‘The creative sector was often misunderstood’

A director of a leading creative business has said the sector has a role to play in regenerating the towns and cities they operate within.

Mark Oulson-Jenkins, executive producer at East Lancashire-based Studio RTR, said the “cultural capital” which creative firms bring was playing a major role in attracting people to areas of the county and improving environments.

He added the creative sector was often misunderstood as being artistic when it includes firms in areas such as software technology, publishing and even museums, galleries and heritage exhibitions.

Studio RTR is sponsoring the Digital & Marketing   Business of the Year category at this year’s Be Inspired Business Awards, the BIBAs, which closes for applications on March 29.

Mr Oulson-Jenkins said: “The creative sector is a very broad church including businesses which we find operating in towns and cities across Lancashire and often making a very visible difference to the place where they are based.

“The statistics show that the sector often outperforms the rest in terms of  output, but the cultural capital they bring to lifting the environment and atmosphere of a place brings benefits to all.

“The recent ‘Museum of the Moon’ attraction at the Harris Museum in Preston is a perfect example; it attracted thousands of people to the city centre which brought a buzz to the place and potential customers to many other businesses.”

In 2017, the creative sector contributed £101.5 billion to the UK economy and employed more than two million people.

The Digital & Marketing Business of the Year category is one of 20 open for applications to the BIBAs with new categories for this year’s awards including Green Business of the Year and Growth Business of the Year.

To enter visit, www.thebibas.co.uk/enter.

In 2018, the lifetime achievement award, Lancastrian of the Year, went to Tony Attard, the High Sheriff of Lancashire and founder of Burnley-based textiles firm, Panaz.

Other winners included Preston-based Sunshine Events and Blackburn’s Flavour Warehouse which both picked up two awards, Creative Business of the Year and Service Business of the Year and Manufacturer of the Year and Exporter of the Year respectively.

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Closing Date: 29th March 2019