Impact report: chapter 2

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15/07/2020

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Design Council knows that businesses that use design perform better than those that do not. For a resilient UK economy, we need businesses to use design to maximise their performance. This second chapter in our Making life better by design series reflects on how Design Council has helped a wide range of businesses and social enterprises at critical points.

It outlines key achievements including: how we have helped organisations to grow in the UK and international markets; enabled businesses to weather the 2008 recession; and supported and funded entrepreneurs to fast-track inclusive innovative products to market. In 2020 Design Council is embarking on a series of projects to test market demand for a new business offer. We want to support SMEs to be more resilient to the challenges they will have to face during the predicted recession, and also to use this opportunity to support more inclusive and sustainable practices.

In this chapter you will find information on:

Case Study: Transform Ageing

Transform Ageing, funded by The National Lottery Community Fund, was a pioneering programme taking a community and design-led approach to improve people’s experience of ageing. The programme has been delivered through a partnership of Design Council, UnLtd, South West Academic Health Science Network and the Centre for Ageing Better. It brought together people in later life, social entrepreneurs, and health and social care leaders to define, develop and deliver new solutions that better support the needs and aspirations of our ageing communities.

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Designing for net zero is not ambitious enough warns Design Council Design Council launches new framework enabling designers to respond more effectively to climate crisis and other systemic challenges. Design Council launches new framework enabling designers to respond more effectively to climate crisis and other systemic challenges.

News — 22/04/2021

Design Council announces new network of design experts Multi-disciplinary, diverse community of practice set to address major social, environmental and economic challenges. Multi-disciplinary, diverse community of practice set to address major social, environmental and economic challenges.

News — 19/04/2021

Coming soon! Design Economy 2021. This summer we’ll be launching Design Economy 2021, the third in our ground-breaking research series on the value of design in the UK. This summer we’ll be launching Design Economy 2021, the third in our ground-breaking research series on the value of design in the UK.

News — 12/04/2021

Prince Philip, a true champion of design Our thoughts are with Her Majesty the Queen and her family as we all mourn the passing of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh. Our thoughts are with Her Majesty the Queen and her family as we all mourn the passing of His Royal Highness Prince Philip...

News — 09/04/2021

Initiative launched to find new ways to overcome inequalities in physical activity People with great ideas to tackle inequalities in physical activity are being invited to apply to Ideas to Action – a new programme delivered by Design Council, supported by Sport England and funded by the National Lottery. People with great ideas to tackle inequalities in physical activity are being invited to apply to Ideas to Action – a new programme!

News — 31/03/2021

Pioneering research set to provide most comprehensive picture to date on state of design in UK A project to develop new evaluation and research methods to capture the vast contribution design is making to the UK has been launched by Design Council. The research – which will be carried out on behalf of Design Council by the University of Arts London’s (UAL’s) Social Design Institute and BOP... A project to develop new evaluation and research methods to capture the vast contribution design is making to the UK has been launched by...

News — 01/03/2021

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