Over the next 18 months in partnership with FACT, The Extraordinary Club will deliver a programme of specialist workshops, tailored and developed for the creative and digital sector. Founded by award-winning business leaders Dawn Paine and Angela McClelland, The Extraordinary Club is a company committed to inspiring creative and digital SMEs to be extraordinary and grow through business support and consultancy.

Workshops will begin on Thursday 29 March and Thursday 19 April at FACT with sessions focusing on prototyping, UX testing and marketing. For more information and how to register, please see below.

UX workshops will provide real time problem solving in the UX space from Karmarama’s industry leaders Tim McEvily, Experience Design Director and Executive Experience Directors, Amardeep Shakhon and Gurmit Shakhon. Together, they have over 40 years of experience in creating digital products including; designing The Guardian’s first ever website and creating industry leading digital products and platforms for BT, Costa Express, M&S Bank and RBS. Supporting market readiness and commercialisation of new products and services will be tackled during innovation in marketing workshops, delivered by digital product specialists: Dan Moran, Head of Product Management, Andrew Child, Head of Product Strategy, and Ryan Hall, Managing Director, Creative Products.

“Nurturing talent is hugely important to our team at Karmarama. We’re delighted to be bringing our expertise to LCR Activate to support the creative and digital community in the Liverpool City Region” - Andrew Child, Head of Product Strategy, Karmarama.

"LCR Activate provides a unique opportunity to create new business models for SMEs that transcend current practice. Since its inception, FACT has worked with pioneers and innovators in emerging media, and LCR Activate is the next step in placing art and design-centred thinking at the heart of the Liverpool City Region’s creative and digital industries.” – Jo Wright, Executive Director, FACT

With over 20 years’ experience working in award-winning and high-profile roles at international corporates such as Nintendo, Universal Pictures, HSBC and Santander, as well as having supported hundreds of creative and digital SMEs, Dawn and Angela will provide a big picture dynamism and outlook for the region. Bringing their little black books to Liverpool, the pair will use the power of their high-profile network, wealth of experiences and the strength of personal relationships to connect Liverpool to the right brands across the world.

The first UX workshop will be held at  FACT on Thursday 29 March from 14.00 until 18.00. If you are an SME and would like to attend, please register your interest via Eventbrite.