Creative Network South is a collection of businesses, higher education institutions and local authorities which are working together to support aspiring, developing and established creatives in Hampshire.
The network aims to provide the opportunities, resources, information, support and encouragement needed to get new businesses off the ground, and to help develop existing businesses in order for them to break into new markets, or improve their presence in their current markets.
In doing this, Creative Network South, along with all those who are working in the creative industries in Hampshire, are able to work together towards a more successful, fruitful and exciting creative economy.
In this section you can find key facts on the creative industries sector, reports, useful links, research events and profiles of researchers who are associated with Creative Industries Research Network South which was launched in 2015.
- Hampshire’s four universities produce approximately 9,000 graduates in cultural and creative disciplines every year.
- In 2008, there were around 4,635 creative firms in the Partnership for Urban South Hampshire (PUSH) area, and 7,409 creative firms in the ten PUSH districts. These creative firms accounted for 28,405 creative jobs in the PUSH area versus 41,509 in the totality of the PUSH districts.
- The creative industries sector in the PUSH area is a similar size as that of Birmingham in the West Midlands or Brighton and Hove in East Sussex.
- Overall, creative firms accounted for a higher proportion of all ten PUSH districts firms (14.7%) compared with the national average (13.4%) in 2008. Creative jobs also represented a higher proportion of the PUSH districts’ jobs (6.9%) compared with the English average (6.6%).
- Creative industries increased both in terms of firms (+13%) and jobs in the PUSH districts (20%) from 2003 to 2008. These increases were above the regional and national averages.
- In 2007, creative industries Gross Value Added (GVA) in the PUSH districts altogether amounted at £2.2 billion. This represented 10% of the creative industries GVA in the South East and 3% of the creative industries GVA in England.
- There were around 6,345 creative firms in the Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) area in 2008 and 4,118 in the Solent LEP area. There were around 34,450 creative jobs in the Enterprise M3 LEP area and 17,941 in the Solent LEP area.
- In addition to all of the creative industries firms identified from national data there are nearly as many creative and cultural jobs in other economic sectors occupied by people with creative and cultural skills. It is also estimated that around 50% of creative firms fall below the VAT threshold and therefore are not accounted for in national data.
Creative Industries Research Network South is a group of researchers interested in the creative industries in Hampshire and the Solent sub-region. The network aims to bring together academics, practitioners and policy-makers to promote knowledge exchange and new research collaborations.
Click on the links below to download notes from our research network events.
‘Growing Hampshire’s Creative Economy’ at The Point, Eastleigh on 21st November 2016. To download the presentation slides click here.
Creative Industries Research Network South is a group of researchers interested in the creative industries in the Hampshire and Solent sub-region. The network aims to bring together academics, practitioners and policy-makers to promote knowledge exchange and new research collaborations.
Paul Spencer is Creative Industries Research and Support Officer at Eastleigh Borough Council and a PhD student at the University of Winchester. He is interested in creative sector policy and enterprise initiatives.More Info
Jennifer Anyan is a Principal Lecturer in the School of Art, Design and Fashion at Southampton Solent University. She is interested in the construction of styled image, identity and notions of the gaze within the context of fashion.More Info
Dr Daniel Ashton
Dr Daniel Ashton is a Lecturer and MA Pathway Leader in Global Media Management at Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton. He is interested in the creative economy and patterns and places of creative work.More Info
Caroline Barfoot is Head of Employability and Student Enterprise at Southampton Solent University. Her research interests include enterprise education, digital and creative industries, advertising and digital marketing.More Info
Dr Toby Bennett
Dr Toby Bennett is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Southampton Solent University, with professional and academic expertise in the music industry. He is interested in the changing world of work and the knowledge economy.More Info
Dr Julie Brown
Dr Julie Brown is a Lecturer in Creative Enterprise at Southampton Solent University. Her research interests include creative industries and economic development, UK and EU creative sector policy and creative work.More Info
Chris Buckingham is a crowdfunding specialist and author of several books on the topic. He is a PhD student at Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton, an international speaker and a guest lecturer for several universities.More Info
Dr Cheryl Butler
Dr Cheryl Butler is Head of Culture at Eastleigh Borough Council and an Honorary Fellow of the University of Winchester. She is the lead for culture and creative industries development in Eastleigh Borough.More Info
Dr Hong Bui
Dr Hong Bui is a Lecturer in Organisational Behaviour at the University of Southampton. Her research interests include human resource development, learning organisation and systems thinking for innovation.More Info
Dr Roberta Comunian
Dr Roberta Comunian is a Lecturer in Cultural and Creative Industries at King’s College London. Her research interests include creative industries, cultural policy, creative economy and higher education.More Info
Professor Suzanne Dixon
Suzanne Dixon is a Professor of Creative Enterprise and Director of Enterprise and Student Entrepreneurship at Southampton Solent University. She is interested in enterprise education and entrepreneurship.More Info
Dr Carol Ekinsmyth
Dr Carol Ekinsmyth is a Principal Lecturer in the Department of Geography at the University of Portsmouth. She is interested in human geography and entrepreneurship in the context of family life, parenting and work-life balance.More Info
Dr Philip Ely
Dr Philip Ely is Student Enterprise Manager at the University of Portsmouth. He is interested in design, creativity and entrepreneurship as well as the role that universities can play in city regeneration through enterprise education.More Info
Dr Mark Eyles
Dr Mark Eyles is a Principal Lecturer in the School of Creative Technologies at the University of Portsmouth. He is a practice-based games design researcher within the Advanced Games Research Group.More Info
Charles Freeman is the Coordinator of Creative Network South and Director of Charles Freeman Projects. He is interested in creative industries, cultural planning, regeneration and economic development.More Info
Dr Brian Hracs
Dr Brian Hracs is a Lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Southampton. His research interests include the spatial dynamics of entrepreneurs and intermediaries within the creative economy.More Info
Steve Jones is a Business Associate in the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries at the University of Portsmouth. He is interested in promoting research and innovation through partnerships between the university and industry.More Info
Lisa Mann is Academic Leader for Re:So (Retail Solent) at Southampton Solent University. Her research interests include enterprise education, work-based learning, fashion management and retail design.More Info
Steven Northam is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Winchester and Company Director at SN Technologies alongside IncuHive. He is interested in business start-up, incubation and innovation in business.More Info
Dr Suzanne Reimer
Dr Suzanne Reimer is an Associate Professor in Geography at the University of Southampton. She is interested in the gendering of creativity, craft and design labour as well as the role of design in commodity networks.More Info