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22.8.2014 14:00

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, access
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.



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