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24 Oct 12

Creative Hubs in Kent, UK - a Study and Strategy

Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy is excited to have the opportunity to build on our work in Kent through a new study and strategy that scopes the current and future creative workspace needs of the County.

We will be working closely with partners across the County to identify those places in Kent where the creative sector has the greatest potential for growth - 'hotspots' - and where investment in workspace and 'wrap-around' infrastructure will generate sustainable growth.

This comes at an important time for Kent - as it seeks to grow the creative economy across its distinctive towns, nurturing an ecology that supports the major investments which have taken place over the last decade - in education, place-making and infrastructure. The project will also complement a new Interreg programme which will link creative workspace activities in Kent to those in other parts of Europe.

www.kent.gov.uk/leisure_and_culture/arts_development/cultural_strategy.aspx

12 Oct 12

Tom Fleming Keynote Speaker at the Creative City International Forum, Kirovograd, Ukraine

Tom will explore the 'creative city agenda' from the perspective of post-Soviet cities. Drawing on experience working across the Russian Federation and countries such as Georgia, Ukraine, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, Tom will highlight the limitations of the agenda and point to an agenda which works from the specific position of post-Soviet cities. This will include a focus on creative education, clusters, business support and reform of the wider cultural sector.

The Forum is organised by the Informational Resource Centre in Kirovograd.

28 Sept 12

Tom Fleming Keynote Speaker at the international conference 'Territory, Creativity & Urban Regeneration', Ilhavo, Portugal

Tom will deliver a presentation which critiques the ways concepts such as 'culture-led regeneration' and 'creative cities' have too often been vehicles for privileged wealth creation and have served to divide rather than connect communities. These terms have been used as brand narratives for real-estate-led urban developments, or have served to valorise certain types of 'creative work' over other social and economic activities.

Tom will reflect on good and bad practice over the last decade and offer a new approach which re-claims the 'creative city' for the whole community.

http://www.centrocultural.cm-ilhavo.pt/pages/3?event_id=717

24-25 Sept 12

Tom Fleming in Nigeria as part of Creative Investment Programme

Tom Fleming is continuing to play an advisory and advocacy role to support the development of the Creative Economy in Nigeria. Working with The British Council, Tom is consulting partners across industry and government to identify sector priorities. This is particularly geared toward investment and distribution models for the Creative Industries. As part of this visit, Tom attended the first meeting of the Lagos State Angel Network.

Consultations are helping to inform the structure and focus of the December Creative Expo event in Lagos, plus to shape policy and investment over the longer term.

www.britishcouncil.org
www.lagosangelnetwork.com

24 Sept 12

Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy Featured in The Guardian

The Guardian newspaper has featured Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy (TFCC) in its Best Practice Exchange - a series of on-line articles as part of its Small Business Network.

TFCC is featured as delivering best practice in exporting services. The article explores how "we have carefully developed a portfolio of clients in more than 30 countries, with particular success in the BRIC economies of Brazil and Russia, plus major emerging markets such as Vietnam and Nigeria".

It goes on to explore how some markets are keen to replicate, or at least learn from our models for cultural governance and investment. It shows how we have purposefully positioned ourselves as leading experts via a mix of social media platforms, conferences and events.

TFCC is thrilled to be featured by The Guardian.

www.guardian.co.uk/small-business-network/2012/sep/20/exporting-to-new-markets-tom-fleming-creative-consultancy