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29 July 2009

Pixel Palaces in a Digital Kingdom? - Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy Featured in Arts Professional Magazine

John Newbigin, Strategic Advisor for the UK Film Council, has written an article for the Arts Professional Magazine (Issue 199, 27 July 2009) featuring the importance of Cross Artform Venues (CAVs) as cultural intermediaries for the creative economy. This references our work in the 2007 report - 'Crossing Boundaries - the role of cross-art-form and media venues in the age of 'clicks not bricks'.

The article focuses on how these venues have evolved to position collaboration, openness, experimentation and innovation as a core business. They are becoming inter-disciplinary arts places with mixed activities, enabling their publics to take part in their development and acting as key hubs and brokers of creativity and innovation in their city regions.

John Newbigin asks if these venues are "...the first manifestations of something entirely new, in which the worlds of arts, culture, education and economic activity genuinely come together in new formations?" We think the answer has to be "yes".

In response to our Crossing Boundaries report, we are currently developing a business plan for a UK-wide network of Cross-Art-Form Venues establishing it as a leader of creativity and innovation for the UK creative economy.

21 July 09

Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy Commissioned to Develop a Cultural and Creative Vision, Strategy and Action Plan for Harlow, Essex

Harlow, one of the first post-war 'new towns' in England, is undergoing significant change. The town where fibre optics were invented and with the largest public art collection in the country, is set to almost double in size by 2031. As part of this growth, the town centre is being redeveloped, the cultural infrastructure is being improved, and options for the growth of a higher education offer are being explored.

As the town continues to grow, its great facilities and proximity to London, Cambridge and Stansted International Airport, will make it an attraction for businesses, shoppers and commuters alike. Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy is developing a vision, strategy and action plan to position culture and creativity at the forefront of the regeneration and transformation of the town.

Making the most of its cultural infrastructure, unique public realm and public art, buoyant creative industries sector, and excellent creative learning and skills offer, will help Harlow's goal to be recognised as a '21st Century Town for cultural and creative opportunity and development'.

This project includes identifying Harlow's unique cultural and creative asset base, identifying its 'cultural USP', and establishing a set of practical and actionable 'smart moves' for the town and its partners to achieve maximum value from the role of culture and creativity.

06 July 09

A Cultural Strategy for Young People in Northamptonshire by Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy

We are seeing an overall shift in approaches to cultural provision and engagement with and for young people. TFCC will undertake a project to help Northamptonshire County to take the lead in cultural development and education, expressing the needs and aspirations of an increasingly youthful population, establishing how cultural provision can become better suited to their shifting needs.

Joining together strategic agendas from national level to local delivery, so that a coordinated cultural offer is established for young people across the county, our strategy will build in flexibility to enable innovation in service design and delivery, identifying partnership opportunities and engaging young people across the county, utilising social media techniques.

01 July 09

Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy to develop an innovative Creative Economy hub in Norwich

Focusing on the creative writing talents of Norwich - a city with an established reputation as the centre for new writing, IP-rich creative industries and excellent academic institutions - Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy will evaluate and scope future opportunities for the development of a Creative Economy Hub in Norwich.

Commissioned by the Writers' Centre Norwich and partners, the project will consist of a detailed feasibility study and mapping exercise leading to a business model to successfully establish Norwich's innovative Creative Economy Hub.

30 June 09

Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy to develop new online SME support service - Mahout

Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy will structure and develop part of Business Assessment's online service - Mahout - an online publishing company providing analysis, recommendations, and a structured way of managing performance data to SMEs.
Business Assessment Ltd develops performance diagnostic tools and processes for SMEs and is now developing its online service.

Mahout will aim to:
- find small businesses with ambition
- provide guidance to managers so they can focus development on the right areas of their business
- track the impact of their decisions on the growth of the business