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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.

09 Sep 11

The Creative Economy in Russia - a new collaboration between the UK and Russia led by Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy

Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy (TFCC) has been appointed by the British Council as advisers to and facilitators of a new programme of conferences and workshops which will build expertise, confidence and capacity for the Russian Creative Economy. The events will also develop stronger and more sustainable collaboration between the Russian and UK creative economies. TFCC brings close to 10 years of experience working across Russia to give a unique perspective on the challenges and opportunities for the Creative Economy in Russia and on how best to collaborate with the UK.

The first event will take place in Moscow, September 30th 2011. Andrew Erskine will lead the debate and facilitate presentations from UK and Russian experts - recruited by TFCC.

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

02 Sep 11

Tom Fleming keynote speaker at 'Where Next for Big City Culture?' Birmingham, 15th September 2011

Tom Fleming has been invited to be the keynote speaker at Birmingham Cultural Partnerships' event that will discuss the future of Birmingham's Cultural Strategy 'Big City Culture'. The event, 'Where Next for Big City Culture?' will take place on 15th September 2011. Tom's speech will stimulate debate and critical thinking, help partners to consider how best to collaborate and deliver positive change through culture, and deliver a perspective on the challenges and opportunities for cultural strategy and development in big cities as the economy shuffles out of recession.

Birmingham's Cultural Strategy can be found here:

01 Sep 11

TFCC commissioned to evaluate First Light

First Light has commissioned TFCC to carry out an evaluation of the organisation's first 10 years of operation. The evaluation will provide evidence of the beneficial outcomes of First Light's work with young people nationwide and consider future strategic directions which will strengthen its position within the informal media training sector.

First Light helps young people from all backgrounds to develop their skills, talent, creativity, confidence and entrepreneurial capabilities by providing opportunities to work together on high quality, youth led digital media projects with industry professionals.