The Hansard report on how to support cultural and creative industries in Northern Ireland is out. I think the following points might be of interest to any place that wants to thrive in the creative and cultural economy.
*Graduates need to have the opportunity to be mentored, because although they obviously have creative skills, their business skills are significantly underdeveloped. So, it is about matching creative talent and business acumen.
* Highly educated but low-paid sector. It is almost completely unsupported, with no professional body. No-one to voice interests of sector.
* Currently there is a lack of transparency and coherence in policy as CI is spread across several departments with no clear ownership.
The full report can be found here.