Revitalising Small Cities explores the ways in which cities can bring together sector and place – leveraging and exploiting their cultural and creative assets to develop a sense of identity and distinctiveness, and to drive business innovation.

Backed by the KTN, and with the support of the Centre for Cities and the Creative Industries Council, the project seeks to work collaboratively with cities to generate insights and opportunities for investment and growth.

A mix of city-visits and discussions is planned, involving cities which have:

  • Population between 100,000 and 400,000
  • A history of or potential for cultural or creative development
  • Evidence of ambition for a creative-led approach to innovation and growth
  • Local partners with an interest in engaging with this project.

Through these visits and other activities, we hope to better understand regional variations of creative industries, how creative companies and clusters interact with other local cultural and industrial strengths and, in so doing, to develop insights and strategies for economic regeneration and business growth.

Revitalising Smaller Cities is co-ordinated by Graham Hitchen.