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8 Jun 12

Guest Editorial by Tom Fleming on Russian Creative Economy

Tom Fleming has written a Guest Editorial for the Russo-British Chamber of Commerce on the Russian Creative Economy. The editorial looks at progress over the past 10 years and discusses the benefits of building closer relationships between the Russian and UK Creative Industries. The Guest Editorial is available online in both English and Russian.

Click here to view in English.

Click here to view in Russian.

7 Jun 12

Tom Fleming in Kosice, Slovakia, to launch the Creative Economy Masterplan, June 8th 2012

As a direct outcome of Tom Fleming's ongoing work for the city of Kosice in Slovakia, on June 8th, Tom will be in the city to participate in a launch presentation for the new Creative Economy Masterplan. This includes a joint presentation with the City's Mayor and team for European Capital of Culture 2013.

5 Jun 12

Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy to provide guidance & mentoring to the new Sheffield Culture Consortium

The newly formed Sheffield Culture Consortium will lead on sector development in England's 4th largest city, with the city's major institutions collaborating to share knowledge, coordinate programming and leverage investment. Over the next 12 months, the Consortium, with the support of the City Council and Arts Council England, will set out its priorities to grow, diversify and ensure the resilience of Sheffield's cultural sector and creative economy. This will include a set of recommendations for new activities that can deliver real step change for the city. The Consortium includes Sheffield Theatres, Museums Sheffield, the two universities, Site Gallery and Showroom/Workstation. Our role will be to facilitate effective collaboration, introduce opportunities for new projects, and brief partners on good practice across the cultural and creative sectors.

29 May 12

Creative Industry Finance Pilot Programme launched by Arts Council England

Arts Council England (ACE) has launched a new loan scheme for cultural and creative businesses - the Creative Industry Finance programme in response to our 2011 report for ACE 'Supporting growth in the arts economy'.

The Creative Industry Finance pilot programme offers a combination of business development support and access to loan finance for creative industry enterprises. The pilot supports the ACE's Goal 3 priorities by exploring new business models to help the arts sector become more sustainable, resilient and innovative and has been set up with the following aims:

- To provide access to finance for SMEs operating within the cultural/creative industries, enabling business growth and supporting talent development

- 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

- To improve the business skills and commercial experience of SMEs operating within the cultural/creative industries

- To improve the financial profile/lending history of creative industry SMEs with growth potential, enabling them to attract further investment from the private sector, thereby becoming more sustainable as independent enterprises

The pilot programme will launch initially for businesses located in the London region, and will be delivered by ArtCo Trading Ltd (ACE's trading subsidiary company) in partnership with East London Small Business Centre - a not-for-profit organisation with more than 30 years of experience in providing support for small businesses.

Creative Industry Finance website:

Supporting Growth in the Arts Economy publication:

09 May 12

Guimaraes European Capital of Culture 2012: FASHION HUB launch party, 11 May

This Friday will see the launch of FASHION HUB, part of Guimaraes European Capital of Culture 2012. FASHION HUB forms part of the Cidade (Cities) programmed by Tom Fleming. Friday's launch will introduce the six designers who have been selected to take part in the FASHION HUB Programme and will coincide with the British Council's Young Creative Fashion Entrepreneur Award presentation.

FASHION HUB (Plataforma de Moda) will showcase fashion and textile design talent from across the northern region of Portugal to international markets as part of Guimaraes European Capital of Culture 2012. As part of the Fashion Hub, one of the six designers will be selected to represent Portugal in the British Council's Young Creative Fashion Entrepreneur Award. The chosen designer will participate in a visit to the UK, in September 2012, where they will take part in valuable networking opportunities with the UK fashion industry and their international peers. The tour will comprise of visits, meetings, seminars and events at London Fashion Week.