Creative Growth

Project Details

Title: Creative Growth
Priority: 1: Innovation and the knowledge economy
Theme: Entrepreneurship and SMEs

Type of intervention

Type of intervention: 1: Regional Initiative Project
Mini-programme: No
Duration: 1st Oct 2008 - 30th Nov 2011


Total budget: €1,921,108.00
ERDF contribution: €1,479,267.20

Lead partner

Östsam Regional Development Council
Box 1236
SE-581 12, Linköping

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    • Contact Person: Anna Jacobson
      Phone: 46 13 26 27 00
      Fax: 46 13 12 17 51

Project summary

The Creative Growth project was initiated by the Östergötland region (SE) and is based on previous experiences and needs among the partners for successful cluster development of the creative sector.The aim of the project is to contribute to European competitiveness and accelerate regional economic growth through the development of the creative sector as a new business sector and influence policy development on regional and local level by mainstreaming new knowledge and good practice into the policy making process.The following objectives will be achieved: 1.Improved and more effective policies on regional and local level through evidence-based policy making 2.Improved business support services and solutions for the creative sector 3. Increased knowledge on how creativity can be a catalyst for increased regional competitiveness.The partnership consists of 11 partners from SE, DK, UK, LT, HU, ES, IT, RO and BG.The activities in the project are divided into 3 parts: Part 1 - A limited

mapping of the creative sector carried out in each region by using a joint set of standards and a joint interregional analysis carried out with comparisons between the regions based on the regional mapping. Part 2 - Benchmarking on business support services and solutions through exchange of experiences in thematic working groups on topics such as access to finance, support structures, cluster development, incubator facilities etc. Part 3 - Interregional thematic seminars hosted by different partner regions- focusing on creativity as a catalyst for increased regional competitiveness.A very limited part of the project consists of three pilot cases where business support solutions with three different approaches will be tested in a new way by pooling joint experiences ("traditional" business support services,virtual incubator and physical environments for SMEs).The main result of the project will be improved policy making processes on regional and local level by adopting evidence-based

policy making (i.e. policy making based on new facts, knowledge and exchange of experiences), the creation of a European Network of Creative regions for long-term collaboration, and increased knowledge about the sector among key stakeholders. The project will also result in increased numbers of business support services and solutions tailor made for SMEs in the creative sector and higher quality of the services provided by business support actors. The project will generate a wide range of activities for exchange of good practice and dissemination, such as conferences, seminars, working groups, joint training sessions, workshops, reports and recommendations for regional/local activity plans for each partner region in order to take the next step in boosting the creative sector.The interregional exchange of experiences, joint learning and dissemination of good practice is the interregional added value and the project result will contribute to increased European competitiveness.

Project achievements

The overall aim of the Creative growth project is to contribute to European competitiveness and accelerate regional economic growth through the development of the creative sector as a new business sector and key driver of regional growth. Creative Growth started in September 2008, and was launched with a Kick-Off conference in Brussels in January 2009. The first phase of the project was to perform regional mappings of the creative sector in the regions to get background information and awareness of its status in each region. These regional mappings were carried out in 8 regions during January - June 2009. To make statistical comparisons between different regions in Europe showed to be a complex task and the lack of joint set of standards and european definitions was a great challenge. The regional mappings were followed by a joint analysis to describe the impact and potential of the creative sector as an important sector in the growing knowledge economy in Europe. A joint report was

presented in Sept 2009 and conclusions of this analyis show that the creative sector is rapidly growing and plays an important role in the participating regions. The mapping phase is followed by a number of benchmarking activities to further explore the impact and potential of the creative sector. This is made by regional partnership meetings, interviews, studyvisits, thematic working groups and interregional seminars to share experience and best practise. In total five interregional thematic seminars have been arranged; in Edinburgh on Successful knowledge transfer in the creative Industries, in Oviedo on Betting on Creativity, in Vejle on Entrepreneurship in the creative sector, in Norrköping on Succsessful policy making, and in Debrechen on Creative Clusters; all seminars showcasing good exampes and transnational exchange of experience as well as study visits. 4 thematic working groups have discussed the themes: Incubators,Access to Finance,Business Networks and Science and Industry

identifying challenges, possibilities and best practise examples. Each group has involved different stakeholders from the creative sector in the partner regions. The result is 4 reports summing up findings, good practise and recommendations, and a joint report. Regional partnerships have been running in the partner regions throughout the project implementation. 4 pilots have been carried out in paralell to test and increase the knowledge on tailor made business support mechanisms for SME's in the CCI's: 1) Creative Growth' new business support path, 2) Creative growth training workshops, 3) Creative Growth Moving Offices, and 4) Creative Growth "Office for Cultural Enterprise". These tools are transferrable and can be used as a toolbox for hands-on development of the CCI's. Interest for the project has been high and the project has been presented at a high number of different national and international events. The project has worked together with other ongoing initiatives to build a

strong European network of creative regions and a LinkedIn group created. On the project website newsletters, reports, publications and the project movie is made available. Conclsion of results and findings of the project have been developed into a Policy Recommendations report with recommendations for future actions on local, regional and EU level. This report was launched (available in 7 languages) in Brussels and handed over to the EC as a final project activity. 8 Local Activity Plans have been developed for the future work on CCI's in the partner regions.In total 8 steering group meetings,3 mapping seminars,5 interregional seminars,12 thematic working group meetings and a total of 55 regional meetings have been organised involving a high number of participants and stakeholders. An external evaluation has been performed alongside the project. A longterm european network has been set up and contacts are continued through different contacts and constallations.


Institution, Town Country Region Contact details
Östsam Regional Development Council, Linköping SWEDEN Östra Mellansverige 46 13 26 27 00
Regional Council of Southern Småland, Växjö SWEDEN Småland med öarna 46 470 79 48 73
Edinburgh Napier University, Edinburgh UNITED KINGDOM Eastern Scotland 0131 455 6100
Észak-Alföld Regional Development Agency Non-profit Limited Company, Debrecen HUNGARY Eszak-Alfold 00-36-52-524-760
Spinderihallerne Centre for Culture and Business, Vejle Municipality, Vejle DENMARK Syddanmark 45 76811853,
South Denmark European Office (SDEO), Esbjerg DENMARK Syddanmark 0045 36 97 35 00
Kaunas County Governor's Administration, Kaunas LITHUANIA Lietuva 370 37 222802
Aster s.cons.p.a., Bologna ITALY Emilia-Romagna 39 051 6398099
Business and Innovation Centre of Asturias (BIC Asturias), Llanera - Asturias SPAIN Principado de Asturias 34 985 98 00 98
Timis County Council, Timisoara ROMANIA Vest 004 0256 406 300 or
Regional Association of Municipalities "Central Stara Planina", Gabrovo BULGARIA Severen tsentralen 359 66 804 613
Kaunas Regional Development Agency, Kaunas LITHUANIA Lietuva 37037408808


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