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1 Growing the Creative Economy Prague: Dec 2011

2 Why The UK approach British Council work in this area

3 Why economic potential: cf KEA report 2006, EU Green paper 2010, UNCTAD Creative Economy Report 2010 social, environmental and cultural impact jobs / attracting and retaining talent / reviving ‘empty’ districts & buildings / improving quality of life

4 The UK’s approach public agencies: Arts Council, NESTA, Technology Strategy Board, the BFI, Creative England,Arts CouncilNESTATechnology Strategy Board BFICreative England “Access to Finance support, tax credits, VCTs, EIS and a plethora of schemes, services and agencies that mitigate the terrifying risks of being creative in a commercial space….. public money helps create an environment where we are more relaxed about dreaming, experimenting, risking, failing and therefore succeeding to a level only exceeded in the US.” Tom Harvey, Chief Executive of Northern Film & Media Investments: London Design Fair, Tate Modern, Ingenious Media etc

5 What can policy makers do? The main role for public policy is to establish a framework for developing broad strategy. This requires data; analysis of strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats; consultation; and political courage. It also requires a bold but realistic vision of what might be achieved. Martin Smith – Prague, May 2011

6 Some examples of policy ‘interventions’ Nextgen : a skills review of the computer games and special effects industries, commissioned by UK government Creative Industries Roundtable: (April 2007), in partnership with two government departments, bringing together investors, producers and creative entrepreneurs to debate policy issues – especially the issue of access to finance. Creative Industries’ Council: comprises about 30 people and covers the whole of the creative sector from film to crafts, advertising, design, fashion, TV, publishing and music.

7 The British Council’s Approach Sharing ideas and experience International Young Creative Entrepreneurs Mapping Toolkit Future City Jobs Support for local conferences and events

8 Creating opportunity for people worldwide


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