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28 Mar & 21 May 13 | Dundee, U.K.

InCompass Lead Partner Dundee College, together with project partners Dundee City Council, have hosted two highly successful Regional Implementation Group meetings to disseminate the findings and progress of the InCompass Project.
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The first was held in March in Dundee City Council’s new headquarters building and was well attended by many local stakeholders and influential figures from Dundee’s creative industries sector. After the project’s aims and progress to date was outlined by Project Manager, Andrew Mackenzie, he opened the meeting to the floor for discussion as to how best the region might best profit from the project outcomes and use its findings to inform best practice and regional policy in facilities for developing creative talent and businesses. Image - Picture Despite the global economy, the €1.5 billion waterfront redevelopment that will reconnect the city centre with its historic riverside, and an opening date of 2015 set for the V&A at Dundee, Dundee’s creative horizons look bright. The V&A at Dundee will further enhance the city’s already vibrant cultural life and sit alongside the already thriving Dundee Contemporary Arts (DCA) and Dundee Rep to provide a place for Scotland to celebrate its design heritage and promote its emerging creative talent.
Image - Picture The potential of the project to contribute in the city’s development was warmly welcomed and recognized as an opportunity for regional dialogue and as a forum for discussion between local industries, creative and cultural institutions and regional authorities. It was soon agreed that the six monthly cycle of meetings was too long and the next meeting was set for mid-May, and a work group between Dundee City Council, V&A at Dundee and the DCA was established to take forward the planning of the meeting.
Image - Picture Hosted by the DCA, the next meeting attracted over 40 attendees from across Scotland. Presentations on the experiences and aspirations of 7 local SMEs were heard and, working in groups, the delegates were tasked group exercises to network and to help inform and shape the future of support for the creative industries in the region.

The work group are now analysing the outputs and are busy planning for the next meeting.
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InCompass Project is funded by the EU’s European Regional Development fund through the INTERREG IVC programme