Testimonials for David Furmage (owner of Freshlook Innovation) via Linked-In:
anita bhalla Chair Creative City Partnership and PBL Ltd (Symphony Hall & Town Hall), Director Greater birmingham & solihull local enterprise partnership (GBSLEP), non ex B’ham Women’s Hospital
“David has a great track record of working with creative industries not only in this country but across Europe. He has an eye for detail around policy and a great deal of hands on experience. His extensive networks are spread across the UK and beyond.” July 3, 2016, Anita was David’s client
Lara Ratnaraja Consultant- Creative, Cultural and Digital Industries
“I have worked with David for many years in policy for the digital and creative industries. He is a tireless advocate for the sector, and has an expertise on developing well researched policy both nationally ad internationally.
He has an infectious enthusiasm and innovative programme ideas which make him a pleasure to work with. He makes links and connections with policy and strategy providing a solid foundation for activity that engages digital SMEs to support their growth and development of the sector as a whole.” July 2016, Lara was working with another organisation on the same project
CHARMING Stint Programme Manager, institute for the Creative Economy; Engaging with businesses-Creative Industries, Design, Health
“I’ve worked collaboratively with David on a number of occasions, including the Creative City Partnership New Thinking Conference held at Birmingham City University. David has a great sense of judgement and was instrumental in putting together a range of leading industry speakers, helping to shape the programme for the day. David’s attention to detail and his planning is spot on and I have always found him to be helpful, conscientious and dedicated. July 2016, Charmaine was working with another company when working with David
Charlotte Blottière Programs Deputy Director – EU & International Head Manager at Toulon Var Technologies (TVT Innovation)
“I’ve been able to work with David and Cluster2020 project partners for more than 2 years, a project that is testing new ideas with creative businesses to help regions implement better policies to support business growth. David has been the project leader, dealing, debating and negotiating with the EC expectations and the reality of the Creative Businesses field, for the best of the project!
David has been a very professional, efficient & relevant project manager, with great knowledge & competencies on European projects and their environment/context, as well as great communication and leading skills to work with any partner & partnership, in a kind, smooth, pleasant but always professional way.
I recommend David and the team of Coventry University (UK) to work with on European & International projects dealing with Creative & Cultural Industries, Innovation… and any other topic they’re working on! July 12, 2014, Charlotte was with another company when working with David at Coventry University Enterprises
Stuart WebB Head of Innovation Clusters and ICT policy at Advantage West Midlands
“David combined his considerable knowledge of the Creative and Digital Sector with excellent people skills. This enabled him to be an effective manager of the Screen, Image & Sound Cluster. He always cared about his work, often ‘going the extra mile’ to ensure that work was completed on time. He was a pleasure to manage and I am sure, whatever he turns his talents to next, will benefit from the enthusiasm that he brings to everything he does.” Dec 1st, 2009, Stuart managed David at Advantage West Midlands (Regional Development Agency)
RicharD HUTCHINS Deputy Chief Executive at Marketing Birmingham
“David is a hard working and conscientious individual who brought a passion and enthusiasm to his role. He has good communication and influencing skills, which encouraged diverse groups to work together whilst at AWM. He has good analytical skills, enabling him to develop effective strategies and projects. David’s first hand knowledge of running small businesses gives him a lot of credibility with business and public sector partners.” Dec 1st, 2009, Richard managed David indirectly at Advantage West Midlands.