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Image by Kirsty Thompson Lancashire Life creativelancashire.org 1 Creative Lancashire This report illustrates the economic success and impact of the creative economy across the Lancashire region. Creativity is often viewed with suspicion and misunderstanding it is ignored or not thought of at all. It is viewed as something that others do. Yet creativity is a talent that needs skill to bring it to life and good fortune to be able to recognise it and use it. Those that do embrace it soon realise that it helps define the present and creates a future. Everything we use has been created designed or evolved using skill and intellectual property. Creativity helps companies grow. It is not by accident that the courses on offer at the Royal College of Art range from Engineering to Fine Art because they all share that creative gene. The same gene that has helped shape so many of the businesses in this report. Lancashire has a history of creativity which is still just as vibrant if not more so than it was in the past. Creative Lancashire has over the last ten years quietly and effectively helped guided and influenced many successful projects campaigns and collaborations across Lancashire. The gentle presence of Creative Lancashire in the background has contributed to successful outcomes promoting the businesses but not itself. Perhaps the only visible presence being a logo on the back page or in the bottom corner. Creative Lancashire has the past the present and a future. It will continue to list and promote all of the creative companies in Lancashire its definitive directory will become the ultimate source for all those needing creative services. It will continue its work with LCC local authorities higher education institutions colleges and skills providers and all industry partners to ensure that the creative needs of industry and business are catered for at all levels. It will ensure that all the creative programs carried out in the region are in a cohesive manner to maximise impact from initiatives promoted by national organisations such as the Arts Council Design Council Crafts Council Creative England Royal Society of the Arts Creative Industries Federation Creative Cultural Skills and many more. Creative Lancashire will continue to be the advocate and champion for creativity in all its guises so that we can truly prosper from its positive economic impact. Chairman Creative Lancashire Charles Hadcock RCA. FRBS DL Holder of the Queens Award for Enterprise Promotion A Creative Lancashire