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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Feature — 21/10/2020

Design Council responds to Chancellor’s Winter Economy Plan Chancellor Riski Sunak announced the next steps of the UK’s economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. In response Design Council’s Chief Executive, Sarah Weir OBE, said... Chancellor Riski Sunak announced the next steps of the UK’s economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.

News — 25/09/2020

Sarah Weir OBE to step down as Design Council Chief Executive Sarah Weir OBE has announced that she will be stepping down as Chief Executive of Design Council after three and a half years at its helm, bringing to a close an illustrious career spanning 45 years. Her decision follows her diagnosis of a rare lung disease. Sarah Weir OBE has announced that she will be stepping down as Chief Executive of Design Council after three and a half years...

News — 17/09/2020

ReDesign Business: bringing the design industry and business together Launching at London Design Festival 2020, ReDesign Business is a pioneering digital programme exploring what design and business can learn from each other. Launching at London Design Festival 2020, ReDesign Business is a pioneering digital programme exploring what design and business can...

Feature — 03/09/2020

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