New Era, New Approaches: Creative and Collaborative Economic Development

11th November 2008.

The way in which economic development, both strategy and interventions, are developed governed and delivered in the UK is changing. We are beginning to move away from the more traditional, centrally led approaches to economic development such as inward investment, civic boosterism, and support for the manufacturing and service industries, towards more creative, localised, flexible and collaborative approaches whereby local authorities and groups of local authorities are able to shape economic development by responding specifically to the global and local drivers that influence their local economies. With this is mind the purpose of this Local Work is to identify and provide commentary on creative and collaborative approaches to economic development.