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However, it is impossible to describe the history of the area without concluding that, from a once great position, the area has declined. The Lace Market is no longer the hub of a textile industry that collapsed in the years after WWII, as British textile manufacturing failed to compete with cheaper manufacturing from abroad. People's Hall is no longer the home of philanthropy and learning, and Sneinton Market is in a sad state, currently in the possession of receivers unwilling to sell the market back to Nottingham City Council despite the council having European funding in place to regenerate the market.

However, simply designating an area of the city as "creative" doesn't make a creative quarter, as a number of people have recently pointed out, including in this paper.

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Further down we reach Sneinton Market, which, since the mid 19th century, has been a thriving food and flower market, and meeting point for local traders and residents alike.

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However, entrepreneurship, like plants in a garden, needs the right environment to flourish, and the Creative Quarter can indeed be seen as a form of "economic gardening".

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We also need a variety of other hubs, which will involve a complex Air Max 90 Sunset

The Lace Market is now a fashionable area for city living and boasts the fantastic Nottingham Contemporary, one of the country's finest art galleries.

To make it a success we must think differently and be ambitious in our aims.


Adjoining the Lace Market is Hockley. Originally called Walker Gate, Hockley was also a centre for lace production, and the birthplace of the great Nottingham entrepreneur Jesse Boot.

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Secondly, it involves the creation of some substantial funds: a million venture capital fund, a grant technology fund that has already made close to of grant awards, leveraging a further in private sector investment and already creating around 150 jobs after just four months, and a Creative Quarter Loan Fund providing low interest loans to small, start up businesses that cannot get bank finance.

The Creative Quarter project therefore draws on the history of the area, seeks to address its decline, and seeks to build on its modern strengths.

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Certainly, small business and entrepreneurship must be at its heart. The success of Nottingham's economic recovery will rest upon the creation, relocation, development and growth of small businesses. Entrepreneurship has always been fundamental to Nottingham's economy during its periods of greatest success, and it will be again over the next ten to 20 years.

Thirdly, the Creative Quarter project involves the creation of a new company to co ordinate activity and create a culture of entrepreneurship within the area, driven by sector specific hubs.

It has also always been an area of the city for cultural activity. On Heathcote Street, People's Hall was originally built as a school of art and design, founded in 1854 by George Gill as a place for philanthropic purposes, and symbolising Hockley's status as a place of cultural creativity and people power.

And this is what the Creative Quarter is trying to do.

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The truth is that Nottingham has actually had a creative quarter for a very long time. The Lace Market was, during the British Empire, the centre of the world's lace industry. World beating textiles design and manufacture drove the Nottingham economy, providing thousands of jobs for local people. Famous industrialists like William Lee and Richard Arkwright made this area the commercial heart of the city.

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They would quickly die because the demand, the businesses, the infrastructure and the skills aren't yet there. But over time they will be created and they will help develop the next generation of businesses in the key sectors identified.

However, there are some green shoots. Creative hubs like Antenna and Broadway now house a new generation of film makers, software designers, producers and musicians.

How then, can the Creative Quarter project help that happen, what is its aim and what must its outcomes be?

The Creative Quarter company, which is now up and running with its chief operations officer, Kathy Nike Air Max 90 Hyperfuse Independence Day Blue McArdle, in place, will also lead on ensuring there is a supportive environment for businesses by linking entrepreneurs with a variety of business support programmes developed over the last year.

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THE idea of Nottingham's Creative Quarter has gained significant interest over the last year after it was announced by Nottingham City Council as the centrepiece of its new economic plan and "city deal" with Government. But just what is the Creative Quarter?

This area of the city has always been a focal point for commercial and cultural creativity.

Economic gardening is actually an American economic development model that seeks to create regional growth by supporting entrepreneurship. It was a theory first developed in 1980s in Colorado and the concept is actually very simple: identify a geographical area that already has some of the potential for supporting businesses, and then ensure the conditions are right for business through a combination of infrastructure, appropriate skills supply and business support.

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Geographically, it is the east side of Nottingham city centre: Hockley, the Lace Market, Sneinton and into St Ann's. Its boundary begins at the west with the tram line that stretches along Fletcher Gate; at the north it stretches to Huntington Street at it meets King Edwards Street; at the east as far as Manvers Street; and to the south down to Canal Street.

We already have successful hubs such as BioCity, Antenna and Broadway. They need to be extended and that indeed is the intention.

BioCity, housed in the building in which Stuart Adams developed ibuprofen, is now Europe's largest bio science incubator and home to over 70 leading science companies. Hockley is, even in a recession, genuinely thriving as an area of independent Nike Air Max 90 Sneakerboot Red

First, it involves a programme of extensive infrastructure investment in physical surroundings, roadway development, improved digital infrastructure and, in time, improved energy Nike Air Max 90 Vt Red

process of identifying and renovating suitable properties, aligning those developments with bids to funds such as the European Regional Development Fund and Regional Growth Fund, carefully managing demand, and helping progress those developments into successful enterprise hubs over a period of time.

shops, bars and restaurants, focused around areas like Goose Gate and Broad Street.

We need to be careful with this. Plonking ten new creative hubs in the Creative Quarter overnight (even if we could do that, and we can't) wouldn't work.

Creative Quarter will support and nurture Nottingham's creativity

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