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20 February 15

Digital, creative and cultural sector of Essex: Realising the Potential. Essex, UK.

Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy (TFCC) has been commissioned by Essex County Council to develop a detailed and coherent evidence base which shows the current profile, scope and health of the creative Industries and enables the production of a clear vision, strategy and action plan to support the growth of the Creative Industries sector in Essex. This will include a review of existing research, strategies and action plans; analysis of existing data and intelligence; and targeted consultation with key partners and stakeholders working across the County from the public and private sectors. It will be positioned to fit the wider aspirations of the County and connect to the priorities of the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP).

9 February 15

Ama Ofeibea Amponsah: a new addition to the TFCC team

We are very pleased to introduce Ama to our team, who will be working as a Strategy and Concept Manager at TFCC. With over nine years industry experience, Ama has worked as Head of Graphics & Archive at a busy international Architectural firm as well as various freelance design consultancy projects. Her experience includes designing and co-ordinating projects with publishers, and arts and cultural institutions such as Thames & Hudson, Rizzoli, the Design Museum, London, the Bozar Institute, Brussels and the Haus der Kunst in Munich. Ama has a BA honours degree in Design Studies from Goldsmiths College and is currently undertaking an MA in Global Creative and Cultural Industries at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London. Her interests in arts, culture and the progression of creative industries in developing countries are a great fit for the team.

6 February 15

Lead Advisers to the Bid for South East Ireland to become European Capital of Culture 2020.

Tom Fleming has been appointed to lead a team of advisers to the cities and counties of Waterford, Wexford and Kilkenny in South East Ireland in their joint bid to be European Capital of Culture (ECOC) 2020. Led by Waterford, this regional Bid will bring together the shared cultural assets of the three cities and their counties to develop a compelling narrative and wonderful programme. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to position culture to the heart of the strategic agenda, to mobilise participation, engender pride and transform the fortunes of this beautiful and inspiring region. It is also an opportunity to play a leadership role for other relatively peripheral rural regions across the European Union - showing how partnerships can be forged, resources shared and new cultural senses of place generated.

Tom leads a team which includes Karan Thompson - a leading cultural tourism and creative industries consultant based in Dublin; and Mary McCarthy, Director of Cork Sculpture Factory and ex-director of programmes Cork ECOC 2005 and ex-ECOC jury-member. Together we will support the core Bid team, advise on the strategy for Bid development, be advocates and critical friends, and input to the Bid writing process.

26 January 15

Global Public Goods and Challenges - Human Development - Culture in EU Development Cooperation

Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy has been commissioned (alongside cultural policy expert Patricio Jeretic and AETS) to undertake an important research project which focuses on the role of culture in development and sets out priorities for European Union (EU) investment. Tom Fleming and the team will provide an analysis of culture in development, identifying different scenarios for a future EU programme on culture, in the framework of the EU's Global Public Goods and Challenges (GPPC). The assignment will consolidate available information on current support to the cultural sector by identifying best practice. This will be complemented by a detailed overview of the prospective approaches to culture by key stakeholders which in turn will lead to the formulation of a set of recommendations and options for implementation of the GPPC thematic programme on culture, in the sub-themes of the EU's Development Cooperation Instrument.

20 January 15

A study on the spillover effects of public investment in culture, the arts, and the cultural and creative industries.

Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy has been commissioned to undertake this major study by a network of partners which includes Arts Council England, European Centre for Creative Economy, Arts Council of Ireland, Creative England and the European Creative Business Network. One of the key policy drivers for public investment in culture is the anticipation of a range of additional 'spillover effects' - e.g. for the economy, innovation and distinctiveness. At a European level there is a lack of evidence on the type, scale and outcomes of such 'spillovers'. A better understanding of causality will enable partners across the public sector to explain the case for support and ensure smarter investment.

The research is supported by a steering group of over 15 key academic institutions and NGOs - including Aalto University, Antwerp Management School, Arts Council Malta, Arts Council Norway, Inteli, Deusto University Bilbao, Universty of Warwick, European Cultural Foundation and British Council.