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A Refreshed Cultural & Creative Industries Study for Tunbridge Wells, UK.

Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy have been commissioned to develop a refreshed cultural and creative industries study for Tunbridge Wells in Kent, UK. This exercise will build from and refresh our previous study from 2012, which had three recommendations

1. Workspace: with urgency develop a set of options for a dedicated creative workspace hub(s).
2. Branding: Develop a new brand identity and a set of signage and branding activities for the creative economy of Tunbridge Wells.
3. Collaboration/networks: set up a Creative Collaboration Steering Group to lead on creating a programme of events and network activities for the sector.

These recommendations directly resulted in the following:

- Successful funding bids for investment and support to develop The House creative workspace and business support programme, which opened in 2016.
- Secured investment and support to develop the Tunbridge Wells Cultural and Learning Hub.
- Development of the Tunbridge Wells Cultural Consortium
- Raising the profile of cultural activities and positioning culture and the creative sector as a whole as a driver for change within the Borough.

Following this success, Tunbridge Wells Borough Council and Kent County Council have commissioned TFCC to update the sector baseline and refresh the strategic approach to the cultural and creative industries in this distinctive place. The aim of this work is to ensure continued support for the sector to enable business growth, and encourage the benefits that the sector contributes to the cultural and place-making ambitions for Tunbridge Wells.

1st May 2018

Creative Economy Networks: research, policy and exchange (UK-Brazil)

Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy will be well-represented at this conference hosted by the British Council and Queen Mary University, with both Tom Fleming and Pedro Affonso Ivo Franco presenting.

Creative Economy Networks: research, policy and exchange (UK-Brazil) brings together research, policy and industry perspectives to explore the role of exchange in creative economy businesses and its impact on the sector. Particular focus will be given to new research and policy drawn from recent UK-Brazil collaboration and exchanges led or facilitated by the British Council, Network and People Palace Projects.

Pedro will present our perspectives on supporting creative entrepreneurs in marginal locations - drawing on our recent and ongoing work in Brazil. Tom will chair a session which features creative business support and training providers from across Brazil.

23rd April 2018

Tom Fleming a founding member of the new Cultural Policy Designers Network

The Cultural Policy Designers Network (CPDN) brings together independent cultural policy experts, known in the field for their policy work across Europe and beyond. The eight founders of the CPDN have joined forces to provide alternative and independent partnerships that draw on international expertise for advice, strategic planning and project implementation in the arts, culture and the creative economy.

As the first European network for professional cultural policy experts operating from within the non-governmental sector, CPDN will serve as a platform for its members to develop partnerships with national, regional, European and international institutions.

The network wants to operate as a truly European force providing expertise in the cultural
fields to serve the European project in its social, economic and diplomatic dimension. The
CPDN intends to be a knowledge-based independent partner, free from any political affiliations or lobby groups.

CPDN has also launched a membership call for interested individuals who wish to join the
network. In the coming months CPDN will also start connecting with other networks and
organisations interested in exploring new and alternative solutions to challenges in cultural development through a collaborative pan-European approach.

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.