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Thames Estuary Production Corridor

Fitted Rigging House, Chatham Historic Dockyard (courtesy of SELEP)TGKP has been working with partners via the South East Creative Economy Network (SECEN) and the Greater London Authority (GLA) to support the concept of a Thames Estuary Production Corridor (TEPC).  Building on the concentration of creative business clusters and facilities in the Thames Estuary, the aim is to develop and promote the corridor as a world class location for the creative industries.  

With over 16,000 creative and cultural production businesses already across the Estuary, the TEPC has the potential to grow a further 50,000 jobs and more than £3.7bn additional annual GVA, enhancing UK productivity and local prosperity.

The concept of the TEPC was described in a Vision document in 2017.  The TEPC received a further boost in 2018 when SECEN partners were awarded £4.3m Cultural Development Fund towards a £6.7m programme of activity in Kent and Essex including cultural research and development, training and mentoring for local organisations, events, re-purposing of public assets for creative production and new arts commissioning (see £4.3 million of new Government funding to develop the creative economy in North Kent).

This programme is now being delivered under the "Creative Estuary" brand, led by Project Director Emma Wilcox.

In July 2019 the GLA published "From Vision to Action", setting out in more detail the investment potential identified in the TEPC and the key actions that central and local government, businesses and investors, universities and colleges, developers and organisations can be taking to realise the creative industry growth potential offered in the Thames Estuary.

The TEPC Case for Investment was published on 21 July 2020 to coincide with the launch of the Thames Estuary Growth Board's Action Plan (see The Thames Estuary Context).


 Useful links:


South East Creative Economy Network

Greater London Authority

The TEPC partnership is a consortium involving SELEP, 11 local authority areas represented by Thames Gateway Kent Partnership and Opportunity South Essex, South East Creative Economy Network (SECEN), the GLA, Royal Docks and seven east London boroughs, University of Kent, University of Essex and cultural organisations Metal and Cement Fields (formerly Whitstable Biennale).