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Creative Freelancer Business Models and Place-based Growth

The project will address an important evidence gap around the contribution of freelancers to the economic and place-based impacts of the creative industries. It will generate new insights into the business models of creative freelancers and their relationship to (local) labour markets, creative networks and supply chains, and innovation ecosystems – as well as identifying the challenges that they face.

Working with The Centre for Business in Society (CBiS), Coventry University; Coventry Ciry Council; Creative United; London Borough of Waltham Forest; Northumberland County Council, the project will involve qualitative interviews with creative industry freelancers and organisations that support them.

The project will support understanding of the contribution of creative freelancers to the dynamism, diversity and competitive advantage of the UK’s creative industries; and support understanding of and policy responses to minimise the impacts of the precarious nature of freelancer business models in the UK’s creative industries.

Project Team:

Peter Dickinson (Principal Investigator)

Beate Baldauf

Stef Poole

Project Duration:

January - December 2020

Project Funder: