Calling creative industries in Ramsgate to help the sector grow
30 August 2019
The first piece of targeted research into the creative sector in Ramsgate and its future needs to become a creative hub in the region is now underway.
Heritage Lab CIC and Canterbury Christ Church University are working in partnership on the project which is funded by Locate in Kent and Arts Council England. The research will not only map current creative businesses in Ramsgate, but seek to identify the future scale and need for workspace in the area, vital to future growth. It will also help to identify how funders and investors could better support the local creative industries and determine how Ramsgate might grow as a creative hub.
The project team is asking all local creative businesses within the CT11 and CT12 area, or local residents who work in areas such as design, film, TV and radio, music, crafts, performance arts, software and computer services, visual arts or marketing and advertising to come forward and be part of the research.
To take part, all people need to do is complete a short on-line survey, by Friday 6 September.
Heritage Lab CIC quote: “The digital and creative industries are highlighted by the government as a priority for growth with the aim for the UK to become a world leader in this area.
“Nationally the sector is booming. UK creative industries generate more than £100bn a year to the UK economy and employ more than 2m people. This growth is echoed locally where the creative industries in Thanet grew by 84% in the four years to 2017, and around a quarter of these are thought to be based in Ramsgate. However, in a recent survey of 144 creative individuals in Thanet the number one priority for them was access to affordable workspace. The availability of appropriate accommodation is a key enabler to growth. One of our aims through this research is to identify the future need for accommodation for the sector within Ramsgate and to support the sector develop.”
Dr Gillian Youngs, Professor of Creative and Digital Economy at Canterbury Christ Church University, said: “Ramsgate has strong and rich cultural heritage and in recent years has begun to embrace the opportunities that the creative industries can bring to the area.
“As a leading supporter of the arts and creative industries within Kent and Medway we are delighted to be working in partnership with the Heritage Lab CIC, Locate in Kent and The Arts Council on this research that aims to help Ramsgate continue its growth and development and become a leading cultural hub for the region.
“We would really like to hear from people employed in the sector, freelancers, sole traders, or businesses in Ramsgate as part of this research.”
To take part in the on-line survey visit: https://canterbury.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/ramsgate-creatives
The key findings will be published in a report in the autumn and be available to help funders and people working in the sector to better support the creative and digital sector in Ramsgate over the next five years.
You can also help the research by taking part in a meeting to discuss what makes Ramsgate a unique base for the creative sector on Thursday, 12 September, 7.45pm for 8pm start. Anyone interested in attending this free event can register for tickets via Eventbrite here, or email: hello@Heritagelab.org.uk .
Notes to editors
Canterbury Christ Church University
Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with 16,000 students across Kent and Medway. Its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.
- Over 94% of our UK undergraduates were in employment or further studies six months after completing their studies*.
- We are one of the South East’s largest providers of education, training and skills leading to public service careers.
*2015/16 Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey
Heritage Lab CIC
Heritage Lab is a not for profit established in August 2018. We want to help to regenerate our town. We believe that Ramsgate’s unique and rich heritage provides the key to unlocking regeneration. We will revitalize historic buildings and community assets to create work and community space, employment and enhance pride in our town. We believe that using our expertise to unlock grant and philanthropic investment wisely, we can regenerate buildings and places that would otherwise not be commercially viable. We believe that our community and partners have the skills and expertise to support us, and the desire to make it happen.
Heritage Lab CIC was established to unlock the social and economic potential of historic buildings and community assets. In 2017 our founder led the project with Historic England, local councils and several community organisations to ensure that Ramsgate was the first place in the UK to be established as a Heritage Action Zone. Many of its 450 listed buildings are in a state of poor repair, empty or underused; yet they could represent a powerful tool in the regeneration process. Focusing mainly on the expanding creative sector, we will use our skills and expertise, and those of our partners and community; to bring Ramsgate’s heritage buildings and community assets back into sustainable use, creating high quality community space, workspace and jobs and enhance pride in our town. Complementing other regeneration initiatives, we believe this will reinforce a sense of community, rejuvenate the local economy and provide a catalyst for improvements to the wider area. Over time, we aim to revitalise the overall quality of the built environment and boost health and wellbeing among Ramsgate’s remarkable residents through their participation in our curiously creative spaces.