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Growing design? Challenges and constraints facing design consultancies in three English city-regions

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Sunley, Peter; Pinch, Steven; Macmillen, James

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Abstract There is some debate as to whether creative industries can thrive in second-tier industrial city-regions, as well as in leading global cities. This paper uses the results of firm interviews with design consultancies to examine their experiences in three industrial cities in the UK: Manchester; Newcastle and Birmingham. It highlights the major constraints on growth in each city and it emphasises the quantity and quality of demand, and the availability of skilled labour. It considers the effects of design and cultural policy initiatives and finds that most measures are perceived to have had only ambiguous and minor supportive impacts.
Keywords design
Classification Cultural Sociology, Sociology of Art, Sociology of Literature; Area Development Planning, Regional Research
Free Keywords consultancy; city-region; constraints; policy; L84; L8; R11; R30
Document language English
Publication Year 2010
Page/Pages p. 873-887
Journal Regional Studies, 44 (2010) 7
Status Postprint; peer reviewed
Licence PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)