New Creative Community Goes Networking Quackers

The Creative Duck, a new Henley networking group for creative minds and small business owners around Henley held their first sold out event at Hotel du Vin on Monday evening.

The team behind the new organisation are Jo Harris, from Henley School of Art, Sarah Gilbert from Box of Smiles, Joanna McGinn from Mrs Min’s Vintage and Nicola Nott who previously worked for Burberry and is looking to start up a new business.

Jo Harris said, “Our aim is to build a community of creative minds: bringing together the creators & the small business owners in & around Henley-on-Thames. A place to share knowledge, learn from others & enjoy meeting like-minded people. We will host regular evening talks from guest speakers: inspirational experts in their field, who can help you tap into your creativity, think differently about the way you work – even help you and your business reach its full potential.”

Monday’s event entitled ‘Demystifying Social Media’ saw Aspen Weatherburn (former Naughty Mutt Nice owner) who recently launched social media publishing company Helllo Henley being interviewed by BBC Journalist, Sophie van Brugen.  Aspen launched Hello Henley in February this year to help small local businesses promote their businesses through social media.  Aspen gave the guests some top tips which included “first decide on your brand personality, keep the conversations friendly, don’t be scared and have fun with your posts.”

Nicola Nott said afterwards, “We were overwhelmed with the level of interest in our first event and it was lovely to see such a fantastic turn out. This reconfirms to us that Henley has a wealth of creative talent that should be nurtured and celebrated and it’s exciting to be a part of this. The atmosphere was great on the evening and having drinks before and after the talk allowed plenty of time for people to get to know each other a little better. Tickets for a July event are now on sale.”

The next event is on Friday 21 July and is “How to create the ultimate product shot with your smartphone” workshop with Kathryn Fell at Henley School of Art on Hart Street.  The cost is £20 including refreshment.

For more details about The Creative Duck go to their website at 



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