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27 APRIL 2013

A Manifesto for the UK Creative Economy

"The UK's creative economy is one of its great national strengths, historically deeply rooted and accounting for around one–tenth of the whole economy. It provides jobs for 2.5 million people – more than in financial services, advanced manufacturing or construction – and in recent years, this creative workforce has grown four times faster than the workforce as a whole.

But behind this success lies much disruption and business uncertainty, associated with digital technologies. Previously profitable business models have been swept away, young companies from outside the UK have dominated new internet markets, and some UK creative businesses have struggled to compete.

UK policymakers too have failed to keep pace with developments in North America and parts of Asia. But it is not too late to refresh tired policies. This manifesto sets out our 10–point plan to bolster one of the UK's fastest growing sectors."

(Hasan Bakhshi, Ian Hargreaves and Juan Mateos–Garcia, April 2013, NESTA)

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2013 • advanced manufacturing • Asiabusiness models • business uncertainty • constructioncreative businessescreative economycreative industriescreative services innovation • creative workforce • digital technologiesdisruptive innovationeconomic growthentrepreneurshipfinancial services • Hasan Bakhshi • hi-tech start-up • Ian Hargreaves • innovation in the UKjobs • Juan Mateos-Garcia • knowledge-based economymanifestomentoringmentoring schemeNESTA • new business • new internet markets • North Americaopen innovationpolicy makerspublic services • Rachel Grant • social innovationtechnology innovationUKUK innovationventure capitalworkforce • young companies

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Simon Perkins
16 FEBRUARY 2011

The UK Creative Industries Knowledge Transfer Network

"The Creative Industries KTN is part of the Technology Strategy Board's family of Knowledge Transfer Networks. The consortium that created Creative Industries KTN is led by the University of the Arts London and includes the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), Imperial College London and TIGA, the trade association for games developers. This partnership's wealth of expertise and experience makes it uniquely suitable to work with the UK's creative businesses."

(UK Technology Strategy Board)

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applied researchcreative businessescreative economycreative industriesCreative Industries Knowledge Transfer Networkdeveloperdigital culturediscoverygamesImperial College Londoninnovation • Jeremy Davenport • Jess Sully • John Cass • Kelechi Amadi • Knowledge Transfer Network • Knowledge Transfer Networks • knowledge-based economyKTN • Mariano Robles • organisations • RIBA • Royal Institute of British ArchitectstechnologyTechnology Strategy Board • TIGA • trade association for games developers • UKUniversity of the Arts London (UAL)

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Simon Perkins
29 MAY 2009

KiosKiosK: free retail space for new creative businesses

"Designers Wayne and Gerardine Hemingway MBE have today called for budding creative entrepreneurs to come forward to sell their products from 'KiosKiosK' – an innovative 'pop up shop' that will provide free temporary retail space for start–up businesses in central London this summer.

The first KiosKiosK – designed by the Hemingways and supported by the Mayor of London and the London Sustainable Development Commission's London Leaders programme – will be housed for two months (July to September 2009) outside London's iconic City Hall. It will offer rent–free space for people with creative products to sell such as ceramics, artworks, creative gifts and fashion, helping new businesses with great ideas to get a stepup on the ladder to success.

It is hoped that low cost 'pop up' shops of this kind will provide a template for London and towns and cities across the UK by offering a helping hand for businesses that may be priced out of high cost, high street and prime retail locations. This will also help to support smaller, independent shops increasing consumer choices.

The Hemingways started the famous Red or Dead brand from low cost 'easy in, easy out' starter units at Camden and Kensington Markets and Affleck's Palace in Manchester, but believe it has now become increasingly difficult for start up creative businesses to find affordable retail space."

(KiosKiosK press release, 27 May 2009, UK)

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2009 • affordable retail space • consumer choicecreative businessescreative entrepreneurs • creative gifts • creative products • easy in easy out • Gerardine Hemingway • great ideas • helping new businesses • independent shopskiosk • KiosKiosK • little-bitty store • London Sustainable Development Commission • pop-up shop • prime locations • Red or Dead • rent-free • retail spacesmall businessesstart-up business • temporary retail space • the high street • UK • Wayne Hemingway

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Simon Perkins
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