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Framework Strategy for the Staffordshire Moving Image Cluster

RUDGE, Peter (2016) Framework Strategy for the Staffordshire Moving Image Cluster. Research report for external body. unspecified. (Unpublished)

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This document outlines the background, needs and implementation strategy for Platform, the Stoke on Trent and Staffordshire Moving Image Cluster.

It examines best practice, the concept of creative clusters and how those concepts might be used to form a regional cluster to support and grow the moving image industries.

Item Type: Monograph or Report (Research report for external body)
Additional Information: Platform ( is the moving image cluster for Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire, led and curated by Staffordshire University Associate Professor Peter RUDGE. Its mission is to drive the development of the moving image economy in the city region, increasing its economic value, national and international profile and levels of collaborative innovation. Launched in March 2017, underpinned by research and development by Peter RUDGE, Platform is a multi-partner network and is the only Moving Image Cluster organization of its kind in the UK. The innovation and national importance of this work was recognized in May 2018, when RUDGE’s work on Platform was recognized by being named in the Creative England CE50 – a list of the top 50 leaders and innovators in the UK digital creative industries. The uniqueness of the underpinning research and its realization in Platform lies in its focus on creative industry cluster development in second-order cities that are spatially dispersed. This sets it apart from the mainstream scholarly understanding of creative clusters, which centres largely around the needs of large urban cities. RUDGE’s 2016 strategic framework report, commissioned by Stoke on Trent and Staffordshire LEP, included data collection, ethnographic and case study research conducted over a 6-year period. This report was used as evidence in 2018 by the House of Lords Select Committee on Regenerating Seaside Towns and by the All-Party Design and Innovation Group in its forthcoming report on Post-Brexit Education and Skills. This research has demonstrated that it is possible, and indeed particularly important for nation-wide economic health, to create cluster organisations where there are emerging hotspots in larger towns and smaller cities. As such it has been recognised as a model of best practice for extending cluster activity to areas where it can have significant and far-reaching impacts both nationally and internationally.
Faculty: School of Computing and Digital Technologies > Film, Media and Journalism
Depositing User: Peter RUDGE
Date Deposited: 30 Aug 2017 12:34
Last Modified: 24 Feb 2023 13:48
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