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We understand the transformational power of culture and the creative industries. With a 25-year track record of working globally across sectors, we work with you to plan, design and deliver sustainable cultural projects, demonstrate their impact, and identify opportunities for you to evolve and grow. 

We see a world brimming with cultural and creative potential. We work with visionary leaders to realise that potential, and bring about meaningful change using our extensive research experience and data skills which underpin all our work, driven by an understanding of the transformational power of culture and the creative industries. 

We work around the world to build and support this new cultural and creative economy and we have created a set of tools that give leaders and decision makers an unparalleled understanding of their cultural and creative assets and how to make the most of them. 

We have worked in over 50 countries with clients from international agencies to national and regional government departments, to city Mayors and regeneration bodies, and individual cultural and creative businesses. 

We have a particular interest in cities and have pioneered innovative approaches to understanding and nurturing creative eco-systems in cities around the world using wide ranging research and data to guide our thinking. Our work convening and managing the World Cities Culture Forum on behalf of the Mayor of London brings together leaders from 40 global cities to advocate for the central importance of culture to city development. 

 

Culture and creativity weave a golden thread through all sectors of the economy and areas of public policy and as such should be treated with the same seriousness and transformative ambition as other sectors. They are a growing source of wealth and a powerful catalyst for innovation, social development and environmental awareness.

About Us

BOP Consulting

A global research and consulting practice for culture and the creative economy

Meet the team

At BOP we see a world brimming with cultural and creative potential and we work with visionary leaders to realise that potential, and bring about meaningful change using our extensive research experience and data skills which underpin all our work. Whatever the question, there is always someone on our team with the right knowledge and expertise eager to hear more.

Paul is a leading international advisor and practitioner in cultural policy and creative economy. He is Co-Founder of BOP, and alongside his fellow directors he has pioneered now well-established methods to measure the impact of cultural policy. 

Paul Owens

Co-Founder and Director

Callum leads the BOP team, its portfolio and strategic partnerships. His cultural and creative industries expertise is founded on leading analytical research and policy formulation in the UK and internationally.

Callum Lee

Managing Director

Richard is a world leading expert in research methodologies for the culture and the creative industries, having been an early innovator in the development of frameworks for measuring the economic and social impacts of cultural activities.

Richard Naylor

Director, Research

Based in London, Kata manages operations and leads on culture development at BOP.

Kata Ovari

Operations Manager

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About BOP Consulting

Impact and transformation through culture and the creative economy

RE | SHAPING POLICIES FOR CREATIVITY – Addressing culture as a global public good; UNESCO Report

RE | SHAPING POLICIES FOR CREATIVITY – Addressing culture as a global public good

This report offers insightful new data that shed light on emerging trends at a global level, as well as putting forward policy recommendations to foster creative ecosystems that contribute to a sustainable world by 2030 and beyond.

UNESCO

Night-Time Economy Report Download

Creating a Healthy Night-Time Economy

Special Report for the International Forum on Cultural Placemaking and the Night-time Economy.

Nanjing Creative Center

Arts and Culture Capital, World Cities Culture Forum

World Cities Culture Report 2018

This is the most comprehensive report ever published about culture and the role it plays in shaping life in major cities worldwide. The report is based on extensive data and practice research to reveal how 35 major global cities are in the vanguard of policymaking.

World Cities Culture Forum (WCCF)

Arts Councils of England and Wales, Creative Scotland, Cultural Cities Enquiry

Cultural Cities Enquiry

Enriching UK cities through smart investment in culture.

The purpose of this report is to consider how we can radically increase the ability of our cities to use culture to drive inclusive growth.

Core Cities UK

Urban Revitalisation Creative and Cultural Industries

Creative and Cultural Industries in Urban Revitalisation – A practice handbook

The creative and cultural industries are a powerful catalyst for place-based renewal. They have the capacity to animate public spaces, to attract new customers, to encourage collaboration and to bring communities together.

Inter-American Development Bank - IDB

London Legacy Development & Arts and Culture Strategy for the Olympic Park

Arts and Culture Strategy for the Olympic Park

Our strategy has guided the transformation of the London 2012 Olympic Park into a new and dynamic quarter of the city.

London Legacy Development Corporation

Industry reports we've produced

We have a particular interest in cities and have pioneered innovative approaches to understanding and nurturing creative eco-systems in cities around the world using wide ranging research and data to guide our thinking. Browse some of our recent reports to get a flavour of our work.

As part of our social responsibility, BOP supports these organisations:

  • Accumulate  Helping young, homeless people in London to build their skills, develop their wellbeing and improve their lives through creativity

  • Achates Philanthropy Prize Seeking to widen and deepen private support for arts and culture

  • Full Fact  Checking facts and fighting bad information because we all deserve information we can trust 

  • Hope not Hate  Striving to expose and oppose extremism

  • Julie’s Bicycle Mobilising the arts and culture to take action on the climate emergency

  • The Equality Trust Working to improve the quality of life by dismantling structural inequalities

We also

  • Work with the Social Mobility Foundation to host two pupils through their Aspiring Professionals Programme every year 

  • support our team with a cultural allowance to enable them to enjoy their chosen cultural interests 

  • participate in a carbon offset programme to counterbalance the environmental impacts of our company activities.

Values and Responsibility

BOP consulting

Research, Data and Insight

We understand the transformative potential of the culture and creative industries (CCIs)

Our Services

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Evaluation and Impact Assessment

Helping you to demonstrate impact, test new ideas, learn and improve from experience

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Strategy and Policy Design

Helping you to achieve your cultural and creative potential through shared visions, strategic plans and new policies

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Cultural Master Planning

Helping you to realise new programmes, capital projects, urban renewal schemes, place shaping and capital development

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We are passionate about the power of the cultural and creative industries. Our expertise across four major areas provides the depth and breadth of experience to give any project a transformative impact.  

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