Creative industries outline an ambitious vision and strategy for 2020

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Businesses and Government cannot rest on their laurels if the UK shall maintain the position as a world leader for the creative industries. Launched at the Create UK event last wednesday, hosted by Facebook, attended by Vince Cable Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills and Sajid Javid, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport and Minister for Equalities, unites the creative industries and lays bare the significant role the sector will continue to play in the UK’s sustained economic growth. 

The market becomes increasingly competitive and internationalised.

The creative industries generated more than £71 billion gross value added in 2012 – a 9.4 per cent increase between 2011 and 2012; that surpasses the growth of any other UK industry sector. The creative industries support more than 1.71 million jobs and create 890K more jobs for other sectors and proves they reach to other parts of the supply chain. 

The Creative Industries Council (CIC) developed for and by these industries, identifies five priority areas fundamental to the future success of the sector.

  • By building an education and careers system that inspires and supports the next generation will increase employer engagement with schools and investment in skills will result in better opportunities for people from all backgrounds.
  • A focus on helping creative businesses gain the knowledge of how to access and secure finance to grow. Build a wide range of financing options and incentives available with an increased number of creative industries companies receiving investment.
  • Creating one of the most advanced communications infrastructures and regulatory environments in the world, will CIC ensure the UK is a competitive place to do business with the aim of being in the top 5 countries in the world for digital infrastructure. CIC will ensure intellectual property to promote a strong and balanced copyright regime at home and abroad.
  • Through exports and inwards investment, the strategy aiming to bubble the value of creative industries services from 15.5 billion in 2011 to £31 billion in 2020 by getting more UK creative businesses exporting and assisting 15,000 companies.

British designers, musicians and filmmakers have put the UK on the world map with their creative talent.


                        Nicola Mendelsohn, Facebook’s Vice President of EMEA and Co-Chair of the Creative Industries Council

According to Nicola Mendelsohn, the #CreateUK campaign sees the industry and government come together to celebrate the best of the UK Creative Industries. "The sector plays a significant role in the UK economy and together we need to inspiring and equipping the next generation of talent; helping creative businesses to start-up and grow; and maintaining the UK’s international competitiveness."'

Business Secretary, Vince Cable said: "We want this sector to continue to thrive so it’s important that government and industry keep working together to foster the right environment for creative industries to succeed and inspire young people to follow in the footsteps of the many creative heavyweights that Britain has produced."

"From film to video games, fashion to architecture, our world leading creative industries are a veritable powerhouse.", says Culture Secretary Sajid Javid.  

"I have been continually impressed by the energy, creativity and entrepreneurial spirit in the sector - they are an integral part of what makes Britain great and the Create UK campaign will be instrumental in promoting the sector both here and abroad. ”


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