Slides from Hello Business discussion

I thought it worth putting up the few slides I created for the session I was part of at the recent Hello Business event.

The discussion involved myself, Steve Harding from Birmingham City University (chairing), entrepreneur Michel Mol from Amsterdam and Jane Holmes from Advantage West Midlands (she does the inward investment stuff)

I’m not going to summarise the discussion which was wide-ranging and very useful other than to give some context to the diagrams in the later part of this presentation. They show the results of a workshop that I attended in Berlin earlier this year where representatives from a range of European cities mapped out the relationship between industry/trade bodies and creative and cultural policy-makers.

The last slide (from Berlin) seemed to have much clearer routes to enable industry to influence policy than any of the other cities. In Birmingham I’m not sure we have that and points were made about how some sectors (music for example) seem to lack a lobbying route to key City influencers.

One question from the audience asked about the role of culture in these structures and I related how in Birmingham, the fact Hello Digital is about the business end of digital rather than the culture end is testament to the fact that one lobby was more successful in making its case to policy-makers than another.

Paper on Advantage West Midlands’ Digital Media Cluster

awmDuring the summer the Business Cluster Opportunity Group that represents the Digital Media industry in the West Midlands asked me to produce a kind of positioning paper whilst the discussions were ongoing about the formation of Local Economic Partnerships (LEP).

The group was formed in 2003 so the paper is kind of saying: ‘don’t dump that knowledge, it might be useful’. It’s probably not a group that too many people have a wider awareness of but it actually did a lot of the strategic positioning work around placing ‘digital’ as a key focus in the region’s economic strategy.

It’s had a wide distribution via email to the various business/public sector bods who were doing the LEP lobbying but I suspect it’ll never get formally published anywhere so I thought I’d dump it on here.

An excerpt from the executive summary:
“In the current climate where business support policy is being reshaped and support mechanisms rethought, this paper strongly makes the case for those groups forming new partnerships to draw on the existing expertise of the West Midlands Digital Media Cluster Opportunity Group”

Digital Media Sector Cluster Paper 2010 Final

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