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20 Jan 13

Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy to Evaluate Arts Council England's Creative Industry Finance Pilot

Creative Industry Finance is an Arts Council England initiative operated by ArtCo Trading Ltd.

The aims of the programme are:

- to provide access to finance for small and medium enterprises operating within the cultural/creative industries, enabling business growth and supporting talent development
- to improve the business skills and commercial experience of small and medium enterprises operating within the cultural and creative industries
- to improve the financial profile and lending history of creative industry small and medium enterprises with growth potential, enabling them - to attract further investment from the private sector, thereby becoming more sustainable as independent enterprises
- to provide an evidence base for the demand and effectiveness of loan finance as an alternative to grant funding for commercially viable cultural and creative industry enterprises

The programme comprises two components:

- training and support - one-to-one business development support with a specialist business adviser
- access to finance - an opportunity to apply for a loan of up to GBP25,000 to help you develop and grow your business.

Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy will provide summative and formative evaluation and operate as learning partners to key stakeholders across the programme. The evaluation will conclude in 2014.

22 Dec 12

Guimaraes 2012 Set for Spectacular Closing Event

Guimaraes, European Capital of Culture 2012, will stage its final large-scale event on Saturday 22 December. The streets of the city centre will be packed with revellers celebrating a year of unprecedented cultural activities and significant culture-led transformation.

Tom Fleming has been working with the city for over 3 years and is Programme Director for the Creative City (Cidade) area. It has been an incredible privilege to take part in a smaller city with a big heart that has embraced the opportunity of European Capital of Culture to deliver a truly inspiring set of activities.

Tom's involvement culminated in the Cidade Campus - a major event for creative-city-makers from across Europe, with a special focus on the role of creativity and the creative economy for smaller cities.

Films, photos and written content showcasing this event and the wider Cidade Programme can be seen here:

Congratulations to Guimaraes 2012 for an inspiring year and best of luck for a wonderful future. As the motto of the Cidade Programme says: Let's (re)imagine the possibility of the city.

8 Dec 12

Tom Fleming delivers a Creative Economy Workshop in Funchal, Madeira

On the invitation of the Madeiran cultural experts Giramondu, Tom Fleming hosted leading stakeholders in the Madeiran Creative Industries to explore how the island can develop a more balanced and productive economy.

This included discussions on how the tourism sector can involve greater emphasis on creative production, how young talent can be supported to be more entrepreneurial, and how the island can integrate creative approaches across its main development agendas.

This forms the first of an exciting longer-term relationship between Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy and Madeira.

Dec 12 - Feb 13

Creative Futures - Kent Cultural Conversations

From December 2012 to February 2012, Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy is curating and chairing a series of three symposia for Kent County Council: Kent Cultural Conversations. These are positioned to reflect on progress made since the launch of the Kent Cultural Strategy in 2010, to identify new priorities, and explore aspirations for the next 3 years.

The symposia are launched to coincide with the new Kent Cultural Challenge Fund - where partners are encouraged to propose innovative demonstration projects which will help to grow and diversify the cultural sector.

Topics include 'place-making' (at Creek Creative, Faversham), 'creative commissioning' (at Dance South East, Hextable), and 'learning and skills' (at Turner Contemporary, Margate). Contributors include Marcel Baettig of the Bow Arts Trust and Mike White of Durham University. Tom Fleming will write a summary recommendations paper in March 2012.

Dec 12

Nigerian Creative Expo, Lagos: A Creative Investment Programme for Nigeria

Tom Fleming has just returned from Lagos, Nigeria, where he chaired the 2nd Nigerian Creative Expo for the British Council. Tom designed the programme and recruited speakers through consultation with the British Council and major players in the Nigerian Creative Economy.

This year, the Expo focused on investment and investment readiness in the Creative Industries. Contributors included the Bank of Industry, UK Trade & Investment, Nexim Bank, The Ministry of Culture, and many businesses.

Over 200 participants contributed to a very lively programme and collectively informed the development of a set of recommendations for sustainable investment in the Nigerian Creative Economy.

Tom Fleming will work with colleagues at the British Council and the wider sector to develop an action plan for sector investment - as part of a wider Creative Economy Programme for Nigeria.