Useful Links

A list of external links related to the creative economy in the UK, such as Higher Education departments, Network, Skills and Advice services, Cultural and Creative Enterprises, Intermediary Agencies and Consultancy companies working in the sector.

National Bodies


The Creative Coalition Campaign

The CCC brings together business and unions to ensure that jobs are protected, to enable creative industries to flourish in the future, and to allow new and innovative legal online services to launch and compete in a fair market place. Its membership includes 30 leading organisations in the film, music, publishing, games, and sport sectors, as well as trade bodies and trade unions.


Confederation of British Industry (CBI)

CBI is a lobbying organisation for UK business, including a recently launched creative industries campaign, including a report 'Creating Growth: A Blueprint for the Creative Industries'.


Creative and Cultural Skills

CC Skills is the sector skills council for craft, cultural heritage, design, literature, music, performing and visual arts, including a number of useful industry reports and advice for careers in these sectors.


Creative England

The network of regional screen agencies was established by the UK Film Council in 2002 to deliver film culture and nurture talent across the country. Since then, the independent screen agencies have grown and diversified to work across the full range of creative media industries, in many cases attracting significant funding from other sources for a range of projects. Their activity has supported both the ‘screen-related’ sector of film and television, as well as the wider creative industries such as games, digital, new media, design and fashion.


Department of Culture Media and Sport (DCMS)

For further information concerning the creative Industries in the UK.
Recent statistics on the impact of the creative industries in the UK -  
Staying Ahead: the economic performance of the UK’s creative industries 2007 report by the Work Foundation, commissioned the DCMS as an economic analysis of the creative economy in the UK.

The 2008 government strategy paper for the creative economy - 'Creative Britain: New Talents for a New Economy' - is also available on the DCMS website.


National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA)

NESTA is an independent body with a mission to make the UK more innovative, including a number of useful reports and initiatives which work to understand why, and to find ways of helping creative businesses unleash their full innovative potential.



Skillset is the Sector Skills Council for Creative Media which comprises TV, film, radio, interactive media, animation, computer games, facilities, photo imaging, publishing, advertising and fashion and textiles, including a number of useful industry reports and advice for careers in these sectors.


Think London

10 key facts about London’s creative industries


The National Crafts Council

The Craft Council has published a series of briefing notes in 2011 examining the impact of contemporary craft practice in a range of contexts. The most recent ones explore the contribution of craft to rural economies and the relation between craft and digital technology.

Networks, Skills and Advice Services

CIDA (The Creativity and Innovation Company)
CIDA exists to help creative people change the world.  CIDA does this by giving them the knowledge, skills, confidence and opportunities to change the way people think.  Together, CIDA enables governments, communities, businesses and individuals to do things differently.  CIDA places creativity at the heart of all our futures.

Creative Choices
Creative Choices is dedicated to helping you develop your career in the creative and cultural industries. They can provide information, advice and resources to help creatives build skills, find new opportunities, or get a better idea about a particular job or career path.


Experience UK

Experience UK is the business resource for UK companies in the ‘experience’ industry, including creative companies and cultural institutions, offering products and services to cultural, entertainment and leisure venues internationally. Illustrative case studies of those companies and the expertise they supply is available in the Experience UK brochure downloadable from the site. UK businesses are invited to register their expertise and so make their offer visible to venue developers around the globe.


Fuel RCA
FuelRCA is the Royal College of Art's professional development service, aimed at giving current RCA students and recent graduates the resources to progress their creative careers. They provide artists, designers, researchers and communicators - particularly at the early stages in their careers - with practical information and creative business skills, alongside insights into the experiences of established alumni and other members of the RCA community. Fuel themes include confidence, job-seeking and career development, freelancing, starting and running a creative venture, presentation skills, promotion, copyright and patents, finance, teamwork, negotiating, time management, work-life balance and the changing role of artists, designers, researchers and communicators in society.


Kaos Pilots
The KaosPilots is a self-governing institution comprised of two parts: the school and a consultancy.  The purpose of the KaosPilots is 'positive social change through personal growth'. The consultancy offers the same capabilities that are offered to the students to companies, NGO’s and public organizations, but adapted to suit their specific need. The program is a three-year long education where the focus lies upon learning by doing through client assignments, from entrepreneurs, consultants, leaders and thought leaders.

Mission Models Money
Mission Models Money is a passionate network of thinkers and doers whose vision is to transform the way the arts use their resources to support the creation and experience of great art.


New Deal of the Mind
New Deal of the Mind has the support of leading figures in the arts, entrepreneurs, politicians from across the political spectrum and policy makers. All of us recognise the urgency of protecting, nurturing and investing in the arts if we are to prevent a generation of creative talent being lost to the recession.


T-Shirts and Suits Creative Enterprise Network

T-Shirts and Suits Creative Enterprise Network is a free international network for creative entrepreneurs. It offers an approach that brings together both creative passion and business best practice. Creative Industries Adviser & Consultant, David Parrish has written a free e-book, especially for people in the creative and cultural industries, called T-Shirts and Suits: A Guide to the Business of Creativity, which examines how successful creative businesses and cultural enterprises have used business methods appropriately and imaginatively to help them achieve their objectives.


The Hub
The Hub is a social enterprise with the ambition to inspire and support imaginative and enterprising initiatives for a better world. The Hub is a global community of people from every profession, background and culture working at 'new frontiers' to tackle the world's most pressing social, cultural and environmental challenges.


The Hubble
The Hubble is a new stage for conversations about innovation. Started by a group of 12 members and friends of The Hub Community, this collaborative blog creates an open stage on which to build relationships and develop ideas.


Think Tanks + Consultancies

BOP consulting 

BOP Consulting is an independent research and strategy consultancy. We work with government and business to understand the economic and social impacts of culture, media and creativity and to maximise their potential.


Demos is a think-tank focused on power and politics. Our unique approach challenges the traditional, 'ivory tower' model of policymaking by giving a voice to people and communities. We work together with the groups and individuals who are the focus of our research, including them in citizens’ juries, deliberative workshops, focus groups and ethnographic research.

Tom Fleming Consultancy         

Company's practice is based on: High profile creative, culture and knowledge economy strategy and commentary; Creative economy and cultural sector knowledge resource; Creative business accelerator services; Creative economy and cultural; Creative diversity consultancy; International creativity and cultural commentary.

Other Initiatives

The Business Bootcamp

The Creative Economy

The concept was coined by John Howkins in his book "The Creative Economy" (2001). The website is a platform to share ideas, publications and case studies in the area.


Eidos Interactive Ltd. is a label of Square Enix Europe. It was originally a video game publisher before it was acquired by Square Enix. As an independent company Eidos plc was headquartered in the Wimbledon Bridge House in Wimbledon, London.

Its best-known game series include Tomb Raider, Hitman, Commandos, Deus Ex, Legacy of Kain, Thief, Timesplitters, and Fear Effect. The company maintains offices all around the world, including the United States, Canada, Germany, France, Australia and Japan.

Hospital Club

The Hospital Club is unique because it's the only club designed especifically for the creative industries. We are set up to support and entertain people who make things happen and the people that help make those things happen. As part of London's creative community, our role is to discover and feed the best creative talent, and produce, publish and celebrate their work.

Salford Media City

MediaCityUK, the new home for the BBC, ITV, Coronation Street, SIS and the University of Salford. Located at Salford Quays on the banks of Manchester's historic ship canal, Peel Media's bespoke community also features one of the biggest HD studio developments in Europe; 400 apartments; a Holiday Inn and a new tram stop in the heart of the main piazza. MediaCityUK has been designed around the specific needs of the media and creative industries.

South West Screen

The South West is home to a multitude of creative businesses at the cutting edge of their fields, from website designers and gaming developers to animators and post-production houses. These kind of ‘knowledge-intensive’ companies are widely seen as those most likely to pull the UK out of the difficult economic conditions we currently face, so they are vital to the economy of the region, and the economy of the UK as a whole.



Sync is a set of activities designed to support cultural organisations in Scotland develop a more progressive relationship with technology and technologists. It has three central elements: the annual Culture Hack Scotland event, a Geeks-in-Residence programme and the Sync Tank magazine. It is part of Creative Scotland’s Cultural Economy programme for 2012-14, alongside Ambition Scotland and the Nesta R&D programme.

Tech Hub

TechHub is the physical hub for the technology start-up community. It's launching first in London in the Shoreditch/Old St area and will consist of desk spaces, co-working space, meeting rooms and an event space.


Watershed is a cross-artform producer, sharing, developing and showcasing exemplary cultural ideas and talent. Curating ideas, spaces and talent, Watershed enables artistic visions and creative collaborations to flourish. Watershed is rooted in Bristol but places no boundaries on its imagination or desire to connect with artists and audiences in the wider world. Set in an unparalleled location on the historic harbourside of Bristol, one of the most culturally innovative and progressive cities in Europe Watershed delivers a diverse, cultural programme of films, events, festivals, artist commissions, tours and conferences.

Cultural Leadership

Ashridge Leadership Centre

The Ashridge Leadership Centre (ALC) is a self-funded research unit serving as a catalyst and showcase for creative thinking, dialogue, research and writing about leadership – particularly the types and models of leadership needed in these times of substantial complexity, uncertainty and change. 

Clore Leadership Programme

The Clore Leadership Programme is an initiative of the Clore Duffield Foundation which aims to strengthen leadership across a wide range of cultural activities. 

Cultural Leadership Programme

The Cultural Leadership Programme promoted excellence in leadership across the creative and cultural industries by supporting an ambitious range of activities, opportunities and resources.

Cultural Policy

London Cultural Strategy Group   

The London Cultural Strategy Group (LCSG) is a high-level advocacy group from the cultural sector who are appointed by the Mayor of London as part of the GLA Act 1999. It's primary role is to develop the Mayor’s Culture Strategy - maintaining and promoting London as a world-class city of culture.  

UK Cultural Policy and Management Network       

Research network initially formed by members of City University and Goldsmiths interested in creating a stronger unit to study and understand the creative industries.


Hargreaves Review of Intellectual Property and Growth

Hargreaves Review of Intellectual Property and Growth – Last year (2010), the Prime Minister announced an independent review of how the Intellectual Property framework supports growth and innovation. Chaired by Professor Ian Hargreaves the review reported to Government in May 2011. The Review makes 10 recommendations designed to ensure that the UK has an IP framework best suited to supporting innovation and promoting economic growth in the digital age.

Higher Education

Central Saint Martins, Innovation and Business

Central Saint Martins Innovation harnesses the creativity of our staff and students to accelerate the development of ideas, research and businesses as well as offering training and venue hire.

City University, Department of Creative Practice & Enterprise

Mission: support and develop innovative creative practice across offered courses, but also to engage with the frameworks, policies and creative industries with which this practice intersects. The work is organised through three centres:

• The Centre for Music Studies

• The Centre For Cultural Policy & Management

• The Centre for Creative Writing, Translation and Publishing"

Goldsmiths College London, Institute for Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship (ICCE)

ICCE delivers enterprise, cultural management and policy education to the creative and cultural sectors, and supports research in to new approaches to business, financial models and management in the Creative Economy.

King’s College London, Department of Culture, Media and Creative Industries (CMCI)

CMCI is home to groundbreaking and innovative research that cuts across the disciplines of sociology, social psychology, geography, film studies, media studies, management, music and museum studies.

Kingston University London, Creative Economy Programme

Kingston University's unique new programme of postgraduate courses will inspire you to maximise your true potential across many areas of the Creative Economy.

Leeds University, Media Industries Research Centre

The mission of the Centre is to act as an international, national and local forum for high-quality research into media and cultural production, in order to shape academic research and to act as a resource for user groups. The research developed in the centre involves the study of media and cultural production, of media and cultural policy, and of the economic and social conditions informing these processes.

Leeds University, The School of Performance & Cultural Industries

The School of Performance and Cultural Industries offers a unique combination of inter-related disciplines within a research-intensive university environment.  Our high quality research-led teaching engages students at the cutting edge of knowledge as it is developed.

The School is concerned not only with performance itself but also with the role that performance plays in the wider cultural and creative life of society.

London Metropolitan University, Cities Institute

The Cities Institute at London Metropolitan University draws together specialists from planning, transport, architecture and the social sciences to undertake innovative and responsive research and consultancy activity. The Institute undertakes projects that analyse urban socio-economic trends and cultural diversity, and monitor the impact of infrastructural developments and architectural interventions at neighbourhood, local authority and regional levels.

University of Kent, Creative and Cultural Industries Research Unit

The research and activities undertaken within the research unit are mainly centred around three areas of investigation:

• The new frontiers of professional development in the management of cultural organisations and institutions and the new modes of engagement that might enhance their role in our society;

• The role of creative and cultural industries in local development, from cultural, social and economic perspective;

• The dynamics and impacts of cultural and creative policies in organisations, cities and regions, as well as nationally and internationally in relation both to cultural production and participation and engagement with culture and creativity

University of Teesside and Digital City

DigitalCity is creating the most vibrant digital hub in the UK – a successful and self-sustaining digital media, digital technology and creative supercluster based in the North East.

Warwick University, Centre for Cultural Policies Studies

The Centre for Cultural Policy Studies provides a focus for teaching and research in the fields of cultural management, cultural policy and the creative industries. The distinctive approach of the Centre is its engagement with both the practical realities of working in the cultural sector and with theoretical questions around the conditions of contemporary culture.