Activities → Competence

Posted on 11/11/19
The Worcester Arches Project Written by John Holmes

The Worcester Arches Project will reinvigorate Worcester and place it on the world stage by regenerating iconic railway viaducts into a modern, 21st century workplace for creative industries, and a cultural destination for tourists and local communities with a direct pedestrian link from Foregate St Station to the arches and down to the river beyond; creating stunning citywide festivals to attract audiences to the city through arts activity; and supporting the city’s existing festival infrastructure and wider creative industries...

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Posted on 11/07/19
UPstart project Written by John Holmes

British Council Creative Spark project What Creative Spark: Higher Education Enterprise Programme is a five-year initiative to help develop the creative economy and enterprise skills across seven countries in Central Asia, (Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan), South Caucasus (Azerbaijan, Armenia and Georgia) and Ukraine. The programme has been developed in response to an underdeveloped creative sector and a demand for entrepreneurship training in these countries. Creative industries have driven economic growth in the UK. We want to use this experience and...

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Posted on 05/10/18
Our work in Brazil Written by Catherine Rogers

In a few weeks’ time I will be travelling across the Atlantic Ocean to São Paulo, Brazil on a research and scoping visit representing Advantage Creative and Junction Arts as part of five selected organisations in receipt of the British Council's Developing Inclusive and Creative Economies (DICE) Collaboration Grants. The grants have been awarded to develop partnerships and deliver interventions to strengthen creative and social enterprises in 5 different countries : Egypt, South Africa, Indonesia, Pakistan and Brazil. The...

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Posted on 05/10/18
Maker Bootcamp Written by John Holmes

Maker Bootcamp - our start up incubator for young creatives – ran from October 2018 to April 2019 at the Wavemaker maker-space in Stoke-on-Trent. Maker Bootcamp was for young people (16-30) in the Stoke and Staffordshire area, to help give them the inspiration, practical help and support they need in getting into the creative industries. We put a special focus on helping young people set up as a creative freelancer or start their own business. All events were free to...

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Posted on 18/01/17
How do we grow our creative clusters? Written by John Holmes

I attended the Westminster Media Forum at The Lowry in Salford on Friday 13 January, and a big thank you must go to the event organisers for putting together such an informative and thought-provoking programme with a wide range of excellent speakers. Visitors to Media City cannot fail to be impressed, I am sure, by the very visible signs of the thriving creative economy there. The ambition and vision for the Northern Powerhouse was very adeptly described by Sir...

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Posted on 25/11/16
Innovate 2016 Written by John Holmes

I recently attended the Innovate 2016 conference and exhibition at Manchester Central. The event is organised by Innovate UK and the Department for International Trade in November each year to showcase the very best in UK innovation. It is the “must-do” event each year for UK innovators seeking partnerships, support and funding for R&D, growth and export, and those that have an interest in supporting them. Advantage Creative is constantly seeking out innovative businesses and new partnerships, and Innovate UK...

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Posted on 25/11/16
How do you create a great creative community? Written by John Holmes

ECBN Study Tour 2016 The European Creative Business Network (ECBN) is a not for profit foundation established in 2011 to promote the interests of the cultural creative industries in Europe. It helps creative entrepreneurs to do business and collaborate across Europe. The network has 26 members from 13 EU countries including leading agencies, hubs, centres and intermediaries for the cultural creative industries. Its activities include commissioning and publishing research papers relevant to the support and growth of cultural and creative industries...

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