Innovation Programme for UK's Creative Industries

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An exciting new programme that will accelerate technology related innovation among the UK’s creative industries has launched the first three of 14 projects that will tackle some of the big issues facing creative businesses and map out visions for success over the next five to seven years.

Cover page of Beacons for innovation report

Our work will look five to seven years in the future and each Beacon Project will produce a vision for that future that will help guide the strategy and direction of organisations.

An ambitious programme of 14 projects that will help the UK’s creative industries exploit new technology innovations and remain world leaders has been launched by the Creative Industries Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN).

Called Beacons for Innovation the programme will examine many of the key challenges and opportunities faced by the creative industries, including the future of digital content, how creative businesses can exploit data, business and investment challenges and the opportunities offered by global markets.

The Creative Industries KTN has been established by a consortium of leading universities and industry bodies to help accelerate innovation among the creative industries. The consortium is led by the University of the Arts London, along with Imperial College, The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and TIGA the trade association for games developers.

John Cass, director of the KTN said: “The UK’s creative industries are world leaders and a great economic success story generating almost £70bn in revenues per annum. They are also great developers and harnessers of technologies. However, the global market place is becoming increasingly competitive and we need to ensure these businesses remain world-class.”

John added: “We have to make sure that the work being carried out by the leading technology innovators, scientists and researchers in the UK flows through to creative businesses and we maximise the opportunities that will come from this.”

The KTN identified the 14 projects, known as Beacon Projects that it will carry out over the next two years after speaking to leading figures from industry and academia across the UK. Full details have been published in the Beacons for Innovation report at http://www.creativeindustriesktn.org

The first three Beacon Projects have been launched and are examining how the future of digital content will be experienced and distributed and the role Knowledge Transfer will play in helping creative industries thrive.

The KTN website http://www.creativeindustriesktn.org will also provide a social networking platform for people to discuss the topics and exchange ideas. The KTN will stage a series of events around the UK to hear the views and opinions of people from creative businesses, research organisations, academia and funding groups. A survey examining the issues around the two digital content Beacons will be launched later this week and will also be available on the website.

Jeremy Davenport, deputy director of the KTN said: “ This is a unique opportunity to share great ideas with people who want to make things happen. We will be involving innovators from all sectors of the creative industries and from all over the country.”

He added: “Our work will look five to seven years in the future and each Beacon Project will produce a vision for that future that will help guide the strategy and direction of organisations.”

Membership of the KTN is free and open to anyone by visiting creativeindustriesktn.org.

Notes to editors: The Creative Industries KTN is part of the family of Knowledge Transfer Networks that are funded by the Technology Strategy Board to support business led innovation across the UK. It was established by a consortium led by the University of the Arts London, with Imperial College London, the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and TIGA the trade association for games developers.

The creative industries cover 13 sectors: Performing arts; arts and antiques, crafts, architecture, design, fashion, advertising, radio and TV, film and video, music, publishing, video games, software.

Creative Industries KTN: Our mission is to accelerate the evolution of the Creative Industries in the UK. We do this by building communities of interest and creating opportunities for innovators to meet, share ideas and find access to funding as support. We welcome innovators from all sectors of the Creative Industries.

Membership of the network is free; join at creativeindustriesktn.org where you can also read our Beacons for Innovation report.

Follow us on twitter @creativektn.

Read our blog at http://creativeindustriesktn.org/blog/

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Tony Henderson, PR Manager
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