Newly announced Creative Industries Clusters in Bristol, Leeds, London, York, Cardiff, Belfast, Dundee and Edinburgh will bring together creative hubs with researchers and businesses to boost their world-leading status. The aim of the programme is to create jobs and drive the creation of companies, products and experiences that can be marketed around the world.
Led by the Arts and Humanities Research Council within UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), the £80 million programme comprises nine creative clusters across the UK and a new Policy and Evidence Centre, led by Nesta in partnership with 13 universities. They bring together a range of educational and commercial partners to tackle unique R&D challenges identified by a specific area of industry in what is a first-of-its kind research and development investment.
Each of the nine clusters emerged from an open, rigorous and peer-reviewed selection process that began a year ago. Pact Chief Executive John McVay was on the advisory board which assessed the bids and commented: “It was really tough selecting between bids, which reflects the deep well of creative and research talent we have across the UK and of which we should be rightly proud. It’s a fantastic opportunity for the successful cities and we’re delighted that a number of indies are amongst the creative businesses who will be participating in this innovative new programme which will help to ensure the UK continues to be a global leader in the sector.”