CEI provides both existing businesses and new start-ups access to knowledge and a variety of business support solutions, including skills training, workshops and master classes. It also provides companies the opportunity to collaborate with the University through joint projects, student involvement in the writing of business plans, student internships, as well as collaborating with the University on the commercialisation of knowledge and ideas generated at CCCU.
In its plan to manage a major arts regeneration project in Folkestone, the Creative Foundation has facilitated the Folkestone Triennial, a significant arts programme encouraging creative enterprise.
The impact of the Triennial on the local region was evaluated with the help of CEI during July 2012 through a consultancy process. CEI assessed how the event has brought valuable business to Folkestone, how it has made the town a more interesting place to live in, work in or visit, as well as the influence on people’s interest or knowledge of contemporary art. The advice and recommendations to the Creative Foundation were supported by feedback from visitors, based on which a postcode mapping of attendees was produced. In addition to the lead role taken by CEI, the project brought together several university departments including the Business School, Geography, and the Research Centre for Children, Families and Communities.
Folkestone Seafront Consultation
During December 2011, CEI supported the Folkestone Harbour Company in a large scale public consultation process with regards to the Folkestone Seafront redevelopment project. This involved capturing the comments made during two public consultation meetings, the development of an online survey tool, providing staff for a three-day exhibition, and overall data analysis and reporting. In total, 4 members of staff and 4 students were involved in this project.
For more information about this project, please visit the Folkestone Seafront website.