On the 20th July 2016 it was a privilege to receive an honorary degree from Warwick University. It was great to see how much talent our region has to offer.
We are one of the youngest and most diverse regions in Europe which offers us limitless opportunities. We are the home to one of Europe’s largest digital and creative clusters with Greater Birmingham recognised as the most entrepreneurial city outside London with over 32,000 new startups registered in the past 2 years.
Our creative industries will contribute to further development over the next 20 only if we capitalise on our unique selling points. To do this we need bold leadership that is not afraid to try out new ideas and back entrepreneurship. The Mayor needs to support the creation of integrated partnerships across the Combined Authority area pulling in public, private and education sectors to put in place an ambitious strategy to fuel the Creative Ecosystem of the region. The Creative Economy has the capability to add billions to our GVA using the innovation strengths of this sector to drive new solutions, inspire new opportunities and deliver new efficiencies.
We need a mayor who will unashamedly champion the region, create a voice for the sector so we are part of the national dialogue around the creative economy, we want to be part of the international delegations and visits and have to position ourselves to become the come to region for inspiration, innovation and advice a trusted source and one of the world¹s most liveable cities by 2031.
Written for The People’s Plan.
In this video, produced by the LEP and Marketing Birmingham, I discuss the impact of the creative industries within the Greater Birmingham and Solihull area.
I will be speaking at this conference on Thursday 16 June at Birmingham City University. Register for free at eventbrite.
An essential conference for creative, cultural and digital organisations of any size, put on by Creative City Partnership, Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership with support from Birmingham City University.
- Discover new money and ideas to help your creative organisation grow
- Industry professionals discuss their challenges and tips for success
- Have your say about what’s important to you. What’s holding you back?
Opportunities – Attendees will have access to current funding initiatives and will have a chance to influence future plans for sector support & growth.
I was recently asked what I would like to see from a Metro-Mayor, you can read my reply on the Downtown in Business website, along with Rob Elkington and Gary Topp.
I spoke with Living Magazine about the joys of living in Birmingham. Read the full article here.
With the BBC entering one of the most challenging periods it has ever faced, the Creative Industries Federation is holding three events to investigate the role of the Corporation in the creative industries and what any change in its scale and scope might mean for British cultural life in the future.
We want to hear from the diversity of our membership – from orchestras to video gamers and dancers to movie-makers and recording labels.
The aim is to gather evidence that will form part of a submission to the Government’s Green Paper review. There will be round-table discussions in Manchester and Birmingham followed by an event with an expert panel, and discussion from the floor, in London, kindly hosted by King’s College London. Members will be given priority.
Manchester – Wednesday September 9, 12-2pm
Birmingham – Monday September 14, 12-2pm
London – Wednesday September 23, 2pm-4pm
For full details and to register, click here.
Title: Talent Transformation – How to recruit and retain the best talent
When: Wednesday 30 September – 5.30pm for 6pm start to 8.30pm
Where: Birmingham City University, Top Floor, Curzon Building, 15 Bartholomew Row, Birmingham, B5 5JU
Event Chair: Michelle Wright – Co-Owner, Gough Bailey Wright
Noel Dunne – Director, Creative Alliance
Kate Bruges – Co-Director of Talent J. Walter Thompson
Ollie Purdom – Director, Pitch Consultants
Joel Blake – Consultant, Mentoring and CSR Specialist
Anjna Raheja – Managing Director, Media Moguls
Jaspal Sohal – Head of Games and Digital, Creative England
Bringing together the creative industries community in Birmingham, across the public and private sector.
Here’s a great example of Birmingham as a fused cluster – http://www.ncub.co.uk/videos/fuse-video.html