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Why art, design and digital services matter together

digital designers at desk using computersA large part of the creative industries is the design and digital sector, and with arts and culture being consumed digitally there is a strong need to support this creative industry ecosystem as they are intrinsically linked.

With a strong IT, design, digital services and marketing experience we also know that arts and culture always demand an audience and with that comes digital marketing and communications.

From web design, graphic design, social media, SEO, virtual and augmented reality, digital projections, digital art and digital distribution there are many economic cases to support the design and digital sector, and that’s what we do.

Our director Andrew Knutt also sits on many design, digital and technology trade groups/boards and has a network that supports the service we provide.


Many young creatives venture into being self-employed and grow into companies. We help them plan their business and obtain skills to succeed through advice, mentoring, incubation and workshops.


We support agencies who wish to support the design and digital sector, or have policy objectives for investment but need help understanding the sector, building local networks and stimulating adoption.


Many funded support programmes for the design and digital sector require more traditional business skills. Creativity and innovation are at the heart of its growth and we help put programmes in place that deliver business and creativity focused results.


Sector support programme success is based on connecting and being part of a trade network, and remaining proactive within these networks. From private to government funded groups and societies, we provide advocacy and representation in these networks to achieve success.

Great things in business are never done by one person. They’re done by a great partnership.

Examples of Our Work

Check out some the design and digital programmes we have been involved in over our 20 years in the creative industries.


Working with South West partners and Somerset County Council we helped develop a three year technology adoption, digital skills, and business advice service for the county of Somerset, and delivered front-line services.


Using design and innovation EU funding we created a 'sustainable design' programme for designers culminating to a national conference, workshops and more. Partners included universities, businesses, gov and trade agencies.


Supporting Plymouth University and Somerset County Council we delivered business innovation programmes and business workshops for regional businesses. All sectors shown how innovation culture can be used.


Utilising business networks we created a new set of short networking meetings and workshops for the design community. Creating new dialogue between business providers and agencies to develop leadership in the sector.


In 2005 we help create the first design network in the South West and from that came county and regional based networks. These networks obtained funding to deliver design business support services throughout the region.


Along with Creative Innovation Centre we were commissioned to develop a new digital network for Taunton Deane and research needs of the creative industries. This was used to inform policy and creative industries investment.