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25 Years of BOP Consulting

To mark our anniversary we’ve taken the opportunity to look back on a quarter of a century of projects and to reflect on how policy towards the culture and the creative industries has grown and evolved. The result is a short history, complete with illustrated timeline, of how the sector has grown in size and prominence, and the role that BOP has played in shaping research, policy and investment.


From local authority plans and regeneration projects through to national strategies and trans-national forums, culture has become increasingly embedded in how nations and cities look to grow their economies and build flourishing societies. As we prepare to face the climate emergency and other great challenges of our age, the experience and insights from 25 years will be needed more than ever to demonstrate the importance of culture and connect it to broader agendas.


Read BOP at 25: the Next Chapter here. Over the course of the year we will continue to mark this important milestone with a series on meeting the challenges of the future.

BOP at 25: Meeting the Great Challenges of the Future

Celebrating 25 years, BOP reflects on its impact in shaping cultural policy and highlights the evolving role of culture in addressing contemporary challenges.

Jan 24, 2023

Feb 16, 2024

Rachel Kuhn and David Hingley discuss three key takeaways from recent high-profile closures.

Why are City-Centre Attractions Closing?

David Hingley BEM

Feb 15, 2024

Our team clears up a common misconception.

What is the Difference Between a Feasibility and Viability Study?

Rachel Kuhn

Jan 29, 2024

We at BOP are shocked and saddened to hear of the sudden death of Tim Joss in an accident last week.

Tribute to Aesop Founder and CEO, Tim Joss

Richard Naylor

Jan 23, 2024

Associate Director, Rachel Kuhn reports on Museum Connections Paris.

AI and Visitor Experience at Museum Connections

Rachel Kuhn

Jan 10, 2024

2023 was marked by our fastest-ever expansion. Our team reflects on this landmark year, highlighting key milestones and projects.

BOP’s 2023 in Review

Rebecca Davison-Mora

Dec 13, 2023

Our team shares how the framework behind BOP500 can power sustainable development in cities around the world.

Cultural Capability: Rethinking Culture for the 21st Century

Paul Owens

Dec 1, 2023

Senior Consultant Martha Pym travels to Casablanca to share how strengthening place and authenticity can ensure citizens have a place alongside tourism.

Africa Place Marketing Conference: Citizen Participation for Sustainable and Inclusive Territorial Marketing

Martha Pym

Nov 22, 2023

Co-founder Paul Owens joined by regional panel to discuss the Gulf’s rapidly growing sector and exciting possibilities for international collaboration.

BEYOND Conference, Ambition and Transformation: Emerging Creative R&D Practice in the Gulf

Callum Lee

Nov 14, 2023

BOP Consulting acted as the secretariat for the Creative Industries Council working group, offering pro-bono administration, communications and policy support.

Creative Industries Council Endorse Creative Climate Charter

Rebecca Davison-Mora

Oct 23, 2023

Co-founder Paul Owens and Consultant Genevieve Marciniak represented BOP Consulting at the World Conference on Cultural Cities in Chengdu, China.

World Conference on Cultural Cities, City Ideas

Genevieve Marciniak

Sep 12, 2023

Chief Economist, Jonathan Todd, travelled to V&A Dundee to present the findings of our five-year Impact Study with 'tialt' to museum staff and stakeholders.

V&A Dundee Impact Study Featured in the Scotsman, The Herald & Scottish Field

Teodora Lazar

Jul 20, 2023

Co-Founder Paul and Senior Associate David travelled to Qingdao for Beijing design week 2023 and the city of Qingdao’s transforming cities through design.

Beijing Design Week and the city of Qingdao’s Urban Regeneration Global Trends Forum

Rebecca Davison-Mora

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Paul Owens 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. 

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