Westminster Media Forum

Next steps for creative clusters across the UK - investment priorities, partnerships and supporting local growth

Morning, Tuesday, 19th February 2019

Central London

THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED



This timely seminar focuses on next steps for the development of creative clusters across the UK.


Delegates will assess progress and next steps for narrowing the gap between London, the South East and other regions and other key commitments in the Creative Industries Sector Deal, and as part of the Cultural Development Fund and the Creative Industries Clusters Programme, and also following Channel 4’s recent announcement that it will base its new national headquarters in Leeds.


They will assess investment priorities, and how they might need to evolve to support the sector UK-wide into the future, including outside cities.


The agenda examines key issues around the development of the talent pipeline to serve the needs of the clusters - and opportunities for collaborative working between businesses, the education sector and government to attract and retain talent, and better identify local skills gaps and employer demand.


Those attending will also consider priorities for supporting entrepreneurship in start-ups, SMEs and scale-ups - including around funding, investment and IP management - and discuss how to ensure that creative clusters provide conducive environments for business growth.


The agenda will bring out thinking on addressing the practical challenges for delivering creative clusters - looking at the relationship between the public and private sector, the role of anchor institutions, and the sharing of infrastructure, R&D and data. Delegates will also consider their potential impact on innovation, engaging audiences and enabling businesses across the UK to compete globally.


Further sessions will discuss the role of clusters in stimulating local socio-economic and cultural growth and addressing regional imbalances. We also expect discussion on how the sector might work with local areas to embed the creative industries in placemaking and local industrial strategies, as well as examine key challenges around developing a ‘place-based’ approach, including leadership, regional differences, and investment disparities.



Guests of Honour

Senior speaker confirmed from DCMS

Caroline Norbury

Chief Executive, Creative England

John McVay

Chief Executive Officer, Pact and Member, Creative Industries Council

Senior speaker confirmed from Channel 4

John Newbigin

Co - Chair, Regions & Clusters Working Group, Creative Industries Council and Chairman, Advisory Group for Arts and Creative Economy, British Council

Guests of Honour

Caroline Norbury

Chief Executive, Creative England

Senior speaker confirmed from DCMS

Keynote Speakers

John McVay

Chief Executive Officer, Pact and Member, Creative Industries Council

Senior speaker confirmed from Channel 4

John Newbigin

Co - Chair, Regions & Clusters Working Group, Creative Industries Council and Chairman, Advisory Group for Arts and Creative Economy, British Council

Speakers

Lola Paterson

Design Lecturer, West College Scotland

Sarah Windrum

Chief Executive Officer, The Emerald Group and Chair, Digital and Creative Business Group, CWLEP

Chris Murray

Director, Core Cities UK

Professor Jonathan Dovey

Director, Research & Enterprise for Arts and Creative Technologies, University of the West of England

Professor Eric Cross

Professor of Music and Culture, Newcastle University and Principal Investigator, Creative Fuse North East

Ron Jones

Executive Chairman, Tinopolis and Chair, Welsh Government Creative Industries Advisory Board

Kate Kennally

Chief Executive, Cornwall Council