Head of Strategic Programmes, introduced the work on developing
Council’s strategy and vision for developing a creative,
cultural and visitor economy that was highlighted in the
The Head of Strategic
Programmes advised that the strategy was being drawn up to bring
all the work together that was going on in the city.
The Head of Strategic
Programmes played two videos to highlight this on:
1. the work of Tech City UK, a
Government-backed organisation designed to accelerate the growth of
London and the UK’s digital economy, and
European initiative that the Council is part of, allowing groups to
share ideas internationally.
The Panel welcomed the findings
that Wolverhampton has a higher proportion of micro businesses in
culture and creative industries than the national average and
questioned how this can be sustained and developed.
Keren Jones, Service Director
– City Economy advised that this was being worked on and
would be part of the strategy as it was developed.
The Panel commented that London
was so successful, with lots of clusters of networks that work
together in the cultural sectors and that it was important for a
network to make connections.
The Service Director –
City Economy, informed the panel that her team are still working on
networking issues and stressed more space is needed to facilitate
this as meeting space is crucial, as is making technology more
affordable and accessible.
The panel considered that its
multi-cultural nature was one of its strengths which had been shown
by how diverse the Sikh festival of Vaisakhi had become over recent
years. it would be good organise a Camden type market in
Wolverhampton but it would need to be advertised widely.
Mark Blackstock, Head of
Visitor Economy, advised the panel that poster boards have been
introduced around the city which appear successful but there was
still a need to broaden the understanding of these
Following a question about the
future of the Lichfield Street development the Service Director – City Economy advised that
was being led by the University.
Following a question why
Wightwick Manor wasn’t included in the list of cultural
venues in Wolverhampton the Head of Visitor Economy, advised the
authority are currently trying to build a better relationship with
Wightwick Manor and Moseley Old Hall.
The Chair welcomed Paul Birch,
the creator and Chief Executive of Revolver Records to the meeting
and asked for his views on how the council could help these
Paul Birch congratulated the
Council for running the most successful Civic Hall in the country.
He highlighted the importance of allowing clusters of businesses to
develop naturally rather than creating artificial ones which were
likely to be much less successful. An example of this was Jaguar
Land Rover and its associated supply chain with its ability to
attract inward investment. He suggested the Chubb building would be
as a good place to provide office space as a start for a
Paul Birch recommended that the
Council should follow ...
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