This Task Force, co-chaired by Rona Fairhead and Professor Chris Snowden (University of Surrey) asked how the UK could remain competitive in the growing global markets. Its final report, The Fuse: Igniting High Growth for Creative, Digital and Information Technology Industries in the UK, emphasised the importance of CDIT industries as a strategic priority alongside STEM.
The above report helped to bring about the Brighton Fuse project, led by Brighton University (with Creative Fuse’s own Professor Jonathan Sapsed as Co-Investigator for the project) working in collaboration with the University of Sussex and co-produced with Wired Sussex and the National Council for Universities and Business (formerly the CIHE).
Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, like Creative Fuse North East, the two year Brighton Fuse was very successful in mapping, measuring, and enhancing the Creative, Digital and IT sector in Brighton, helping to position the CDIT sector categorisation at an important time in sector and economic development policy. In particular, it explored how a combination of creative and technical skills within businesses affected their growth, profitability and sustainability.