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01/06/2018 - Buld a Creative Cluster?

Creative Clusters are now at the the heart of new funding for the Creative Industries in the UK. As was pointed out in the previous blog on opportunities for investors, there will be more money at seed level i.e. up to £50,000 for new creative projects in the coming three years. However, the vast majority of these funds will be focused on existing creative clusters as defined by NESTA research and the AHRC Creative Clusters Programme.

Therefore, the vast majority of the UK is not seen to have a creative cluster by current definitions.

This begs the questions what happens if you are not in a recognised cluster, and how will freelancers and micro-companies (over 90% of the Creative Industries) benefit from a programme, which largely excludes them by definition. This latter point stems from the lack of information in government statistics on creative freelancers and micr0-companies. 

The answer lies in a three tier approach for creatives, universities, local authorities and LEPs working up their own Creative Cluster.

Reda more at this BCre8ive blog  http://blog.bcre8ive.eu/do-you-need-to-build-your-own-creative-cluster/