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.
But overall cultural funding is challenged, with reduced public grants and demands on cultural experiences from audiences, there is a need for cultural organisations to re-invent themselves.
GBSLEP are supporting these challenges and opportunities through their ‘Place Delivery Plan’, publishing soon, which will include a number of cultural actions:
GBSLEP will prioritise its cultural investments by applying four tests to ensure projects:
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.