British Council

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for educational opportunities and cultural relations. It was established 75 years ago and operates in 109 countries, running multilateral programmes in education, English language, the arts, society and other areas in collaboration with partners. Our purpose is to build engagement and trust between people of different cultures through the exchange of knowledge and ideas.

The British Council’s Creative and Cultural Economy programme works to share experiences and build relationships between the UK and international partners working in this area.

As part of this programme, we have established a range of awards for creative entrepreneurs and cultural leaders, as well as undertaken a range of work looking at mapping and policy making, skills and infrastructure. This programme runs in over 50 countries worldwide and has dynamic networks of creative practitioners, businesses, policy makers and leaders at its heart.
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Through this programme, we have experience of bringing people together to tackle international issues and challenges that affect the global creative and cultural economy, sharing best practice and finding new solutions.
The focus of our work to date has mainly been creative entrepreneurs and policy-makers.


The establishment of this network will enable us to capitalise on expertise and partnerships about creative entrepreneurship that we have built through this work, as well as our experience of working with schools through other education projects.
We are an active member of EUNIC (European Network of National Cultural Institutes).

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