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Conclusions and policy recommendations As the previous chapters have shown, the

shows, some 45% of entrepreneurs in the cluster

Brighton Fuse project has generated a number of

have an A&H background, including entrepreneurs

surprising and informative insights that advance

behind some of the most successful firms. Moreover,

our understanding of the processes of collective

fused and superfused firms that integrated A&H

innovation in a modern, dynamic industrial cluster.

with technical STEM skills performed very strongly,

The Brighton Fuse project builds on previous

generating growth rates of 14.7% in the middle of a

research on geographic clusters and digital creative

major economic recession.

industries using high quality qualitative and quantitative data that capture a significant number of

The clear implication of these findings is that we

firms and institutions in the cluster.

should move away from thinking that the arts

In this final chapter, we will highlight key findings

economic growth generated by natural sciences and

and discuss their general implications for our

engineering. The arts and humanities are part of the

understanding of digital industrial clusters, in order

engine of the UK economy, not an optional aesthetic

to generate specific recommendations from the data.

detail on the upholstery. Arts and humanities feed

and humanities are a luxury subsidised by the

into improved design and better design helps

1. The arts and humanities and interdisciplinary interactions are a key source of innovation and economic growth

products and services do their job better. The majority of innovation in the UK is service based and therefore is likely to draw on design, process innovations, software and softer organisational and

The single most important finding from the project

marketing changes rather than just R&D. While the

is to highlight the economic importance of arts and

arts and humanities enhance our culture and quality

humanities (A&H) as sources of innovation and

of life, they also support an innovative, dynamic

economic growth. While this has been suggested

service economy and should be recognised as such.

before, this project provides solid evidence about just how important the arts and humanities are to

The second key finding from the project is to show

innovation in a UK sector. Moreover, it shows how

the economic value that comes from interdisciplinary

A&H skills can lead to significant economic growth

integration. The fused and superfused firms that

when fused with technical STEM skills. As the data

integrated creative A&H skills with creative technical


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