The event also saw the launch of a new Creative & Cultural Industries Prospectus, designed to further support the sector in Northamptonshire going forward.
Produced by Creative Northants and The University of Northampton with support from NEP, the prospectus will promote the county as a fantastic location for creative businesses and outline the opportunities that Northamptonshire offers this sector.
The Made in Northamptonshire pop-up-shop reflects the impressive work in one area of the sector, showcasing the work of over 40 different designer-makers and artisans working across the county.
Enhancing the high-street and independent retail offer in Northampton the shop will be filled with desirable and high-quality handmade gifts, products, design and craft, ideal for Christmas presents.
David Mackintosh, Leader of Northampton Borough Council said: “The creative sector makes a significant contribution to Northamptonshire, both in terms of the economy and cultural impact. I’m delighted to be opening the pop-up shop which will provide a unique offering to the Northampton high-street as well as launching the brand new Creative & Cultural Industries Prospectus.”
"A World-renowned Reputation"
Paul Southworth, Chairman of NEP, added: “With creative industries currently contributing £97million Gross Value Add (GVA) to the county’s economy, the sector has been identified as having potential for economic growth within Northamptonshire.
“This is a great county for innovation and enterprise and has a world-renowned reputation for high-quality craftsmanship in areas such as leather and shoe-making. Nowadays, a much wider range of creative industries not only make a significant contribution to the local economy but also have the potential to create highly skilled jobs.
“Northamptonshire’s central location with strong transport links, high quality business accommodation and businesses support make this county an appealing base for many businesses while the skilled workforce, supportive university, dedicated creative sector support and a strong heritage in areas like footwear attract many businesses in the creative industries to this location.”
Nationally the creative industries have also been highlighted by government as an important growth area with the sector contributing £28 billion to the UK’s economy and employing 1.8 million people. Up to 2020 the sector is forecast to produce GVA growth of 31% and employment growth of 33%.
Made in Northamptonshire is a project run by Creative Northants and The University of Northampton, supported by NEP and Northampton Town Centre BID.
Stephen Chown from Northampton BID said: “Northampton Town Centre BID welcome the launch of the Creative and Cultural Industries prospectus as we are committed to the sector being at the heart of the regeneration of our town centre, breathing economic and community life back into the high street.”
The sector is continuing to grow in the country with Northamptonshire becoming an increasingly popular location for ambitious, creative businesses in areas such as advertising, architecture, craft, design, fashion, film, music, the performing arts and publishing, not to mention the heritage leather sector that the county is so well-known for.
A Range of Business Support Initiatives
NEP offers a range of initiatives that are particularly suited to businesses in the sector. Support includes the Soft Landing Scheme which enables growing businesses at the county’s Innovation Centres to benefit from a rent free period during their early stages, a fund which provides grants of up to £1,000 to new businesses to cover set-up costs such as IT equipment, as well as all-important face to face business support and advice.
For the brand new 2013 Creative & Cultural Industries Prospectus, CLICK HERE
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