Cultural Investments

A rich and diverse cultural offering lies at the heart of all of the world’s thriving and prosperous city regions. 

GBSLEP recognises that the quality of our cultural assets (including environmental assets) are key to our ability to retain and attract investment and talent and to the quality of life of our residents. Investing in culture and placemaking has never been more important, as the challenges on our High Streets and the effects of Covid continue to make recover very challenging.

GBSLEP commissioned Culture Central to write a report setting out their recommendations for how we, and other funders with an economic remit, should handle cultural investments going forwards.

Download their report "A Toolkit for Smarter Cultural Investments in our towns, cities and regions" as a web-friendly version here or a printer friendly version here.

Cultural Action Framework

GBSLEP have adopted Culture Central’s recommendations by published its own Cultural Action Framework which sets out its approach to cultural investments and how this dovetail into the LEPs broader objectives around placemaking, business growth, stimulating innovation and supporting our talent and skills pipeline. With the publication of this Framework, GBSLEP is now able to make its own strategic priorities clearer and work in more effective, long-term partnerships with cultural actors and our other stakeholders, as we enable change for the long-term good of the economy and wider geography. 

Download our Cultural Action Framework here.

Learn more about our wider Placemaking work involving Town & Local Centres here. 

Learn more about our work supporting the creative industries sector here. 

To hear more about the work GBSLEP is doing around culture and placemaking please contact: David.Furmage@gbslep.co.uk


Photo by Verity Milligan, Birmingham Weekender / Culture Central