Projects 2010 /

Developing a Cultural Development Framework for Eastbourne

Client: Eastbourne Borough Council

Developing an overarching framework for cultural provision and destination marketing to support the development of the sector. Ultimately, the framework aimed to strengthen Eastbourne's cultural sector, demonstrate the contribution of the cultural offer to the economic prosperity of the town, define investment opportunities and provide a sustainable methodology for continued partnerships, delivery models and cultural promotion in Eastbourne. The framework was built on Eastbourne's existing rich, vibrant cultural sector.

Two research projects on Arts Investment for Children and Young People

Client: Arts Council England

Two linked research projects investigating the funding opportunities available for Children and Young People. The overall aim of the research was to get a snap shot of pre Comprehensive Spending Review policy and spending by other departments, bodies and organisations and the number of opportunities this resource enabled. The first research strand focused on non-Arts Council funding for children and young people; the second looked at Local Authority funding, profiling 10 Local Authorities nationally.

Evaluation of Artsmark test phase

Client: Arts Council England

Evaluation of the Artsmark - national awards scheme, managed by Arts Council England, a programme which recognised schools commitment to the arts - test phase with education settings. The future of Artsmark was under review and a 'new look' scheme was tested from October 2010. The evaluation looked at the renewed scheme, presented findings and developed recommendations to improve the existing offer.

Advising Russian Museum Tokens Project

Client: Russian Association of Cultural Managers

Part of an extensive visit to Moscow and Sochi, on Russia's Black Sea coast, advising partners at the Russian Association of Cultural Managers on how to develop an entrepreneurial culture in the museums sector. This included approaches to improving the souvenir market and opening up institutions to a wider public. This worked as a precursor to an international exchange programme that linked Russian museums to partners in the UK, Norway and Holland.

In depth mapping of Wandsworth's cultural facilities

Client: Wandsworth Borough Council

Detailed audit of facilities in the borough of Wandsworth which were available, suitable or potentially available for a variety of cultural activities. This mapping contributed to the understanding of the Borough's cultural provision, supported future spatial planning and facilitated the promotion of cultural activity in the borough.

Understanding Sheffield’s Creative and Digital Cluster

Client: Sheffield City Council

Building data and intelligence on Sheffield’s creative and digital cluster. The study comprised high level data analysis giving a clear overview of the social, cultural and commercial drivers that influence the profile and behaviour of the CDI sector in Sheffield, as well as intelligence on the opportunities for maximising growth and levering a greater value-adding role for the sector. The overall outcome of this was a detailed and practical appraisal of the dynamics and profile of Sheffield’s CDI sector.

"TBR and Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy were hired to deliver an analysis of the Creative and Digital Industries in Sheffield and the City Region. Commissioned as separate but concurrent projects, we felt that TBR’s business data and quantitative expertise and Tom Fleming’s sector development experience provided the ideal combination of skills and knowledge to deliver a high quality project. The findings were fed into the Local Economic Assessment to help influence the city's strategy with respect to the CDI sector."

Diana Buckley, Economic Strategy Team, Sheffield City Council

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Visioning and Management Framework for Creative Colchester

Client: Colchester Borough Council

Developing a vision for Creative Colchester and a Management Framework for the Creative Business Centre - a pivotal element in the Cultural Quarter which also delivered on the vision for Creative Colchester. The vision developed an identity for Colchester as a creative town by bringing together a number of creative initiatives and networks.

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Creative Industries demand/needs study and cultural plan to support the renaissance of Watford Town Centre

Client: Watford Borough Council

A demand/needs study involving an analysis of the size and scope of the cultural and creative business sector in Watford and an assessment of potential consumption expenditure and current levels of cultural participation rates at local and regional level, as well as a five year cultural development action plan for the town.

Think Piece on creative economy policy across the three Baltic States of Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia

Client: Estonian Government

Commentary on opportunities and challenges for developing a joined-up approach to creative economy policy across the three Baltic States of Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia. This was part of a wider document that explord how the three countries can build on set of cultural, economic and geographic ties to develop a stronger and more competitive sector.

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Review of delivery mechanisms for Arts Award

Client: Arts Council England

Review of the regional delivery model for Arts Award - the national programme in England aimed to support young people who want to deepen their engagement with the arts, build creative and leadership skills, and, by doing so, achieve a national qualification.

Review of strategic role of Artsmark

Client: Arts Council England

Identifying the most effective strategic role of Artsmark - the England-wide programme that provided a benchmark for arts provision in schools. Key here was aligning Artsmark to ensure it effectively delivered strategic outcomes for Arts Council England and government.

Understanding and Shaping the Cultural and Creative Sector in the London Borough of Croydon

Client: London Borough of Croydon

Comprehensive mapping and analysis of Croydon’s creative and cultural facilities, while exploring current and potential cultural and creative hotspots, areas of emerging creative activity in the Borough.

Design Challenge: Digital Platform Context, Strategy and Analysis.

Client: Design Council

Providing strategic advice, market assessment and contextual analysis on the development of the digital platform for the National Design Challenge for Schools, which met the needs of schools, young people and designers taking part in the Challenge. The platform was at the cutting edge of technology in schools, adding real value to the Challenge and for the wider aims of the Design Council by showing the benefits of design approaches to systemic issues affecting society.

Warsaw: European Capital of Culture 2016

Client: City of Warsaw

Leading the strategic development of the partnership and bid-development process for Warsaw to become European Capital of Culture 2016. This was an opportunity for one of Europe's major capital cities to become one of Europe's leading cultural cities. Our work involved scoping potential, connecting agendas, and technical advice on bid development concerns.

Guimaraes: European Capital of Culture 2012: Leading the 'Cidade Programme' (City Programme)

Client: Guimaraes 2012

Designing, programming and commissioning the 'Cidade' element of Guimaraes 2012. This was the start of an intensive process to develop a programme of activity for its forthcoming European Capital of Culture status (2012) with responsibility for agendas in creative industries, cultural planning, cultural tourism and all things urban.

Sheffield UK City of Culture 2013: Lead consultants

Client: Sheffield City Council

Lead consultancy in support of Sheffield’s bid to be UK City of Culture in 2013, after successfully becoming one of four short-listed cities. This support saw Sheffield bidding for first title of UK City of Culture in 2013 giving the city the opportunity to showcase Sheffield’s culture and creativity to a national and international audience.

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Signing & Branding in Camden: Maximising the Creative Narrative

Client: Camden Council

Developing a series of signing and branding interventions that raises the profile and impact of the Cultural and Creative Industries sector and Visitor Economy of Camden by presenting the cultural and creative assets of the Borough in a new and refreshed way. This was targeted to improve the access of the sector to strategic opportunities locally and at regional level.

National Design Challenge for Schools: Business Model Development

Client: Design Council and CCE

The Design Council and CCE were working in partnership to develop, pilot and launch a National Design Challenge for Schools, an annual competition open to all secondary schools, focusing on big issues such as health, crime and the environment. It gave young people the chance to work with professional designers to tackle real-life problems. The winning concepts wereturned into reality with help from the Challenge sponsors.

Developing a Business Plan for the Lyric Theatre, Belfast

Client: The Lyric Theatre, Belfast

Developing a business plan for the Lyric Theatre in Belfast in partnership with Full Circle Consultancy. This project came at a critical phase of the Lyric Theatre history as a new building was about to open in spring 2011 to develop professional drama in Northern Ireland bringing with it a new range of opportunities, including increased possibilities in respect of the artistic programme, ancillary services and new revenue streams. Developing the business plan incorporated assessing potential models for funding streams to ensure that the theatre continued to provide a high quality service to the arts.

Scoping Creative Growth Opportunities for Hackney Wick and Fish Island

Client: London Thames Gateway Development Corporation

Providing strategic development consultancy, guidance and recommendations on the growth potential of Hackney Wick and Fish Island's creative industries, building on the area's existing creative sector. This included understanding the role of the sector in place-shaping and the economy, identifying the main opportunities to accelerate the expansion of the sector, and developing its value-adding potential in the run-up to the Olympics and beyond.