What is Brighton Fuse?

“Digital, ICT and creative industries together should be the horizontal platform for growth and competitiveness for the UK in the 21st Century”

Dr Mike Short
Vice President, Research & Development, O2

Brighton Fuse is a 2-year research and development project which will analyse the growth of Brighton’s successful creative, digital and information technology (CDIT) cluster, and pilot schemes to promote further innovation and economic development. Brighton Fuse focuses on analysing the interplay between the arts and humanities and digital technology and on explaining how these factors lead to innovation and business success. It also examines the role of higher education and graduate skills in this process.

The project is run by Wired Sussex, the University of Brighton, the University of Sussex and the Council of Industry & Higher Education. Brighton Fuse is funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council. More on the Brighton Fuse delivery partners and funders.

Brighton Fuse is supported by an advisory panel representing local, regional and national CDIT organisations and policy-makers. Here is more information about Brighton Fuse Advisory Board.

Key points about Brighton Fuse

  • Brighton Fuse wants to support the development of processes and policies which see real value in connecting cultural and creative endeavour with technological activity.
  • Brighton Fuse values artistic creativity and technological innovation and wants to understand the motivations of those who deliver it.
  • Brighton Fuse is action research using robust qualitative and quantitative methods to provide hard evidence of economic impacts and social benefits
  • Brighton Fuse attempts to be an open data research project, so we will share our findings to maximise discussion and the creation of value from our findings.

Why Brighton?

The City of Brighton & Hove is home to one of Europe’s most creative and vibrant creative, digital and IT (CDIT) clusters; and to a community of entrepreneurs keen to contribute to policies that encourage further innovation and sustainable development.  The strong growth of Brighton’s digital media sector, and the city’s well-developed arts scene, has lead it to become identified as a potential UK Super City that could change the national and regional balance of power in the UK knowledge-based economy.

The already successful fusion of the Brighton cultural and creative sector with digital and technology industries makes the city an ideal place in which to analyse and measure the contribution to UK business innovation made by the arts and humanities, and to trial fresh ideas for further economic growth.

How does Brighton Fuse work?

Brighton Fuse believes that when those operating  in the creative sector and the digital and technology industries connect they spark new ideas and light the fuse of innovation. The result can be effective and sustainable economic growth and the fusion of a stronger creative culture nurturing and supporting further innovation and development.

The relationship between competition, creative connection, and innovation in the CDIT sector is complex. The challenge for Brighton Fuse is to analyse and understand the forces for success, so innovation and growth can be encouraged, and effective policy methods rolled out to emerging CDIT clusters. Brighton Fuse provides opportunities for connection and collaboration, and conducts high-level qualitative and quantitative academic research to map and measure CDIT relationships, innovation, entrepreneurial success, and the added value of strategic social and economic policy.

Brighton Fuse encourages individuals, organisations and businesses working in the arts and digital industries to sign up to receive ongoing information and get involved.

The Press Release which announced the Brighton Fuse can be viewed here

The original Fuse research which provided the framework to this project can be found here