Details of previous workshops

Events in 2017

MAKING A SUCCESS OF FREELANCING IN MEDCOMMS – 22 March 2017 – Macclesfield

The Agenda we followed is shown below. During the course of the day, we were joined by Freelance Commissioners from a number of agencies as shown. Many thanks to these agencies for helping to make the meetings a success.

10.30 Registration and refreshments

11.00 Introductions led by Peter Llewellyn, NetworkPharma

11.15 Session 1: We talked finance and the business aspects of freelancing with Matt Tyson of Walker Smith Global

12.30 Networking Lunch

13.30 Session 2: As always we welcomed representatives from client companies to join us for a lively question and answer session. Panelists: Neil Marmont, Ashfield Healthcare Communications and Mary Gaskarth, Complete Medical Communications, Rachel Sherman, Fishawack Communications and Emma Bryant, Helios Medical Communications.

15.00 Tea and coffee and cakes

15.30 Session 3: We talked about business development, marketing yourselves and particularly about the use of social media business platforms like Linkedin and Twitter and Facebook. This session was led by Bilal Bham, Business Owner, Writer, Trainer.

17.00 Wrap up of formal session

Events in 2016

MAKING A SUCCESS OF FREELANCING IN MEDCOMMS – 21 September 2016 – Oxford

In order to ensure we had the most relevant content on the day we were delighted to have Freelancers Jenny Fanstone, Corinne Swainger and Jane Tricker acting as a steering committee and guiding us through the sessions. The Agenda we followed is shown below. During the course of the day, we were joined by Freelance Commissioners from a number of agencies as shown. Many thanks to these agencies for helping to make the meetings a success.

10.30 Registration and refreshments

11.00 Introductions led by Peter Llewellyn, NetworkPharma

11.15 Session 1:  Moderated by Jane Tricker

Efficiency: make it your business with Kathryn White

Since becoming a freelance medical writer in 2010, Kathryn has presented seminars at EMWA conferences and for other organisations during which she shares tips and advice for working more effectively as a freelance business owner.  The guidance she gives is based on her own experience and from working alongside business coaches, including Elaine Bailey, Christine Kane and Dawn Bentley.

12.30 Networking Lunch

13.30 Session 2: Moderated by Jenny Fanstone

Client panel discussion

As always we welcomed representatives from client companies to join us for a lively question and answer session. Panelists: Peter Jones, OUP  and Jackie Marchington, Caudex and Jonathan Morton, Comradis

15.00 Tea and coffee and cakes

15.30 Session 3: Moderated by Corinne Swainger

Embracing support from societies, software and services

This was a free-wheeling discussion about the range of support that is available from professional and business organisations, from software solutions and from other relevant services.

17.00 Wrap up of formal session

FORGING BETTER PARTNERSHIPS – 22 March 2016 –  London

In order to ensure we had the most relevant content on the day we were delighted to have Freelancers Jenny Fanstone, Clare Gurton, Corinne Swainger and Jane Tricker acting as a steering committee and guiding us through the sessions. The Agenda we followed is shown below. During the course of the afternoon, we were joined by Freelance Commissioners from a number of agencies as shown. Many thanks to these agencies for helping to make the meetings a success.

10.30 Registration and refreshments

11.00 Introductions led by Peter Llewellyn, NetworkPharma

11.15 Session 1 – Client panel discussion moderated by Jane Tricker together with Steve Carroll of Aurora, Linda Edmondson of Parexel MedCom, Matt McGinley of inVentiv Medical Communications.

12.30 Networking Lunch

13.30 Session 2 – Developing our strengths and optimising the freelance proposition to clients led by Clare Gurton and Corinne Swainger

15.00 Tea and coffee and cakes

15.30 Session 3 – A financial health check led by Jenny Fanstone together with Jovan Pavlicevic of Forest Group

17.00 Wrap up of formal session

Events in 2015

WORKING SMARTER – 15 September 2015 – The Tytherington Club, Macclesfield

On 15th September 2015 we held another unique workshop for MedComms freelancers, this time in Macclesfield.

The Agenda we followed is shown below. During the course of the afternoon, we were joined by Freelance Commissioners from a number of agencies as shown. Many thanks to these agencies for helping to make the meetings a success.

11.00 Registration and Introductions led by Peter Llewellyn, NetworkPharma

11.30 Session 1 – focus on use of social media and digital tools to work smarter, led by Michelle Collins of Pink Spaghetti

12.30 Lunch

13.30 Session 2 – focus on better understanding of legal issues, led by Michael Charlesworth of Glaisyers Solicitors

14.30 Open Q&A – anything goes!

15.00 Freelance commissioners from the agencies join us for tea and coffee and cakes

15.30 Panel discussion and Q&A with representatives from a number of leading MedComms agencies discussing how agencies and freelancers can work more smartly together.

Agencies on the panel: Adelphi Communications, Ashfield Healthcare Communications, Havas Lynx, inScience CommunicationsNucleus Group and The Prime Medical Group.

17.00 Wrap up

GET OUT THERE AND MAKE AN IMPRESSION – 19 March 2015 – Oxford Science Park

On 19th March 2015 we held another unique workshop for MedComms freelancers in Oxford which was attended by nearly 50 Freelancers.

The Agenda we followed is shown below. During the course of the afternoon, we were joined by Freelance Commissioners from a number of agencies as shown. Many thanks to these agencies for helping to make the meetings a success.

12.00 Registration and networking over lunch

13.00 Introductions and welcome led by Peter Llewellyn, NetworkPharma

Formal working session

Open Q&A – anything goes!

16.00 Tea and coffee and cakes

Panel discussion and Q&A with representatives from the MedComms agencies – how to get noticed

Agencies on the panel: 7.4 LimitedCaudex MedicalNexGen Healthcare CommunicationsSt Gilesmedical and Communigen

18.30 Wrap up

Events in 2014

WINNING AND RETAINING BUSINESS: MAKING IT PAY – 24 September 2014 – Oxford Science Park

On 24th September 2014 we held another unique workshop for MedComms freelancers in Oxford which was attended by 27 Freelancers.

This event focussed on the financial challenges of running and developing a freelaace business successfully. We were delighted to be working with Forest Group who are experts in accountancy and financial management specifically for individual contractors.

The Agenda we followed is shown below. During the course of the afternoon, we were joined by Freelance Commissioners from a number of agencies as shown. Many thanks to these agencies for helping to make the meetings a success.

PROGRAMME

12.00 Registration and networking over lunch

13.00 Introductions and welcome led by Peter Llewellyn, NetworkPharma

13.15 – Formal working session led by Jovan Pavlicevic, Founder and Director of Forest Group

1. Overview
2. Business structure (Ltd vs SE vs PAYE)
3. Workshop activity – calculating and unleashing the stored potential in your business through tax efficiency
4. Top 5 tips to become more tax efficient
5. You’re in business, so have a business plan
6. Workshop activity – Create a business plan

15.00 Open Q&A – anything goes!

15.30 Tea and coffee and cakes

16.00 Panel discussion and Q&A: overcoming the challenges of the freelance-agency working partnership

16.30 Meet the ‘freelancer commissioners’ – the opportunity to meet freelance commissioners acting for major MedComms companies for one-to-one discussions

Agencies who are joining us for the final session are:

Darwin Healthcare Communications (www.darwinhc.com)
Gardiner-Caldwell Communications (www.gcc-global.com)
McCann Complete Medical (www.complete-grp.com)
Porterhouse Medical (www.porterhouse.biz)

18.30 Wrap up followed by drinks for those who don’t need to rush off.

Events in 2013

Three successful workshops were held in 2013; 6th March in Oxford, 14th March in Macclesfield and 9th September in London.

Overall, the meetings were attended by over 50 freelancers – ranging from medical writers and editors to strategic consultants, project managers and digital specialists. During the course of the workshops – through presentations, discussion and practical breakouts – attendees learnt how to optimise the fundamentals of their ventures (through accountancy, contract negotiation, and other helpful tools for time keeping, etc.) and how to grow their freelance businesses by way of networking, better marketing and an improved online presence.

Testimonials from attendees are posted here.

The Agenda we followed in London is shown below.

Additionally, at each meeting we were joined by Freelance Commissioners from a number of agencies as listed below.

The agenda for the meeting that was held in London, UK on Monday 9th September 2013 is shown below.

Time Session Speaker / faculty
10:00 Welcome and introductions Peter Llewellyn (Network Pharma)
10:10 Sharing best practice: optimising the fundamental elements of your venture

  • Exclusive results from a survey of over 100 freelancers working in MedComms
  • Tools and tips to support a freelancing business (including IT, time management and innovation)
  • Accountancy advice, including VAT registration and other helpful guidance

Followed by Q&A

11:10 Coffee
11:35 Strategies and tips to attract new clients and gain more work
John O’Brien (Recruiter, Medical Talent)
Ryan Woodrow (Freelance Medical Writer)
12:00 Establishing the foundation for a solid business: how to create and grow an online presence Eric McDonogh (Website and Online Expert, Clever Business Websites)
12:20 Q&A and discussion on marketing and growing an online presence All faculty members from the morning session
12:50 Lunch and networking
13:20 Workshop: Develop an action plan to win more business Hands-on workshop for everyone
14:35 Panel session: Open Q&A on how to make a success of freelancing  Open discussion with a panel of experienced freelancers. The freelance panel will include:

15:20 Coffee
15:35 Panel discussion and Q&A: solving the challenges of the freelance-agency working partnership Facilitated discussion led by Ryan Woodrow with representatives from major medical communications companies.
16:30 Meet the “freelancer commissioners”Opportunities to meet freelance commissioners acting for major MedComms companies for one-to-one discussion Commissioners from the following nine companies are confirmed for London:

17:55 Summary and meeting round-up Peter Llewellyn (Network Pharma)
18:00 Drink reception

The agencies that attended the Oxford, Macclesfield and London workshops in 2013 are shown below. Many thanks to these agencies for helping to make the meetings a success.

Macclesfield

Oxford

London

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2 responses to “Details of previous workshops

  1. Mary Smith

    Hi Peter,

    Are you likely to run a freelance event in London this year?

    Best regards
    Mary

  2. Peter Llewellyn

    Hi, Mary, at the moment the plan in 2014 is to just run an event in Oxford in March and then hopefully in Macclesfield or nearby in the Autumn. But plans can change. I am trying to respond to the wishes of the community but also having to balance out very limited resources. The costs in London are far higher than out in Oxford or Macc. I am also looking at running some sort of virtual activities to allow a wider audience to engage with them but again I am limited by resources at the moment.

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