Supporting Design: National Business Support Programmes in the UK and South Korea


This paper discusses a comparative study of national business support programmes in design operated by National Design Centres (NDCs) in the UK and South Korea. The research identified the drivers for, and barriers to, implementing national support programmes in design and presents the recommendations for new approaches to the development and implementation of such programmes. The research findings illustrate that while there are some similarities in barriers to implementing such programmes, government support for businesses through NDCs differs in the two countries due to the different content and structure of programme delivery. The research findings also indicate that critical issues influencing national support in design are autonomy and respective organizations’ perspectives and purposes.


design policy, design strategy, national design programme, business support in design


Choi, Y, Lim, S & Evans, M (2012) Supporting Design - National Business Support Programmes in the UK and South Korea. The Design Journal,Vol. 15, No. 1, pp. 79-104

The Design Journal

Publication Date

1st of February 2012


No picture available Youngok Choi Brunel University
No picture available Sungwoo Lim Loughborough University
EvansEvans Martyn Evans Design, Design Management, Design Futures, Design Strategy, Design and Branding, Design Policy, Design Thinking, New Product Development