This timely seminar focuses on next steps for the development of creative clusters across the UK, including their role in boosting local economies.
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, including 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.
Planned sessions examine key issues around the development of the talent pipeline to serve the needs of the clusters and regions - including how businesses, education providers, local and national government, and local enterprise partnerships can work together to attract and retain talent, and better identify skills gaps and what employers need.
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 environments that boost 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 role in driving innovation, engaging audiences and enabling businesses across the UK to compete globally.
Further sessions will discuss the role of clusters in and stimulating local growth and addressing regional imbalances - looking at 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 for developing a ‘place-based’ approach, including around leadership, regional differences, and investment disparities.