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04 Oct 11

Andrew Erskine facilitates first Russian-British Creative Economy Forum in Moscow

The first Russian-British Creative Economy Forum, facilitated by TFCC and organised by the British Council Russia in partnership with the Creative Industries Agency Russia and the British Embassy in Moscow, took place 30th September - 1st October 2011 at the British Embassy in Moscow. The forum is part of an initiative aimed to strengthen the links between the UK and Russian creative and cultural economy through the exchange of knowledge and expertise in creative economy theory and practice between UK and Russian experts at the policy making level.

More specifically, the forum raised awareness of the importance of the creative economy for the development of the local economy; stimulated a conversation around the creative economy related issues between UK and Russian policy-makers; and discussed recommendations on particular challenges in creative economy development in selected Russian cities and regions.

Andrew Erskine facilitated the forum. Outcomes, videos, discussions and photos from the event can be found here: (mostly Russian)
Voice of Russia (VOR) - national government's international radio broadcasting service: radio coverage of event. (Andrew's presentation starts at 12:30)

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A further 2 events will take place in late 2011 and early 2012 - both of which will be led by Tom Fleming. They will also open up a wider programme of joint projects and sector development opportunities with TFCC at the helm.

29 Sep 11

The Creative Economy in Nigeria - a development project facilitated by Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy

Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy (TFCC) has been appointed by the British Council as advisers to and facilitators of a delegation of Nigerian investors, bankers and civil servants set to visit the UK on a study and partnership visit. TFCC will design and stage a programme of workshops and meetings between UK creative economy experts and the Nigerian delegation - with a focus on investment and business support for the creative industries. The visit will develop stronger and more sustainable collaboration between the Nigerian and UK creative economies. It builds on TFCC's work on creative industries investment - such as for NESTA, Arts Council England and the Nordic Council of Ministers. It also builds on our work for UNESCO - advising on creative economy policy in 'developing countries'.

The programme commences on October 24th 2011.

23 Sep 11

University of the Arts' Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon partnership now recruiting, following TFCC's Enterprise Strategy development

Following TFCC's work to develop an Enterprise Strategy for the Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon (CCW) partnership tasked with maximising enterprise and new business initiatives, CCW is now recruiting.

The three positions are:

Business Relationship Manager - Creativity, Innovation and Social Enterprise

Business Relationship Manager - Sustainability & International

Head of Enterprise

Deadline: 5th October 2011

21 Sep 11

Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy selected as Transnational experts to the British Council's Future City Jobs Programme

Led by the British Council, Future City Jobs is an EU-funded pilot programme aimed at strengthening youth employment through the Creative and Cultural Industries. It will be delivered by a small consortium of partners representing six cities from six EU Member States: Glasgow (UK), Prague (CZ), San Sebastian (ES), Soedertaelje/Stockholm (SE), Tallinn (EE) and Wroclaw (PL). The partners will come together to develop and implement new initiatives which strengthen youth employment through the Creative and Cultural Industries by facilitating the transition of young people from education onto the creative industry labour market. The Future City Jobs Programme responds to the challenge of rising youth unemployment as we emerge from the economic crisis.

Europe 2020 - A European strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth states:

"The recent economic crisis has no precedent in our generation. The steady gains in economic growth and job creation witnessed over the last decade have been wiped out - our GDP fell by 4% in 2009, our industrial production dropped back to the levels of the 1990s and 23 million people - or 10% of our active population - are now unemployed".

This raises the stakes for the Future City Jobs Programme - which can operate as a demonstrator of effective practice in reducing youth unemployment. The role of Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy is to provide strategic guidance, broker stronger collaboration between collaborating cities, introduce models of good practice, facilitate meetings and study tours, and provide advocacy and analysis. This will culminate in a report that reviews the programme and delivers advice for cities across Europe.

12 Sep 11

Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy addresses a major Creative Economy Conference in Seoul, South Korea

Tracey Gregory, our Senior Associate, will be speaking at International Forum for Service Sector Advancement in Seoul, South Korea on 19th September 2011. Tracey will be presenting a paper "What Next for the Creative Economy - International Lessons and Guidelines for the Future". The paper calls for a re-appraisal of the role and rhetoric of the creative industries and presents the need for a more nuanced, rigorous and grounded approach that will ensure real sustainability and growth in specific creative clusters such as South Korea.

The forum is being hosted by the Korean MOSF (the Ministry of Strategy and Finance) and KDI (Korea Development Institute) to discuss future policy directions for improving the competitiveness of the creative economy and the service sector in the country.

The event marks the beginning of a collaboration period between Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy and policy-makers in South Korea.