Business engagement invitation

Creative Industries Strategy for West Sussex, Brighton & Hove and Lewes District – an invitation to creative employers, businesses and freelancers.

This is your chance to help shape the development of a new Creative Industries strategy for Greater Brighton and West Sussex*.

You’re part of one of the most distinctive and dynamic creative clusters in the UK. We want to make sure that the Creative Industries strategy delivers what you need to drive your business and creative practice to the next level. In the process, we want to understand and address the challenges you face as a creative entrepreneur, whether as an employer, a business owner or a freelancer.

We would like to invite you to take part in an online round table with a small group of other creative practitioners. This will be a safe space where you can speak freely about the issues that affect you – we will be operating under “Chatham House” rules and your contribution will be anonymised. We know your time is valuable; each session will last no more than 90 minutes.

The Fifth Sector is a specialist creative consultancy and we recognise the importance of collaboration in running a creative business.  We have designed the sessions to stimulate discussion between creatives who address similar markets and may be looking to collaborate with other individuals and firms in the process.

The five round table themes are:

The five round table themes are:

We acknowledge that there is some overlap between these activities and are also aware that it’s not going to be possible to cover the full breadth of the creative ecology of Greater Brighton and West Sussex in five sessions.  If you don’t see an exact match in the title of any of the sessions but would like to contribute, please go for the one that seems closest to your field. If you think this invitation would be of interest to a colleague, collaborator or customer, please pass it on to them! We look forward to seeing you soon.

Iain Bennett

* Development of the Creative Industries strategy is sponsored by a consortium including the Coastal West Sussex Partnership, Greater Brighton Economic Board, West Sussex County Council, Brighton & Hove City Council and Wired Sussex.

If you are unable to make any of the sessions but would like to contribute to the development of the strategy, please email us at