Provides good overview of the rural context for creative businesses: “The creative industries are still seen largely as an urban phenomenon, associated with ideas of modernity and innovation that the city has long claimed as its own. The idea that the countryside, with its old-fashioned market towns, villages and farms, could incubate contemporary creativity surprises many people….the sector’s profile is different from that often found in urban areas, with fewer young and start-up companies and more businesses with established markets….policy-makers should take account of in planning their support.”

Burns Owens Partnership (BOP Consulting)
Culture East Midlands
January 2008
Creative industries in the rural East Midlands – Regional study report