The UK has, of course, a rich cultural heritage and a strong latent capability. The creative and cultural sector contributes some 6% of the national GDP making it second only to the financial sector, as the UK’s biggest industry. In fact, according to recent reports from the European Commission as well as the CBI, the Creative Industries are one of the fastest-growing sectors in the UK, outstripping some of the traditional sources of export income.
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To understand more of what can be made of the interplay of artistry and industry, I recently spent time at The University of London’s Centre for Creative Collaboration near King’s Cross, run by my friend and former colleague Dr Brian Condon. Brian explained not only how C4CC (www.creativecollaboration.org.uk) had incubated 16 start-up companies, but also shared some thinking on how to use the ‘social web’ and creative processes in the development of new business ideas.
Influential British designer and Apple’s Senior Vice President of Industrial Design – Sir Jonathan Ive. Image credit: TheDonutProject