The Creative Industries KTN is the knowledge transfer network for the UK creative industries – in simple language it is an organisation which exists to stimulate research and discussion of the key future challenges and opportunities facing UK creative businesses (with a specific focus on the impact of new digital technologies).
My role for the CIKTN is as “theme champion” on Global Markets – essentially acting as researcher / journalist / advocate / connector on issues relating to international trade and with an aim to “explore what future challenges and opportunities will emerge as a result of the increasing importance of global markets”.
Over the course of the next year (to July 2011) I will be highlighting useful information and opportunities, generating some more specific case studies and content and supporting events which will, hopefully, inform and inspire creative companies in trading internationally.
Through the CIKTN we will explore the deceptively simple questions of: What do we know? What are we selling? What are our routes to market? What is happening elsewhere?
And as part of that dialogue we will link to other opportunities for support within the CIKTN (especially around Intellectual Property), with the Technology Strategy Board (through funding calls around Metadata and Convergence) and with specific international business support agencies such as UK Trade & Investment.