News / Redefining Creativity – Creative Business Survey

The research team at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), have teamed up with Digital Lancashire, Creative Lancashire and Arts Lancashire to understand the size and scope of Lancashire’s Creative Industries, assess the impact of COVID-19 and find out how place-based approaches and creative clusters can support the economic development of Lancashire’s Digital and Creative sectors.

Help us understand more about the current state and impact of the Creative Industries in Lancashire by being part of this extensive cross-sector research 

This research has been funded by NESTA to identify what types of support the creative industries in Lancashire might welcome post-COVID, and will be shared with policymakers to assist the growth of Lancashire Digital and Creative sectors. 

Help Lancashire’s Creative and Digital sectors by following the link to complete the relevant survey:

If you are a business or employer click here to complete the survey

If you are an employee click here to complete the survey

The current COVID-19 pandemic has impacted all sectors across the economy and policymakers, at local and national level, are keen to find better ways to support the business sector.

The research team, at the University of Central Lancashire, has been commissioned by Nesta: Policy Evidence Centre (PEC), to identify what types of support the creative industries in Lancashire might welcome, and how this might assist business activity across the sector.

The aim is to better understand business preferences amongst the Lancashire digital and creative industries, and to inform the design of practical support that can have a positive impact across the sector.

The project has three parts. This survey is the first and will be followed up by more detailed discussions with those businesses who indicate that they are willing to participate further, along with an optional survey for those employees who would like to participate. 

We would, therefore, like to invite you to participate in this project by completing the survey, which has been designed to take no longer than 10 minutes. 

All responses are strictly confidential and no individual or business will be identified in the course of the research.

The results of the project will be presented in a report to Nesta (PEC), and will feed into policy consideration at national level, and to the Lancashire Economic Partnership (LEP) at local level, to help in the formulation of local practical support for business. Our findings will additionally be summarised on the research project website and will be presented, depending upon circumstances prevailing at the time, probably via a webinar.

Thank you in advance for agreeing to participate in this survey.


Click here to complete the employer survey

Click here to complete the employee survey

The Partners:

Arts Lancashire is an independent body of regional arts partnerships working together to provide a strategic voice for independent, professional arts and culture in the county and to highlight and develop the importance of the arts to Lancashire’s economy and culture narrative through research, advocacy, professional development and partnership working.

Creative Lancashire is dedicated to helping raise the profile of Lancashire’s creative talent, and to harnessing the economic potential individuals and organisations working in the creative industries through building collaborations, facilitating networks, and providing business development support and advice. We consult with the sector to determine their priority needs and work to influence delivery by developing opportunities in collaboration with key sector partners and institutions. Creative Lancashire is a service provided by Lancashire County Council.

Digital Lancashire is a not-for-profit membership organisation that aims to accelerate and transform the digital economy of Lancashire, delivering growth to the region by providing research and analysis to drive policy and delivery, raising Lancashire’s profile, attracting investment, helping all types of business grow, whilst providing new training and employment opportunities.

The Institute for Research into Organisations, Work and Employment (iROWE) conducts research and engages with stakeholders to help build a fair and equitable future of work. iROWE engages with organisations, trade unions, professional bodies and policymakers to inform the development of effective workplace practice and employment policy.

The Research Team:

Dr. Adrian Wright: Director of the Institute for Research into Organisations, Work and Employment (iROWE)
Professor Philip B. Whyman: Professor of Economics, Director of the Lancashire Institute for Economic and Business Research (LIEBR)  
Dr. Richard Weston: Senior Research Fellow, Institute for Transport and Tourism (ITT)  
Mary Lawler: Research Assistant

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Redefining Creativity – Creative Business Survey