Today’s referendum result is a significant moment for the UK’s design sector, as it is for the country as a whole.

The imperative now is to sustain the UK’s competitive edge in the world economy. Design plays a critical role linking innovation to creativity, boosting the economy and improving the quality of the built environment. Design is a significant contributor to UK growth; between 2009 – 2013, the design economy has grown faster than the UK economy as a whole and contributes £71.1bn in gross value added (GVA), equivalent to 7.2% of UK total GVA.

During the coming period of expected uncertainty, we at Design Council will focus on ensuring that design plays its part in boosting our economy and society. And we will work to ensure that design continues to be an engine for growth into the future.

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Government launches new National Design Guide completed by Tibbalds and Design Council A new visual design guide for the UK planning system completed by Tibbalds Planning and Urban Design and Design Council, working closely with the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG), has been launched. A new visual design guide for the UK planning system completed by Tibbalds Planning and Urban Design and Design Council

Feature — 08/10/2019

Design Council party conference round up 2019 At times over the last two months we couldn’t be sure that the party conference season would even take place. But now it is over, and we can look back on dramas inside the conference halls At times over the last two months we couldn’t be sure that the party conference season would even take place. But now it is over.

News — 04/10/2019

Designing products for people in later life – meet the Spark ventures Since 2014, Spark has helped more than 140 entrepreneurs across the country get their ideas off the ground, focussing on developing products which tackle societal challenges such as ageing. Since 2014, Spark has helped more than 140 entrepreneurs across the country get their ideas off the ground, focussing on developing products

Feature — 26/09/2019

Transform Ageing through Design Here are three films that demonstrate the impact social entrepreneurs are making in their communities and how we supported them to develop and deliver innovative product and service solutions. Here are three films that demonstrate the impact social entrepreneurs are making in their communities.

Feature — 25/09/2019

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