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19th April 2018

Global City Networks: Research Programme for the British Council Global Cities Strategy

Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy have been commissioned by the British Council to research and analyse the main UK-wide and global city networks, to identify their unique offer and focus, and to identify where there is potential overlap with relevant strategic priorities, and where there are opportunities for partnership and collaborative working.

The British Council is currently developing its first Global Cities Strategy, so there is need to establish a structured and evidence-based approach to its partnership work with networks of cities. There are multiple networks of cities, including UK-wide networks, regional networks (e.g. Europe and Asia), and global networks (such as those mobilised by UNESCO and UCLG).

Our role is to map and analysis the multiple networks and identify points of convergence and strategic opportunity for the British Council as it develops its Global Cities Strategy.

13th April 2018

Evaluation of Connections Through Culture, China and UK

Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy have been appointed by the British Council China to develop a ten-year evaluation of the Connections Through Culture programme. This is a vital programme for nurturing UK and China cultural relations through a focus on professional development exchange, mutual learning and capacity building.

Connections Through Culture has brokered and invested in multiple relations between arts and cultural organisations in China and the UK, fostering shared understanding, developing management and technical skills and driving new types of innovative cultural practice.

For this evaluation, our China and UK team will combine to undertake a programme of interviews, surveys and workshops which will explore the strategic role and value of the programme and reflect on lessons learned for future China / UK collaboration.

20th March 2018

South Downs National Park Authority - Cultural Heritage Mapping, Data and Research Gathering and Analysis, UK

Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy are pleased to begin work with the South Downs National Park Authority, helping them identify and understand cultural and creative industries in relation to the UK's most recently established national park. The pioneering work, the first we are aware of for a UK National Park Authority, will include mapping and surveying artists, designers and crafts people whose work is influenced by the unique landscape and environment of the park as well as capturing the wider cultural and creative industries which lie just outside its boundaries in places such as Winchester, Eastbourne and Brighton.

In particular we will be seeking to understand the the role of culture where it combines with education and the environment.

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.