Event: ‘Creating the city: can the UK export its creative model?’ – a Fifth Sector provocation
Is there a business model for UK creative economy? Or is there an emptiness at the heart of Tech City? Is the UK’s creative advantage real – or are we about to be overtaken by the design and manufacturing powerhouses of China and South East Asia?
In discussion with an exclusively invited audience drawn from all parts of the creative value chain, Iain Bennett of The Fifth Sector, Paul Owens of BOP Consulting and Jon Bains of Atmosphere will offer insights into the state of the UK creative economy, consider how policy makers have variously adopted and misappropriated messages about ‘creativity’ and examine whether in this industry, as in so many before it, the UK’s assumptions of global leadership reflect hubris rather than real economic value. The event marks the relocation of The Fifth Sector to London and follows on from January’s Creative Industries Knowledge Transfer Network seminar on business models for the creative industries.
Date: Tuesday 19th March 6.30pm till 8.30pm
The event will be held in 18 Hewett Street thanks to the support of creative agency Protein. 18 Hewett Street is a concept space in the heart of East London. Housed in a 3-storey warehouse, 18HS lives as a blank canvas for whatʼs good in all verticals of the creative world, playing host to a plethora of different exhibitions, gigs, forums, supper clubs and workshops.
For more information please visit: http://www.18hewettstreet.co.uk/
To book: please email Sara Sartorius on firstname.lastname@example.org
Spaces are limited and based on a first come first serve basis, if you have booked and can no longer attend please do email me to let me know as I will be holding a reserve list for those who would like to attend.
A bit about the speakers
Iain Bennett founded The Fifth Sector to apply disruptive business models from the digital and creative sector to the creation of products and services that address real social problems and generate real commercial returns. In its first eighteen months, The Fifth Sector has worked with organisations of all kinds from start-ups to government departments, on projects as varied as the development of a new mobile phone app for disabled users to implementation of multi-million pound broadband investments.
Iain was a film and TV agent from 1989 to 2000, co-founded his first digital business in Shoreditch in 2001, established Accelerator in Kingsland Road in 2003 and was Digital and Creative sector lead for Northwest Regional Development Agency from 2006 to 2011, where he was responsible for the development of MediaCityUK and the BBC’s relocation of five major departments and 2,500 jobs. He is a board member of Abandon Normal Devices, a regional festival of new film and digital art in the North West of England.
Paul co-founded BOP with Jo Burns in 1997 after working as an arts and regeneration consultant for a decade. He leads our work on the links between creative industries and local and regional economic development, with a particular focus on the role of innovation. Paul regularly provides high-level strategic and policy advice to public and government bodies.
Outside BOP, Paul sits on the board of Northern Film and Media, and is chair of The Video College, a training and production institution for young people based in north Kensington.
One of Shoreditch’s original ‘digerati’, Jon was founder/co-founder of Obsolete, Lateral, Lshift, The Cluster, Convulsion, Citizen Guild, To the Power of N, Unwatchable and is now a Partner at Atmosphere.
A seasoned & recognised digital industry visionary & leader, Jon’s strengths lie in unravelling the complexities of client objectives, consumer expectations to deliver exceptional initiatives. He has a proven track record in delivering successful & award winning digital experiences and more than a decade’s worth of international client management experience working with complex reporting structures.