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5th - 8th December 2017

Crowdfunding for SMEs - training programme in Yerevan, Armenia

Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy is delivering the third part of its mission in Armenia, training 14 businesses in crowdfunding and sustainable development. Developed with support from Sian Prime, Goldsmiths, University of London, the course covers the start-up journey that businesses need to go on to successfully achieve funding, with a particular focus on gearing up for crowdfunding.

It is aimed at entrepreneurs currently developing innovative products and services, ideas and solutions. It will equip them with the skills and knowledge to promote, raise interest and eventually obtain investments and funding. Narek Vardanyan, who, via the Crowdfunding Formula, has successfully helped Armenian entrepreneurs achieve successful funding campaigns, will be providing local expertise and support.

The training from part of the The 'Support to SME development in Armenia' - SMEDA - project. SMEDA is co-funded by the European Union and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and implemented by the Private Sector Development in South Caucasus Programme. SMEDA is part of the EU4Business and EU4Innovation initiatives of the European Union.

Following this week, TFCC will be providing recommendations and strategic advice on support for SMEs in Armenia.

5th December 2017

The Creative Economy of Smaller Cities, Evora, Portugal

Tom Fleming will address an audience of cultural organisations, academics, creative businesses, local and regional authority officers and students, focusing on the creative economy of smaller cities and rural regions.

This is part of our contribution to a new Creative Industries Baseline Study for Evora and Alentejo, involving a set of consultations across this fascinating region. This is being led by SPI - an economic development consultancy based in Portugal. It comes at a significant time for the city, as a candidate city for European Capital of Culture 2027.

29th November 2017

Centre for Cultural And Media Policy Studies Guest Speaker Series, Warwick University, UK

Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy Senior Associate Andrew Erskine is guest speaker at the University of Warwick Centre for Cultural and Media Policy. Andrew will be talking to a group of MA Students under Associate Professor, Dr Jonathan Vickery. He will focus on the role of consultants in developing the creative economy, our work at TFCC, the key policy areas in the UK and future challenges to sector growth.

28th November 2017

Keynote Address at the Brighton Cultural Framework Summit, UK

Our senior consultant Andrew Erskine will be speaking on the myths and realities of Brighton as a creative and cultural place at the start of this day-long summit in Hove. Brighton & Hove Council together with the Arts and Creative Industries Commission, are developing a new Cultural Framework which will set out how the city's creative community can be better supported to succeed in the future.

The sell-out event will introduce the key themes of the emerging Framework which include health and wellbeing, collaboration and accessibility, the role of culture in economic growth, cultural leadership, city branding and positioning.

Brighton is a unique coastal city in the UK, whose success is drawn from its location, scale, education strengths, heritage, dynamic knowledge economy, international links and more. But staying still will not be enough for it to continue to prosper, with high housing costs, new competition from emerging creative hotspots in other coastal locations, Brexit and growing issues related to inequality and health.

The day will be a chance for over 200 people to help shape and influence a major new approach to growing Brighton's creative economy at this critical time and help ensure that a city with a special place in the national and international cultural, economic and social landscape can have a sustainable future.

24th - 25th November 2017

Knowledge Partner, Creative Central Asia Astana Forum, Kazakhstan

Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy has been appointed by The British Council to advise on development and recruitment of speakers to this major event in Astana.

Creative Central Asia is the start of a new long term dialogue series aimed at stimulating discussion and building relationships amongst cultural and creative economy leaders from the government, private sector and civil society in UK and Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan).

We will have an active role going forward in supporting partners in policy development.