CICCIC Puts Taunton on Shanghai, China Map
Six senior ministers and government officials from China is visiting Taunton on Monday 13th July to learn how the creative industries and social enterprises can be nurtured and encouraged in Shanghai.
The group from Chongming County, Shanghai, is spending time at Creative Innovation Centre (CICCIC) in Paul Street, Taunton where ministers from economic, culture, human resources and television departments will present Shanghai challenges and look at business models that have worked in Taunton.
The six officials will be welcomed by CICCIC directors and Cllr Mark Edwards, Deputy Leader of Taunton Deane Borough Council who is familiar with China due to his business interests.
“The purpose of the visit is to understand the function and mission statement of CICCIC and how it provides support to local communities in which to promote the creative and innovation inspiration which creates commercial benefit to the market,” said Richard Holt, who co-founded the enterprise.
Mr Holt, who won a Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion, will explain how CICIC was set up and how it works to inspire people to use their creative skills to best effect.
“Other aims of the visit is to look at the practical challenges for creativity and social enterprises in Shanghai and how CICCIC’s model can enlighten the process” adds co-founder Andrew Knutt.
Cllr Edwards said: “I am looking forward to meeting the delegation and hope they can see how the creative industries can drive economic development. CICCIC is tremendously successful and brings real benefits to our community.
“The Council is very supportive of CICCIC and I will be able to explain how we work together to benefit our community. China is a world power economically and I am proud that we are able to showcase our initiatives to such a high-powered delegation.”