Creative Economy Showcase held by AHRC
- Published: Thursday, 13 March 2014 15:18
- Written by National Centre for Universities and Business
The Arts & Humanties Research Council hosted the Creative Economy showcase
photo credit: @caracourage
The event highlighted the link between research and the growing creative economy. NCUB CEO David Docherty chaired a plenary session while the Brighton Fuse project, developed by NCUB and the AHRC, was praised by Minister for Universities and Science David Willets.
Leadership Council member Professor Rick Rylance, CEO of the AHRC, opened the event by emphasising the strength of the UK creative economy at up to 9% of GDP but that challenges remain in connecting small business to research and the creative economy.
The conference then heard from David Willets who praised the Brighton Fuse project. The project worked to develop a new type of business known as 'superfused', combining creative, digital and business skills to achieve growth figures almost three times as fast as other businesses and ten times that of the British economy overall, as evidenced in the Brighton Fuse report. The Brighton Fuse team themselves also made a presentation to the showcase, pictured above, including highlighting the role of universities in the process.
The debate chaired by David Docherty discussed issues such as how to encourage scholars to take part in collaboration activities, how to effectively fund small knowledge exchange projects and fundamentally how to translate creative ideas into commerical prospects.
Find out more about the showcase with a selection of the best tweets from the day below or on the AHRC website.