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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100 days to COP26 It’s 100 days to go until COP26 - the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference - and the most important summit on climate change in a generation. It’s 100 days to go until COP26 - the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference - and the most important summit on climate change in a g

News — 23/07/2021

Invitation to tender: research on the social, environmental and economic value of design Design Council is inviting proposals to deliver research exploring the social, environmental and economic value of design to the UK. Through a series of three tenders, we are seeking to commission research organisations or consortia to deliver one or more work packages set out below. Design Council is inviting proposals to deliver research exploring the social, environmental and economic value of design to the UK.

News — 08/07/2021

Tender opportunity for production team We are looking for a production team to produce a 2-day Design x Climate Festival alongside COP26 at Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park (date tbc but between 7-12 November), which brings together designers from across disciplines, regions of the UK and different types of diverse backgrounds... We are looking for a production team to produce a 2-day Design x Climate Festival alongside COP26 at Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park

News — 01/07/2021

Tender opportunity for film-makers We are looking for a powerful film as part of a campaign to show the pivotal role of design in addressing the climate crisis. We are looking for a powerful film as part of a campaign to show the pivotal role of design in addressing the climate crisis.

News — 01/07/2021

Design in the Public Sector ‘Climate Action’ Final Showcase  The Design in the Public Sector programme, delivered in partnership with the Local Government Association, supports public sector leaders to explore key challenges affecting their local communities and identify innovative opportunities to deliver positive and sustainable change. The Design in the Public Sector programme, delivered in partnership with the Local Government Association, supports public sector leaders...

News — 27/05/2021

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News — 22/04/2021

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