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19th March 2018

Global Reflections on the Cultural and Creative Economy, Aracaju, Brazil

Tom Fleming is in Brazil for a range of engagements, kicking-off with a keynote presentation on approaches to the cultural and creative economy from different parts of the world. Hosted by Senac Sergipe, this is an opportunity to connect global trends to local agendas. It is over a decade since Tom first came to Sergipe state and he will reflect on how policy agendas have changed, not least the importance of connecting social, sustainability and creative agendas over the long-term.

While in Sergipe, Tom will also be working with IPTI to build on a longstanding relationship which places social technology and community engagement to the heart of the creative economy agenda. This is through The Human Project:

12th March 2018

Thames Estuary Production Corridor Case for Investment, UK

The Greater London Authority, Kent County Council, Essex County Council, and London Boroughs of Lewisham and Bexley have commissioned Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy, Regeneris, We Made That and Urban Foresight to undertake 'the Thames Estuary Production Corridor Vision and Case Making'.

The vision for the TEPC is to establish "A world class centre for production: leading global innovation, developing talent and cultivating world changing ideas".

The Thames Estuary is on the up. Once the heart of trading and manufacturing industries, recent investment is triggering a revival. New communities are rising across the region making a sustainable, future-proofed economic plan critical. The Thames Estuary is perfectly poised to become a vital hub for the UK Industrial Strategy, a key ingredient of which is becoming home to a globally competitive Production Corridor uniquely focused on creativity.

Our work will be to scope and demonstrate the potential for large-scale, transformational cultural and creative production centres across the Thames Estuary region. This will involve extensive stakeholder consultation to identify priority projects and better understand the distinctive cultural and economic geography of the Thames Estuary. It will include in-depth testing and modelling to future proof projects and establish their business case. Plus it will involve a process of visioning and benchmarking to ensure that projects individually and collectively shape a fabric of infrastructure which is of national and international significance and excellence.

This piece of work builds on our extensive track record in the Thames Estuary, which includes several cultural strategies, creative industries strategies, feasibility studies and evaluations.

12th March 2018

Debate & Provocation #2 'Does Brighton Even Exist?' - How the city uses its creative and cultural sector in its messaging. Brighton, UK

As part of our work supporting the establishment of Brighton's Cultural Framework and the development of a Creative Coast proposition for Greater Brighton, our senior consultant Andrew Erskine will be chairing an evening of provocation and debate for Brighton & Hove Council. Running from 6 - 7.30 PM at the University of Brighton, the event will explore how the internal perception of Brighton can be better married to the external views of potential investors, relocating businesses and visitors.

Brighton & Hove perceives of itself as a hotbed of creative thinkers and do-ers. It is home to one of the most dynamic and innovative cultural sectors in the UK and host to over sixty festivals a year, including the largest annual arts festival in England. Artists and creative companies choose to base themselves there because Brighton & Hove is associated with a liberal, collaborative spirit which fosters creativity. Furthermore, the recent NESTA Creative Nation report cited the city as the place with the most embedded creativity in "non-creative" sectors.

However are these and other perceptions of Brighton matched by the reality of how the city is viewed externally? In an increasingly competitive market for talent and inward investment, does Brighton have a strong, relevant, credible and coherent identity? Is it even on the radar? As one participant at a recent event said "Does Brighton Even Exist?".

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7th March 2018

Creative Coast and Brighton Cultural Framework, UK

Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy (TFCC) have been commissioned to develop a Creative Coast value proposition for the Greater Brighton region.

The Creative Coast will be a place strategy which articulates the unique economic, social and cultural strengths of Greater Brighton as a place to live, work, visit an invest in. It will articulate how culture, creative industries and tourism (as well as related sectors including Higher Education) are inter-dependent through their via networks, value chains and locational factors. It will include a sharp focus on the gaps and barriers to success that currently exist for SMEs - such as the challenge of finding affordable workspace. It will relate the importance of Greater Brighton to the wider South East economy, including its unique role in the Coast to Capital LEP area. It will connect with the National Industrial Strategy and the potential place-based industrial strategy. The value proposition will identify investment opportunities and operate as a prospectus for public and private sector investment.

TFCC are also acting as critical friends to the emerging Brighton Cultural Framework, which will set out how best to support Brighton's unique cultural ecology. Brighton is home to one of the most dynamic and innovative cultural sectors in the UK and host to over sixty festivals a year, including the largest annual arts festival in England.

February - March 2018

Cultural Industries and Heritage Speaking Engagements in Kuwait

Our Senior Associate Andrew Erskine is carrying out a series of speaking engagements and meetings as part of a joint venture between British Council and the Kuwait National Council for Culture, Arts and Letters (NCCAL).

The project thus far saw Andrew talk on the creative economy and what it means for artists and young entrepreneurs at the Sadu House - a museum and centre for the promotion of Contemporary Craft. Andrew also lectured students at the American University of Kuwait on the Creative Economy before talking on the future creative, economic and social potential of Failaka Island, a site of unique historical and archaeological value off the coast of Kuwait City.