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Enhance and harness the potential of our cultural and creative assets

Culture and placemaking is a key part of GBSLEP’s strategy, strengthening the economy and improving the quality of life for our citizens. Birmingham has arguably the strongest cluster of major arts organisations in any English city outside London. GBSLEP’s wider geography has a rich and diverse cultural ecology and opportunities, such as the Commonwealth Games in 2022, will bring long-term investment.

Culture has a vital role to play in the continued economic growth and development of the region, impacting on our place, tourism, communities, education, skills, health and quality of life.  We have a world renowned and diverse cultural sector and offer in the region. Culture Central in partnership with  Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise are championing and supporting this unique cultural offer, creating opportunities for it to grow in both scale and ambition at an exciting time for the region.”  Erica Love, Director, Culture Central

The LEP have recently co-invested in Birmingham’s Symphony Hall, Birmingham’s Dance Hub  and the National Memorial Arboretum, with other cultural pipeline projects being developed.

But overall cultural funding is challenged, with reduced public grants and big opportunities, there is a need for cultural organisations to re-invent themselves. That is why GBSLEP have now launched its own ‘Cultural Action Framework’ to set-out its strategic approach. Read more about GBSLEP’s cultural strategy and existing and upcoming calls

The cultural agenda is included in the region-wide Creative Industries Local industrial strategy Sector Plan. It also connects with the LEPs broader work across the Creative industries as a high growth sector.

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Please contact GBSLEP for more information about our other activities and programmes beyond the creative and cultural industries.