Plymouth Must Use its Cultural Assets to Fuel Regeneration, Create Jobs and and Fight Recession

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City leader points to Plymouth's rich cultural heritage as a potential economic driver, ahead of a City Summit on Culture and Regeneration.

Plymouth is a city bristling with opportunity. In a spectacular location and steeped in rich maritime heritage, Plymouth is home to exceptional cultural facilities, world class sporting and arts events and a burgeoning creative economy.

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The Plymouth Culture Board, Plymouth City Council, University of Plymouth and Plymouth Chamber of Commerce are combining forces on October 7, to host the Culture Means Business summit, at the National Marine Aquarium, an event designed to illustrate how culture can drive regeneration across the city and power economic growth.

Two of the UK's most renowned speakers on city regeneration will join politicians, corporate/ business and community leaders to discuss the economic impact of Culture and consider future opportunities for Plymouth.

Liverpool's Executive Member for Enterprise and Tourism, Gary Millar and Consultant David Barrie will be highlighting how cultural initiatives can deliver jobs and attract capital investment and revenue to cities. David Barrie designs and directs public initiatives that enable growth, innovation and transformational change in cities and communities. His work has been the subject of series on the BBC and Channel 4 television. Entrepreneur Gary Millar is a Liverpool city councillor and led Liverpool’s successful European Capital of Culture bid. Millar will discuss how Liverpool attracted 9.7 million additional visits to the city in 2008, generating an economic impact of £754 million across Liverpool, Merseyside and the North West.

"Plymouth is a city bristling with opportunity. In a spectacular location and steeped in rich maritime heritage, Plymouth is home to exceptional cultural facilities, world class sporting and arts events and a burgeoning creative economy. With the British Art Show scheduled for next year and the successful World Cup Host City Bid, Plymouth's cultural sector is already driving real economic growth, but this summit will be an important opportunity to learn from the best examples from across the UK where culture has been at the heart of regeneration," said Vinken, Chairman of The Plymouth Culture Board and CEO of the Theatre Royal and Plymouth Pavilions.

The summit will unveil some new research by the University of Plymouth, which demonstrates the real economic impact that culture has had on various UK and European city economies. "It's important that the university contributes to the debate on the economic impact of the cultural offer as well as its wider social, educative and community implications," said Dean of Arts at the university, Professor David Coslett. "The university is eager to play its part in this regeneration initiative."

Cllr Bookshaw, PCC’s portfolio holder for Culture said: "Supporting cultural growth in Plymouth is crucial to the city's future if it is to weather difficult economic times and create the 2020 vision for Plymouth - a vibrant waterfront city where people want to work and live. A strong cultural economy can drive growth and create jobs in the city."

"We wholeheartedly support this initiative, which brings together public and private sector for the benefit of business and the economy," said Plymouth's Chamber of Commerce CEO, David Parlby.

For photos at the event and/or interviews with Gary Millar, David Barrie or Adrian Vinken, please contact: Dawn Bebe, dawnbebe(at)weareonshore(dot)com, 07831790416 or Kathy Williams, kathy(dot)williams(at)plymouth(dot)gov(dot)uk (01752) 307013

For more information go to: http://www.plymouth.gov.uk/culture.html

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