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April 2021

March 2021

Digital Union

Becoming a Young Entrepreneur – Panel Event (Members Only)

Join us for an in-depth panel discussion on 16th March from 3pm via Zoom, and hear from 5 leading North East young entrepreneurs on how they started their businesses, the challenges they have faced (and how they have overcome them), the support available for young people, how they define success, and much more.



A space for those working in and around the industry to come together, meet peers from across the region and discuss how we can work together to safeguard our artists, venues, freelancers and organisations.

February 2021

Digital Union

Breakfast Networking (Sort Of!)

Casual networking for anyone working in or interested in the North East’s creative digital sector. Bring your own coffee and pastries.

January 2021

July 2020


North East Music Industry Meet Up

A space for those working in and around the industry to come together, meet peers from across the region and discuss how we can work together to safeguard our artists, venues, freelancers and organisations

June 2020

Digital Union

Manage Objectives and Key Results: Boost Performance

Following our recent focus on cash management Dave and Sara of Blu Sky discuss how they link this to managing objectives and key results.

Businesses have finite resources and these methods can help both to inspire loyalty and to boost performance.

Digital Union

DU Breakfast Networking (Sort Of)

Generator presents our Digital Union Breakfast Networking (Sort Of!). These events take place weekly on Wednesdays at 11am, and are open to anyone working in or interested in the digital and tech sectors.

May 2020

April 2020

Supply Chain North East

POSTPONED – Process Improvement Workshop

Understand how process improvement can deliver quantifiable/bottom line benefits for you and your clients! Whether you’re a sole trader or large company, this workshop will help you to look at your existing processes and how you can ultimately save time in your day to day activities.

March 2020

Digital Union

Drinks with DU

Enjoy your first drink on us, and have the chance to meet and chat with other likeminded DU Members in a casual setting.

February 2020

Tipping Point

Songwriting Residency

Launching at the Academy For Music & Sound in Gateshead on Monday 17th – Friday 21st February, the residency will focus on developing 12 artists’ songwriting skills and professional practices by exploring ways of writing across different genres, working to briefs and collaborating/co-writing.

Tipping Point

Digital Marketing For Artists

Are you unsure of how best to promote yourself as an artist online? Struggling to navigate the Facebook ad maze? This is the event for you! After the success of our Digital Marketing for Artists Masterclass in 2019, we’re pleased to bring back Matthew Wooton, the founder of Plectrumm, a digital marketing agency exclusively working in the music industry, for our 2020 Masterclass.

January 2020

Digital Union

SEO Workshop

Come and learn about how this can be applied to your business from our resident expert: Joaquin Morales of New Horizon Marketing.

Digital Union

Members-Only HR Meetup

The aim of these Digital Union exclusive meetups are to encourage discussion with business owners, marketing managers, marketing executives, freelancers, and students about changing trends in digital technology and ideas around the development of apprenticeships within the technical sector.

December 2019

Digital Union

Digital Union Chistmas Party

It’s that time of year already! Join us for a very special Digital Union event this December, this year hosted at the Alpine Lodge at By The River Brew Co., where we will have exclusive use of the venue, with a full bar and a DJ, for the whole evening!

Tipping Point

The Fundamentals of Self Releasing Workshop and Q&A

This session will give you an overview into the best practises for self-releasing your first wave of music, from getting your audio / visual assets ready, to delivering your music to Spotify, Apple et al and creating a solid release strategy along the way.

November 2019


UX Day 4.0

This day full of talks and interactive workshop forms with feature insights from some of the best UX teams in the region. We will be welcoming speakers including Nate Sterling from Grid Smarter Cities and our own business expert in the field, Helena Hill. Come and hear about the fantastic work going on at the forefront of UX design.

October 2019

September 2019

Digital Union

Digital Union: Breakfast Networking

Following the success of the first HR Focussed Breakfast Networking morning we’re delighted to be bringing our HR Meetup to the home of one of the UK’s most exciting tech companies, ZeroLight!

July 2019

Supply Chain North East

Digital Transformation Workshop

This 2-day intensive workshop, split over 2 weeks, has been designed for traditionally non-digital businesses seeking to identify business transformation opportunities within their own companies using digital technologies.

June 2019

Supply Chain North East

Digital Innovation Sessions: Data Intelligence

The second installment of our Digital Innovation Sessions will discuss how to digitally transform your business using data intelligence to achieve fast, efficient system integration and business automation.

Tipping Point

Songwriting Masterclass With Bernard Butler

As part of Tipping Point Live we are delighted to offer the unique opportunity for a chosen artist to work on one of their compositions in a live setting with Brit-award winning producer Bernard Butler.

Tipping Point

Tipping Point Live Conference

As part of the Tipping Point Live new music showcase across Newcastle’s Ouseburn Valley on Friday 21st June & Saturday 22nd June, Tipping Point (powered by Generator) are pleased to announce the Tipping Point Live Conference!

The conference is supported by some of the UK’s leading music industry trade bodies, including award-winning music publishers Sentric Music, The Musicians’ Union, the UK’s premier royalty collection agency PRS For Music, licensing organisation PPL and independent music charity Help Musicians UK.

In addition to this, Spotify UK’s Drew Lam, part of the Artist & Industry Partnerships team, will present Spotify’s Artist Masterclass, joining a list of celebrated music industry professionals set to descend on Tyneside.

Tipping Point

Tipping Point Live

Our line-up consists of a range of artists and genres, fantastic venues, an extra day of showcases, commissions, film screenings, masterclasses and music industry sessions, exciting food offers and bespoke events for music lovers with young children.

Supply Chain North East

Digital Innovation Workshop

This 2-day intensive workshop, split over 2 weeks, has been designed for digital businesses seeking to identify new opportunities to sell digital services to both new and existing clients.

Tipping Point

How to Progress as an Emerging Jazz Artist

Tipping Point (Powered by Generator) and DJAZZ: The Durham City Jazz Festival are excited to announce a new collaboration in the form of a talent development masterclass focusing on Jazz and Jazz-influenced music creators! This is the very first time Generator has supported artists from this genre.

May 2019

Supply Chain North East

UX Day 3.0

Generator are pleased to announce the third instalment of our ever-popular UX Day, as part of the very first North East Digital Festival!

April 2019

Supply Chain North East

TV Advertising for Business Growth

Generator is pleased to welcome Thinkbox, the marketing body for commercial TV in the UK, for an exclusive event in the North East with a central theme of TV for business development.

Supply Chain North East

PR Strategy Workshop

Generator are delighted to have Christian Cerisola, head of W North and part of the multi award winning W Communications, deliver a PR Workshop.

March 2019

Digital Union

One Sector, One Region, One Statement Subgroup Meeting

With our One Sector, One Region, One Statement Subgroup, we are committing to our promise to work with key partners to produce one agreed statement/message about what the North East creative, digital & tech sector looks like, works like and why it is attractive.

Supply Chain North East

Pricing Strategy Workshop

Generator is pleased to present a special Pricing Strategy Workshop aimed at helping creative and digital businesses in the North East focus more effectively on their pricing and gain essential insight into the art of selling the right product to the right customer at the right time.


Ladders Film/TV Course: Develop Your Own Film/TV Industry Project

This course would greatly suit those requiring support and guidance to create a short film or animation project. Your project can be of any genre – perhaps you want to create a promo to demonstrate your filmmaking skills to employers or want to voice a story that needs telling. Whether you are just starting out, or already have a little experience in the film/animation industry, this 4-week programme will be devoted to you bringing your ideas to life.

Digital Union

One Sector, One Region, One Statement Subgroup Meeting

With our One Sector, One Region, One Statement Subgroup, we are committing to our promise to work with key partners to produce one agreed statement/message about what the North East creative, digital & tech sector looks like, works like and why it is attractive.


Ladders Software Course: Develop your own Project

This course offers hands-on support for anyone developing an idea or portfolio as well as offering up some ideas for those who just wish to hone their skills. Over 4 weeks, we will be able to put into action those skills which were learned on previous Ladders courses or develop existing skills from other courses.


Ladders Music Course: Develop Your Own Music Industry Project

This course would greatly suit young emerging music artists who are already in a band. Whether you are just starting out, or already have a little experience in the music industry, there are important steps you must take and many things you will need to do in order to stand a chance of success in a challenging industry.

February 2019

Digital Union

#DUSocial: LinkedIn

In this workshop, Sammy and Tegan from O Communications will take you through the best way to approach LinkedIn and incorporate it into your marketing campaigns.

Tipping Point

In Conversation with… Everything Everything

Tipping Point in collaboration with International Centre for Music Studies of Newcastle presents.. In Conversation With Everything Everything

Taking place at The Boiler House in the heart of Newcastle University’s Campus, on Thursday 7th February from 7 pm, the band has promised to reveal and discuss the magic behind their four critically acclaimed albums – which includes three top tens – and the secrets behind the band’s on-going global notoriety and creative processes.

Digital Union

Digital Union Manifesto: Open Space Event

It’s been a nearly a year since we made our 2018 Digital Union Manifesto pledges and while we have been beavering away fulfilling those objectives, we also realise that it is time to refresh them.

January 2019

Digital Union

#DUSocial: Content Creation & Marketing

Over the course of 2019, we will be bringing you deep dives into content creation, platforms, strategy, advertising, video, and much more.

It’s time to #DUSocial properly!


Ladders Film/TV Course: Knowledge & Awareness

Designed for those with little experience of film/TV or animation, this 3-session course will provide knowledge and awareness training in professional digital media industries under the guidance of an industry mentor, guest speakers and masterclasses.

December 2018

Tipping Point

Music Masters: DIY Touring

In our fourth session of our latest round of music masters event events, we’re pleased to bring you DIY TOURING, talking all things touring and getting those first few out-of-town shows. Whether it’s gig-swaps or festival slots, our experienced panellists will tell you just how to get yourself going.

Digital Union


A new monthly event for tech and digital companies to network over some breakfast!

Digital Union Happenings

Digital Union’s Christmas Bash

Now that Halloween is done and dusted, we can FINALLY get excited about the big bearded bloke – not Jim – Santa!

November 2018

Tipping Point

Music Masters: The World Of Music Press

In the third instalment of our music masters evening events, we’re pleased to bring you The World Of Music Press, a comprehensive discussion on all things radio, magazines and blogs and how best to get the attention your music deserves.

Digital Union

DU Networking Breakfast: The Future

Generator North East, Digital Union’s mothership, will be kicking off a new 3-year business support programme from January. Expect all the high-quality content that we’ve always deliver but with much, much more!

October 2018


Sales Essentials: Closing Techniques

Closing is something that we all need to do, however, for some reason, we may find it a little complicated, awkward or we simply lack confidence so don’t ask.

Tipping Point

Music Masters: Cash In On The Likes

In the second session of our latest round of music masters evening events, we’re pleased to bring you Cash In On The Likes, giving you, the artist, an all-you-need-to-know guide to branding and crucial techniques needed to turn those likes and retweets into sales and fans on seats.

September 2018

Tipping Point

Music Masters: Start Your Own Record Label

In the first session of our latest round of music masters evening events, we’re pleased to bring you Start Your Own Label, a comprehensive guide to the workings of the record label and how you can do it yourself. Start releasing music under your own brand in no time after our essential tips event.


Business Development Workshop

Business development is something that we all need to do to grow our business. The good news is that there is a simple model to follow that will allow you to do this.

Digital Union

Innovation Breakfast Networking – September

The monthly Innovation Breakfast Networking (formerly NETPark Net breakfast) sessions are informal, informative opportunities designed to help Science, Engineering and Technology companies network with each other.

August 2018


North East Innovation Fund Launch

We are hosting an informal exploratory event at the newly opened PROTO: The Emerging Technology Centre. You will hear from previous businesses who have received business support as well as investment clients of Northstar Ventures.

Digital Union

Tech4Good August Meet Up

Tech4Good is a monthly meetup where the activist and developer communities in Newcastle get smashed together and enjoy the beautiful and interesting discussions that are far too rarely had.

July 2018


Generator UX Day 2.0

The day will take the format of interactive workshop sessions with some of the best UX teams in the region discussing everything from accessible design to information architecture and immersive technologies.


Pitching & Presenting Masterclass

This workshop is aimed at both new businesses who want some guidance on how to pitch for business or investment, and those in client facing roles who would like to learn some new tips and techniques on making the most engaging pitch/presentation possible.

June 2018


The Power Of PR (The Role of PR in Business)

We’ve teamed up with CIPR North East to shine a light on the role of PR and the value it can deliver for your business. During the talk you will hear from four speakers discussing the role of PR, its place in business and a real case study of how PR has helped to develop and grow a business.


Social Media Day

We’ve joined forces with some of the most experienced, innovative and creative minds in social media to bring you a day covering everything from advertising to influencing to Generation Z and everything in between.

Tipping Point


Taking place on June 9th within the stunning Ouseburn Valley, this unique, multi-venue festival aims to uncover and showcase the best emerging talent from the region and beyond drawing in crowds of up to 2,000 people.

Tipping Point


Generator is proud to present the region’s largest music industry conference in celebration of the 10th annual Evolution Emerging Festival.

May 2018


Agile Masterclass

Back by popular demand, we welcome Jon McNestrie from Agile North East for a day long workshop that includes a structured introduction to agile principles, Scrum and other complimentary tools and techniques.

Tipping Point

Songwriting and Performance Masterclass with The Lake Poets

Join us for a rare one-off masterclass from Marty Longstaff (The Lake Poets). He will share his unique insights into the often mysterious art of the song, exploring a myriad of topics from getting that original spark to what apps can help songwriters.


Funding Finder

Do you need funding to help get a new venture started, or to take your business to the next level? Do you know about the different funding opportunities that are available for creative, craft, cultural, and heritage businesses and organisations?


Music Futures Masterclass – Digital Marketing

Always in huge demand, Generator’s Digital Marketing Masterclass features insight and practical advice from special guest Tom Packer (Director) and Rob Nancollas (Digital Marketing Manager) at Motive Unknown.

April 2018


Digital Debates: Digital Diversity

Generator is pleased to bring you the first of our Digital Debates: Digital Diversity. With just 17% of tech roles in the UK being filled by women and only 7% of female students taking computer science A-level courses, it is vital that we do everything we can to balance this out.

Digital Union

Digital Union Manifesto Launch

As part of our commitment to members and the creative, digital and tech sectors in the North East, Digital Union will release its first Manifesto on Wednesday, 25th April 2018.


Is Your Business Safe?

How would you cope if disaster struck your business? Around 43% of cyber-attacks are aimed at small enterprises. Do not ignore the threat. Come along to our free event and find out more about the effect cyber attack could have on your business, how to respond and how to prepare.


Demystifying The Dark Art Of Music Publishing

Whether you agree or not the music industry is essentially a rights business. When you by a CD or stream a track, someone must pay the rights holder to use that content. You are essentially buying a copy of the recording and it’s more often than not that the record label owns the rights.

March 2018

Digital Union


So you’ve heard about SEIS and R&D. Perhaps you even know what the letters stand for. More than likely, you don’t want to know, but you should.

Digital Union

Digital Mental Health NE: ThinkTank

We believe that there is a lot more that can be done to address the issue of mental health in digital work places. By working together to promote and support existing initiatives and developing new ideas, we can make a significance difference to the health and well-being of people working in the digital sector.


GDPR for WordPress Developers

With GDPR’s deadline day just two months away, it’s time to begin incorporating better data protection and privacy practices into your workflows.


TD Sessions: Fintech & The North

The success of the fintech sector has helped build the UK’s digital credibility massively over the past 5 years. And while most of this activity has taken place in London, increasingly we are seeing fintech success stories around the country.

Digital Union

Careers in the North East

Whether it’s creating a tailored PR & Digital marketing campaign, writing code for some emerging technology or providing HR and legal advice, you can have an exciting career in the North East.

February 2018


Ladders Sunderland 2018

Kick-starting a career is hard. Kick-starting a career in the arts can be even harder, but all is not lost – Ladders Sunderland 2018 begins in February.

Digital Union

Make Video Work

Generator and Digital Union are pleased to announce another installment of the Make Video Work For You Masterclass series, supported by Business & IP Centre Newcastle!

Digital Union

Investment Readiness Masterclass

Looking for investment now or in the future? Know you need to produce some forecasts but unsure how or even what they are? Come along to our cashflow forecasting session and find out!

January 2018



In the second installment of the Music Masters series, we proudly present ‘GET THE GIGS’, a day-long event tailormade for artists, managers and promoters who aspire to make their mark in the music industry live sector in 2018.

Digital Union


Whether it’s creating a tailored PR & Digital Marketing campaign or managing a company’s brand online, MA News Journalism Graduate, Jon, is an expert at creating dynamic content that connects.



From digital giants Orange Bus to government departments making waves in UX such as DWP & HMRC, come and hear about the fantastic work going on at the forefront of UX design and how important collaboration is to advancing the subject.

December 2017

Digital Union

DU Christmas Social

What better way to celebrate Christmas, than with a crowd of fellow Creative and digital business from around the region.

Digital Union


Following on from our Start Up Advice Day, the final Thinking Digital Sessions of 2017 we’ll be featuring tech startups and scaleups and learning about their innovative business models and their plans to survive and thrive in 2018 and beyond.

Digital Union

Start-Up Advice Day

This event is aimed at early stage creative and digital businesses and will be showcasing the support available from both Generator/Digital Union, and that of our Digital Union members.

November 2017

Digital Union

Pricing Strategy Masterclass

Generator is pleased to present a special Pricing Strategy Masterclass aimed at helping creative and digital businesses in the North East focus more effectively on their pricing and gain essential insight into the art of selling the right product to the right customer at the right time.

Digital Union

Time Out to Innovate

Does your team have big ideas, but no time to explore them? Or maybe your business has a challenge but you haven’t had time to develop a solution yet?

Digital Union

Digital Union Breakfast Networking

Our bimonthly Digital Networking events are open to anyone with an interest in the sector. They will be held in different venues across the North East and will have themes for each event.

Digital Union

Recruitment & Culture Masterclass

We invite strategic Business Owners and Directors, who are looking to improve the way they recruit, and retain staff, to a fast paced, interactive FREE workshop that will give you the strategies needed to attract and engage the best people.

October 2017

Digital Union

Positive Psychology & Coaching

Positive Psychology & Coaching: Mike Cockburn, MD of Sogno will deliver two sessions in this masterclass focusing on using Positive Psychology & Coaching techniques in your Business.

September 2017

Digital Union

VR & AR Innovation

With VR and AR developments being the hot topic of the moment, we’re happy to announce our next Thinking Digital Session will be dedicated to exploring what’s trending locally and nationally on this exciting subject.

Digital Union

Access To Finance Masterclass

Are you looking for business finance to help you start or grow your creative business ? What alternatives are there available to start up or scale up in the north east and nationally ?

Digital Union

Digital Scale Up Launch

Is your business ready for the next phase but not quite sure of how to get there? Our Digital Scale Up Programme is designed for those businesses that are at a critical stage in their development, past the start-up phase and progressing toward becoming more established.

July 2017

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