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A New Toolkit for Creative Cities Across the U.K.

How U.K. Cities and Regions can nurture their Creative Industries

Callum Lee

Managing 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  | BOP Consulting

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This morning we were at the launch of the Creative Industries Toolkit in Birmingham. 

Produced by BOP, in collaboration with the Creative Industries Council, the Knowledge Transfer Network, and Creative England, this report provides new guidance for how U.K. cities and regions can nurture their own creative industries.

While London dominates global consciousness of the UK’s Creative Industries, there is significant creative and cultural activity happening across every corner of the U.K. - from Bristol’s multi-arts innovation complex Watershed to Leamington Spa’s growing gaming sector.

As the report shows, this activity carries serious economic weight for cities and regions throughout the U.K:

  • Bringing over 800,000 international music tourists to the U.K., generating in £45 million in revenue in Brighton, £35 million in Newcastle, and £28 million in Coventry

  • ‘Screen tourism’ generating £140 million to local economies in the U.K., including Downton Abbey fans generating £2.7 million for the town of Bampton, and Harry Potter fans brings £4.3 million to Alnwick.

The Devolution Agenda gives the Mayors of Combined Authorities and leaders of other local authorities a new opportunity to renew and invest in these activities – based on the assets of their own communities rather than a mandate from national government.

To succeed, leaders will need to inspire their own authorities to move from a narrow view of culture to a broad, cross-cutting ‘place-based’ approach. This requires vision and leadership; time and effort being put into planning and real partnership working. This document highlights examples of success from across the UK to help make it happen.

The Creative Economy job infographics can be found here.

The full report can be downloaded below.

Creative cities uk

The Creative Industries toolkit highlights examples of how creative industries have created economic, social and cultural benefits in different regions, and identifies steps to ensure these benefits are fully realised across the UK.

Project Report

Creative Industries A Toolkit for Cities and Regions

Building on our contribution to the second edition of the report in 2018, BOP has led as the Data and Research partner on this report to help find out how policies can protect people working in the creative and cultural sectors.

UNESCO's Re|Shaping Policies for Creativity Report – Addressing culture as a global public good


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Leveraging the creative potential of Downtown Kingston through technology

Inter-American Development Bank - IDB

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Culture: The cornerstone of the UK’s high streets

Arts Council England

BOP’s updated Handbook for the Inter-American Development Bank sets out strategies for sustainability and urban resilience

Creative and Cultural Industries and Urban Revitalisation in the post-COVID era

Inter-American Development Bank - IDB

We investigated the potential impact of AI on the cultural and creative industries.

Opportunities and Challenges of AI for the Cultural and Creative Industries

European Commission

Published today: ‘Design for Good: 90 Years of the RSA Student Design Awards’, a new publication from the RSA, co-authored by BOP

A History of Bright Ideas: 90 Years of the RSA Student Design Awards

The Royal Society for Arts (RSA)

New skills research in the Gulf Co-operation Council States

An evidence-base for the growing Gulf festivals sector

British Council

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Conscientiousness, optimism, and curiosity

Museums Galleries Scotland

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Nanjing Creative Center

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Creativity in health settings


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Chengdu Media Group

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Economic impact of COVID-19 on the Cultural and Creative Industries


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Arts Council England

New handbook published for city leaders

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World Cities Culture Forum (WCCF)

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International working builds stronger heritage sector at home

National Lottery Heritage Fund

Our new report with Nesta published

Opportunities for China-UK Cooperation through Equity Crowdfunding


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Protect urban heritage to prevent growth in inequality

National Trust

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Reading is for life, not just for August

The Reading Agency

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Review of the Scottish Animation Sector

Creative Scotland

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Sharing Operations and Visitor Experience insight


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Callum Lee - Managing Director  | BOP Consulting

Callum Lee

Managing Director