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27 Mar 12

A Creative Economy Strategy for Kosice, Slovakia

Tom Fleming Creative Consltancy has been commissioned by the City and Region of Kosice, with the Kosice 2013 European Capital of Culture company, to offer leadership and advice for a long-term Creative Economy Strategy. This is to develop a coherent and sustainable approach that enables the economy of Kosice to diversify and re-balance. Kosice is a 'steel city' in Eastern Slovakia which is undergoing a rapid process of renewal - accelerated by European Capital of Culture status for 2013. The task now is to build a nurturing environment for creative business, cultural practice and convergent activities over the longer-term - to establish Kosice as a major hub for the creative economy of central Europe by 2020.

15 Mar 12

Final Russian-British Creative Economy Forum taking place 19th - 20th March 2012

The 3rd Russian-British Creative Economy Forum will take place this March in Moscow and will be moderated by Tom Fleming. The Forum programme has been developed by Tom Fleming, who will also moderate the sessions. This is the final in a series of policy making conferences throughout 2011 - 2012 and will explore issues of copyright, intellectual property and educational programmes in these fields. More specifically, the forum will discuss the following issues:

- Higher education-driven approaches to creative business support, including a focus on IP and the wider legal framework for early stage creative businesses.
- Ways the higher education sector is 'opening up' via new approaches to incubation, knowledge exchange and collaboration with the sector.
- Roles that the higher education sector can play in supporting sector development in cities and regions.
- Opportunities for the higher education sector to play a stronger and more effective role in the future - with leading creative businesses describing how they have developed IP-driven business models and identifying where HEIs could and should play a more proactive role in supporting such businesses.

Key international speakers will include:

- Ian Livingstone, Creative director at Eidos.
- Stephen Beddoe, Director of Student Enterprise & Employability (SEE), University of the Arts London
- Dominic Hodge, Planning Director, FRUKT Communications, London/New York
- Trevor Cook, Bird & Bird, partner

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06 Mar 12

Future Cities Jobs publishes latest newsletter

With the 6 Local Future Cities Jobs workshops completed in December, Future Cities Jobs has been able to reflect on some of the workshop outcomes. These include:
  - The publication of two more case studies (Eco-Chic Boutique in Glasgow and Studio Pesec from Ljubljana);
  - The selection of two 'pilot' ideas ("Techno Emotional Space - innovative cultural and entrepreneurial activities" in Donostia-San Sebastian and "Creative Work Cooperative - an Associated Space Atelier" in Wroclaw) to be built up over the next 7 months;
  - A short Interim Progress Update by Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy summarising observations and learning points from the programme to date;
  - 6 guidelines for partner cities;
  - Ongoing engagement with a wider network of partners and interested individuals, through the FCJ website, Twitter feed, and the Creative Cities Facebook group.

The latest newsletter which includes our interim progress update report can be found here:

28 Feb 12

Rosalyn Benjamin speaking at 'Made in Thessaloniki' Creative Economy seminar, 4th March

As part of a week-long series of activities taking place in Thessaloniki, Greece between 2-8 March 2012, the British Council (in collaboration with the Goethe Institut Thessaloniki, Parallaxi Magazine and the 'Thessaloniki Allios' team) are organising a seminar on Thessaloniki's creative economy entitled 'Made in Thessaloniki'.

The event will attempt a multi-faceted theoretical approach to the creative economy, with the contribution of well-known Greek and international professionals from the field of creative industries and design. Rosalyn Benjamin will present the theory behind the creative industries with an emphasis on the role of design.

27 Feb 12

Andrew Erskine speaking at Kent Economic Board Creative Media and Communications Business Growth Consultation

The event, taking place on 29th February at Maidstone Studios, is the fifth in a series of sector meetings held by the Kent Economic Board (KEB) in partnership with Kent County Council, designed to discuss driving investment, shaping business development and securing a prosperous future for Kent's Creative Industries sector. The event will examine investment and development opportunities, critical success factors and entrepreneurial challenges for this sector. Andrew Erskine will discuss how or whether Kent should be competing with London in an international market.

To sign up and for details on previous events visit the KEB website: