved, get in touch!

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WEDF // May Bike Ride

31 May 2015


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Develop Me // Digital Skills Training Update

Develop Me, a Bristol-based digital skills training company, was set up in October 2014 to support …

Develop Me, a Bristol-based digital skills training company, was set up in October 2014 to support companies and individuals in providing access to commercially-relevant digital skills.

Demand is strong

In the first five months since their launch, Develop Me have delivered a range of digital skills workshops attended by over 100 people. These include sessions at the Bath Digital Festival, Digital Bristol Week and Bath Girl Geeks Code Clubs, along with a suite of bespoke training courses for Bristol, Bath and Cardiff-based agency web teams, independent developers and designers across the West of England.

Positive feedback

Develop Me’s workshops have been extremely well received. David Thompson, a web developer at Hibbert Harwood in Bath had this to say about Develop Me’s Git workshop“I attended the Git workshop in December 2014, this was the third Develop Me workshop I have been to and I always leave feeling enlightened and motivated. “Oli & co have a great knack of gauging skill levels in a group and amending the workshop so it works for everyone. Git is an industry standard nowadays, the workshop gave me the confidence to start using Git and implement it in my agency. “For small agencies having the potential to share web projects and involve independent developers is empowering and enabling. Also having a controlled VCS keeps our web administration manageable and organised. The buzz around Git is all true and I would recommend it to any agency with a web offering. Git is the future!”

You can see a video from this workshop, held at The Guild, on YouTube.

Offering new courses

Develop Me are now broadening their offering, with new courses focussed on corporate teams and businesses looking to update both their digital skillset and mindset. There will also be single day and evening short courses and workshops for developers, including their new Angular course running on 10th April, in addition to SEO and PPC courses running soon.

Get involved

If you are in need of digital skills, for you or your business, or just want to find out more, check out Develop Me’s website for upcoming courses and information, or let them know about courses you’d like to see.

You can also sign up for their Angular course running on 10th April.



Sunday 31 May // WEDF Bike Ride A Sunday social on bikes for the West of England Design Forum community. With...


The Power of Design

To design (verb) is to create or to devise. It is a process and a way of thinking. A design (noun) has form and function; it is the result of the process of designing. As a people-centred, problem-solving process, design is a strategic tool, and a way to address challenges facing both public and private organisations. 

WEDF // May Bike Ride

WEDF // May Bike Ride

A Sunday social on bikes for the West of England Design Forum community on Sunday 31 May. With …

A Sunday social on bikes for the West of England Design Forum community on Sunday 31 May.

With Spring (almost) in the air, we've decided it's time to get out on our bikes and explore. There will be two rides so you can choose your pace; a leisurely, family-friendly ride (avoiding main roads) and another for the sportier cyclists amongst us (Lycra optional!).

The two groups will rendezvous at the same destination for coffee and cake or lunch and a drink, depending on your preference.

Route A will be a family-friendly ride of around 15-20 miles (there and back) for anyone who fancies a leisurely Sunday morning pootle up the Bristol & Bath Cycle Path, to meet for coffee/lunch, before heading back to Bristol.

Route B is for the keener cyclist – about three hours' riding (e.g. 35-40 miles) at a brisk (but not competitive) pace to meet for coffee/lunch, followed by a ride back to Bristol (route back a choice of long or short, depending on how legs are feeling!).

Meet outside the Arnolfini at 9.45am for a 10am departure (TBC). Both groups will rendezvous at the Bird in Hand in Saltford (right next to the cycle path) from 11-11.30am onwards.

The ride is open to the WEDF community and anyone you'd like to bring with you. The more the merrier! Please RSVP by Friday 29 May so we have an idea of numbers.

More details on the route will be announced nearer the time. For any questions please contact Adrian Barclay.

Inspire 2015

Inspire 2015

Ever wondered how you could create an outstanding organisational culture where your purpose, …

Ever wondered how you could create an outstanding organisational culture where your purpose, vision, values, leaders and your employees are all aligned to relentlessly push boundaries, drive innovation, achieve great results and challenge the status quo? 

Most leaders toy with this question on a regular basis and often feel frustrated that the answer seems too far removed to embrace the challenge.

Inspire 2015 is an opportunity to meet with other leaders and find out what it takes to be a best in class company. Our intimate one-day event, set in the heart of Bath will allow you the time to press the pause button long enough to enlighten, stimulate and inspire your thinking on how you can shape your business and create a dynamic culture for the future.

When you attend Inspire you will get the chance to go behind the scenes of the not-for-profit modern and ethical housing and support organisation, Curo, which perfectly demonstrates how you can consciously achieve an inspiring business culture!

Our expert panel of speakers are experienced in leading people and businesses through change; their vast wealth of knowledge and expertise will not only inspire your thinking but also enable you to tap into your core strengths to influence your ideas when you return to your desk.

Inspire is a forum for real business and personal growth. The practical format of the day will enable you to not only hear from our speakers but also take part in workshop sessions where you can focus solely on you and your business needs.

Once the dust has settled Inspire is also giving each leader the opportunity to continue to build on the momentum of the day with a one to one coaching session with our leadership coach Liza Hughes after the event.  

Our Experts

Liza Hughes – Liza is the creator of Inspire. The impact of being exposed to some of Scandinavia’s most innovative brands like Lego and Bang and Olufsen some 12 years ago was so profound that she gave up a successful 18 year career in the Media industry to support UK businesses to create outstanding culture through human excellence.

Col Zac Stenning was awarded an OBE in March 2013 for his leadership of the 3 Yorks Regiment in Afghanistan in 2012. Zac’s inspiring yet humbling leadership style will enable you to deepen your understanding of what it takes to lead by example and evolve your own leadership style as your business and responsibilities grow.

Richard Robert is an expert in Employee Engagement and Employer Branding, Richard has worked as a Generalist HR professional for over twenty years, working for ten years at Virgin. His thorough understanding of how to strengthen your connectivity with your most important asset ‘your people’ will heighten your insights on this critical subject.

Vinny Smith is the founder and Director of STAND a business that works with Chief Executives and Boards of charities, social enterprises and values lead businesses to more confidently connect their strategy and activity. Vinny’s wisdom and insight in this sector will show us how relentless drive can generate results others would have thought impossible.

Graham Massey and Steve Fuller of The House are the masters of purpose driven culture.  They are expert in supporting businesses to create the right foundations with purpose in which to build a solid organisational culture fit for the future.

Victor Da Cunha and Donna Baddeley are the CEO and Executive Director of Curo, a not-for-profit modern and ethical housing and support organisation.  Having successfully turned around a business in a fairly traditional sector and brought something new, different, and award winning to life, Victor and Donna will share their story and give you a behind the scenes tour of Curo to get your creative juices flowing.

How do I get a ticket?

There are only 24 seats available at Inspire; a ticket costs £295. The day takes place on 23 June 2015 at Curo HQ in Bath.

The cost includes a day of inspirational speakers, case studies and workshop sessions
A behind the scenes tour of Curo
A free Emergenetics profile worth £200
A free one-hour one-to-one coaching session with Liza or 90 minutes for Bristol Media members.
A delicious lunch from local foodies Moorish
And a little black book of contact details for all of the delegates to enable you to reconnect after the day.

Proceeds from Inspire will go to ‘Help for Heroes’

To buy a ticket please contact Liza Hughes on 07715 700207

For more information about Inspire visit


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DBA Design Effectiveness Awards

BE A WINNER IN 2016 Download a 2016 Entry Pack here. Enter online at …


Download a 2016 Entry Pack here.

Enter online at by the final deadline at 5pm on Friday 26 June 2015. Pay for your first entry only by Friday 22 May to save £100 on fees. 

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Don’t miss our Design Effectiveness 365 Seminar on Tuesday 19 May 2015 when we have an exemplary line-up of Design Effectiveness Award winning agency and client combinations to tell you how they achieved these outstanding results together. Book your place now.

Click here for more info on the awards.