Policy

For policymakers and creative stakeholder organisations: 

  • Developing Strategies, Policies, Programmes & Bids for local authorities, Local Enterprise Partnerships and stakeholder organisations

David Furmage & Freshlook Innovation provide consultancy services around Creative, Cultural & Digital policy. Including developing city and regional policies. Economic and business support policies, Innovation policies. Bid development and bid-writing.

  • European Specialist, adding value in the UK through Consortia building and collaborations post brexit

Freshlook and David Furmage have extensive contacts across Europe and have been actively engaged in European projects and practices for many years. We are currently offering collaboration and consultancy services to help stakeholders navigate the consequences of Brexit.

The UK decision to leave the EU sometime in 2018 has changed everything about the UK’s engagement with Europe. For two years there is an opportunity to participate in new European funding calls under for example Horizon 2020. After that point opportunities still exist to collaborate. A number of methods are being discussed to continue collaborations for the benefit of the EU and the UK, including setting up new European entities. Contact us to learn more.

  • Facilitating Cross-Innovation labs and Innovation brokerage, bringing different industries and stakeholders together to stimulate new collaborations and ultimately business growth

Cross Innovation has the potential to be a key driver of growth, but it is in area of activity that is only recently becoming understood. David Furmage is an Innovation broker, able to advice on how best to stimulate these essential new connections across industries. We can broker connections between creative and digital businesses and other sectors,  bringing different industries and stakeholders together to stimulate new collaborations and ultimately growth in new products and services.


David Furmage has considerable experience developing programmes and writing bids. He has written successful European Bids (for both Competitiveness & Innovation Framework and ERDF). His background working for the RDA’s (regional development agencies) meant he assessed bids and therefore is well versed in the need for clear bid objectives, outputs, outcomes and value for money measures. He has also developed regional Growth Fund, FP7, Innovate UK and NESTA bids.

David has developed and written a wide range of programme and policy strategies, including for the European Creative Industries Alliance. See the publications page for more details.


David Furmage has considerable experience running events, seminars and workshops. He has spoken at events all over Europe on Creative & Digital Industries, both with businesses and with policy and strategy stakeholders.

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David has spoken in Brussels for European Commission, Lisbon for British Council, Barcelona & Munich for European Creative Industries Alliance to name just a few!