Those industries whose foundations are steeped in creativity are making a significant contribution to the social and economic regeneration of Belfast.
The creative industries are growing at more than twice the rate of the economy as a whole and given this growth potential in terms of revenue, jobs and impact on quality of life, they are fundamental to regional, local and economic development.
Belfast City Council is committed to the support and development of the creative industries and the impact they can have on Belfast both economically and socially. As a result, we have developed a creative industries plan to implement the priority action areas of Economy, Talent and Space, as identified in the Council?s Local Economic Development Plan, ?Staying Competitive?. The key themes of the creative industries plan are summarised as follows: Creative Economy ? projects under this theme concentrate on bespoke business development initiatives aimed at creating wealth for SMEs in the creative sector through product development, collaboration, research and export.
Creative Talent ? projects under this theme address the skill rquirements of existing businesses and also provide new entrants and start-up companies with the necessary skills to set up their own business or to gain employment. Creative Space ? this theme addresses the need for incubation space in the City for creative companies and provides space for companies to come together to network, share ideas and develop new partnerships.
The key benefit for Belfast from an expanding and developing creative industries sector is clearly an economic one. By playing a key role in the strategic support and development of Belfast-based creative industries, local companies, providing jobs and spreading new wealth around the City, will establish a stronger economic base for the entire City?s people.
Belfast?s greatest assets are its people, their skills and their imagination. By working to support and develop the creativity of our businesses and people, so the attractiveness and success of the City will be greatly enhanced.
?The creative industries are those industries that are based on individual creativity, skill and talent. They are also those that have the potential to create wealth and jobs through developing intellectual property?
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For further information on Belfast City Council?s
creative industries strategy, please contact:
Creative Industries Officer
Belfast City Council
Cecil Ward Building
4-10 Linenhall Street
Belfast BT2 8BP
Tel: 02890 270453
Added the 15 September 2008 in category Innovation UK Vol4-1