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BOP enables clients to achieve their cultural and creative potential by designing new strategic approaches and policies. Creating a shared vision lies at the heart of our approach so this is the keystone of any plan or strategy.

We work at all levels, from local creative organisations or clusters, to regeneration agencies, and Mayors, to regional and national governments. We work in many ways: through commissions and enquiries, stakeholder consultations, advice to ministers and mayors, comparative policy analysis, advice on legislation, exchange and knowledge platforms.

Our Approach

Our approach is always rooted firmly in evidence and an understanding of the dynamics of a particular place or organisation. For this we draw on our depth of knowledge and experience in research and evaluation. In many cases strategy and policy design follow on from work we have done to demonstrate the potential of culture and creativity to local stakeholders.

The next step in the process is to bring stakeholders together and to align them around a set of common objectives. This is an ongoing and iterative process.

Our mantra is ‘Ask not what others can do for culture, ask what culture can do for others.’ In other words, the best way to galvanise stakeholders and unlock investment is to embed culture and creativity into broader plans for sustainable growth and development.


This process of alignment is even more important in the post-COVID age, where climate action and social justice are now at the forefront of many planning and investment decisions.

Strategy and Policy Design

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

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How are major cities around the world responding to climate change through cultural policies and programmes?

The Green World Cities of Tomorrow: Culture and Sustainability

Paul Owens

Nov 4, 2021

This focused, coordinated set of measures can not only rescue the sector, but position it to lead the recovery

Central London’s celebrated cultural offer is in peril

Jonathan Todd

Sep 23, 2020

Three big questions as applications close for Arts Council England’s Cultural Recovery Fund

COVID-19: Government support packages for culture and creative industries #3

Paul Owens

Aug 21, 2020

The UK’s £1.57 billion recovery package: priorities for a New Deal

COVID-19: Government support packages for culture and creative industries #2

Paul Owens

Jul 30, 2020

Cities are using their unique capabilities to lead recovery and renewal

COVID-19: Cities, Culture and the 3 ‘P’s: powers, partnerships, place

Paul Owens

Jul 20, 2020

Investing in recovery, planning for transformation

COVID-19: Government support packages for culture and creative industries #1

Paul Owens

Jul 7, 2020

Recovery and renewal will depend on how we address the three dimensions of the crisis

COVID-19 is a triple blow to culture and the creative industries

Paul Owens

Jun 30, 2020

In the face of radical uncertainty leaders and policy-makers will have to take planning and collaboration to whole a new level

‘Plans are useless, planning is essential’

Paul Owens

Jun 3, 2020

Nobody knows what will happen next, but we have a good idea of the three necessary steps out of the crisis

Relief, Recovery and Renewal: navigating our way to a new kind of future

Paul Owens

May 13, 2020

A cause for optimism

Weaving the Golden Thread into the 2020s

Paul Owens

Dec 20, 2019

Revitalising Chengdu’s cultural heritage

From pioneering city to world city

Sep 19, 2019

Our work helps unlock large LEP investment in culture

Transforming Birmingham’s Symphony Hall

Jonathan Todd

Aug 1, 2019

Devolution energised by culture and creativity

Empowering English Cities

Jonathan Todd

Jul 5, 2019

New AHRC R&D programme with Chinese partners

Scoping opportunities in China's Creative Industries

Jan 8, 2019

Reflections on the Cultural Cities Enquiry

Unlocking culture’s contribution to local growth

Callum Lee

Nov 16, 2018

Headlines from the Beyond the Hype conference

Placing culture at the centre of growth

Jonathan Todd

Nov 15, 2018

Addressing inequalities within the Creative Industries

Creative Co-ops

Callum Lee

Nov 9, 2018

How UK theatre makers can charm China’s young audiences

China’s young theatre

Paul Owens

Oct 24, 2018

Headlines from Impacts 18

How cities can make the most of culture

Jonathan Todd

Oct 23, 2018

Moving the Mayor’s new creative industries initiative from paper to reality

Creative Enterprise Zones Conference

Paul Owens

Jun 4, 2018