Culture, Heritage, Communities and Local Economies

The Cultural Engine

Providing expert and friendly support for organisations making a difference in their communities and improving local economies.

We partner with Local Authorities, Government Agencies, Universities, Trusts, Charities and other Community or Social Organisations by providing capacity and knowledge to:

  • Identify & secure funding.
  • Develop, manage & deliver projects.
  • Write relevant & deliverable strategies.
  • Support business planning & operational development.
  • Nurturing excellent cross-sector partnerships.
  • Undertake research.

Our Services

In order to complete a successful project there are a number of different skillsets that are important to make a successful proposal become a reality. We are well skilled in a number of fields and can help you in a number of ways to reach your goals with a wide range of skillsets.

Case Studies

Southend Cycle Hub

Working with Sustainable Motion CIC and Southend Borough Council to develop a business case to secure Local Sustainable Transport Funding for a new Cycle Hub at Southend Central Station. We…

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Resorting to the Coast – Tendring Coastal Towns

Working with Essex County Council and many local partners we developed the ‘Resorting to the Coast’ stage 2 HLF application which included writing a comprehensive interpretation strategy about the undiscovered…

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Coastal Community Teams and Economic Plans

Demonstrating our excellent understanding of how to develop local economic strategies working closely with stakeholders and communities, we have led the development of three Economic Plans for the coastal areas…

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Latest from the News/Blog

CERG Talk at Royal Geographical Society – 1st September 2023 (2pm)

A Cultural Engine Research Group talk, we will present an initial paper blending interdisciplinary emotion research (from mental health, social psychology and affect theory) and ‘on the ground’ non-academic expertise of delivering local heritage projects in Essex. The ambition will be to influence and impact local policy around levelling-up and pride in place policy. Giles…


Next CERG event on 7th Sept at Conway Hall

Is Toby Young, former non-executive director at the Office for Students, right to denigrate (modern) university provision when he states, ‘why spend three years doing media studies at a second-rate university when you could find a better-paid job after getting a qualification in a skilled occupation at a further education college – and without a…


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