Supporting the creative economy in Europe’s northern periphery
The Creative Edge project released a policy toolkit.
The Creative Edge project has aimed for active participation of local
creative organisations and businesses in global markets, while also
aiding them in attracting and utilising local emerging creative talent
in these markets.
Its activities aimed to enable further commercialisation and support
sustainable development of the creative economy. Over the lifetime of
the project, Creative Edge has put in place measures to promote creative
industries in peripheral regions. It addresses three pillars of the creative economy: people, production and place.
Supports for creative talents have been aimed at increasing
employability of young creative talents through skills development,
to capital supports and network development, though initiatives like mentoring, a talent voucher scheme and the MyCreativeEdge website.
The production pillar has focused on assisting creative businesses to
network and access international markets. The website is also intrinsic
to the production pillar.
The Creative Edge project has designed a practical toolkit to inform policy development for the creative and cultural industries.
This toolkit is a guide to what can be done to better support the
creative industries and to enable the creative sector to flourish in
peripheral areas across Europe.
Helping to address a significant gap, this document will help
policy-makers recognise this unique industry and help it achieve its
growth potential in the future. The Toolkit is of value to those with an
interest in regional development with recommendations that apply well
beyond the creative and cultural industries.
The Creative Edge project is funded by the Northern Periphery
Programme 2007-2013 (NPP), part of the European Commission’s Territorial
Cooperation Objective. Two priorities of the NPP are promoting
innovation and competitiveness in remote and peripheral areas, and the
sustainable development of natural and community resources.