Creative Industries Council

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This website is a product of the Creative Industries Council, a joint forum between the creative industries and government. Set up to be a voice for creative industries, the council focus on areas where there are barriers to growth facing the sector, such as access to finance, skills, export markets, regulation, intellectual property (IP) and infrastructure.

Council members are leading figureheads drawn from across the creative and digital industries including TV, computer games, fashion, music, arts, publishing and film. For more information on the CIC, visit this page.




We work with two types of partners:

  • Industry partners, comprising leading organisations in creative sectors, listed below.
  • Commercial partners, comprising providers of service to creative sectors.

If you are interested in becoming a partner of the site, please contact Janet Hull.


Industry partners (Listed A-Z)




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Arts Council England is the national development agency for the arts in England, distributing public money from the Government and the National Lottery. It champions, develops and invests in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people's lives. 

It supports a range of activities across the arts, museums and libraries - from theatre to digital art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections. 

Contact details:

21 Bloomsbury Street
Tel: 0845 300 6200
Fax: 020 7973 6564
Textphone: 020 7608 4100

For more information, visit




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The BFI is the lead organisation for film in the UK with the ambition to create a flourishing film environment in which innovation, opportunity and creativity can thrive. It achieves this by:

  • Connecting audiences to the widest choice of British and World cinema
  • Championing emerging and world class film makers in the UK
  • Investing in creative, distinctive and entertaining work
  • Promoting British film and talent to the world 
  • Growing the next generation of film makers and audiences
  • Preserving and restoring the most significant film collection in the world for today and future generations
  • Working with partners to advance the position of film in the UK

Read its five year strategy for film in the UK here:

The BFI was founded in 1933 and is a charity core-funded by Government and governed by a Royal Charter. The BFI combines cultural, creative and industrial roles, bringing together the BFI National Archive and BFI Reuben Library, film distribution, exhibition and education at BFI Southbank and BFI IMAX, publishing and festivals. The BFI awards lottery funding to film production, distribution, education, audience development and market intelligence and research.

Contact details:

BFI offices
21 Stephen Street

T: +44 (0)207 255 1444




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The British Council is the UK's international organisation for educational opportunities and cultural relations. 

It creates international opportunities for the people of the UK and other countries and builds trust worldwide. It is on the ground in over 100 countries and works with millions of people, connecting them with the United Kingdom, sharing cultures and the UK’s most attractive assets: English, the Arts, Education and the UK's ways of living and organising society.

For more information, visit




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The British Fashion Council promotes leading British fashion designers in a global market. Its events and initiatives support and strengthen the UK's reputation for design excellence.  It is committed to nurturing a sector which is a significant contributor to the UK economy.

Contact details
Judith Rosser-Davies
Project Advisor
British Fashion Council
Somerset House,
South Wing,
Tel: +44 (0)207 759 1999
Fax: +44 (0)207 759 1998
DL: +44 (0) 207 759 1974
Mobile: +44 (0)7786 528 345


british film commission


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The British Film Commission (BFC) is the UK government's national agency responsible for maximising and supporting the production of international feature film and television in the UK.

With offices in the UK and the US, the BFC provides free tailored production support at the highest level from the earliest stages of development through to post production. This includes guidance on the UK's film and television tax reliefs, and assistance with sourcing key crew, talent, facilities and locations.

Contact details:

UK office
T: +44 (0)20 7613 7675
F: +44 (0)20 7613 7677

US office
T: +1.310.843.2909


The Chartered Institute of Marketing 


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For over 100 years, The Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) has been supporting, developing and representing marketers, teams, leaders and the marketing profession as a whole. As the largest professional marketing body in the world, CIM offers membership and career development, professional marketing qualifications, training courses and helps businesses grow with tailored support to enhance marketing capability.

As the only body able to award Chartered Marketer status, its code of practice and focus on professionalism give members the edge in a world where trust and authenticity are essential for brand value.

Creativity is at the core of successful business and the CIM’s vision is for professional, responsible marketing to be recognised as playing a pivotal role – harnessing, integrating and acting on customer insight to drive strategy and growth.  It help individuals and organisations develop the knowledge, skills and capability to make that happen. With 163 study centres in 39 countries and examination centres in 79, it is known and respected worldwide as a trusted exporter of UK marketing know-how.

Its networks have breadth, depth and diversity – making it not just the largest community of marketers, but one with impact.  It is independent, trusted and connected, with access to unmatched ideas, insights and resources to help marketers move quickly from problem diagnosis to practical solutions.

CIM is based alongside its own conference centre and hotel at Moor Hall in Cookham, Berkshire.

Contact details:
Steve Woolley
Head of External Affairs
CIM Moor Hall
T: +44(0)1628 427500


Crafts council


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The Crafts Council is the national development agency for contemporary craft in the UK. Its goal is to make the UK the best place to make, see, collect and learn about contemporary craft. Strategic partnerships enable it to develop initiatives across the country.

Contact details:
Jill Read

Communications Manager
Crafts Council 
+ 44 (0) 207 806 2500 (reception)

44a Pentonville Road
N1 9BY


Creative & Cultural Skills


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Creative & Cultural Skills is the licensed Sector Skills Council for the UK’s creative and cultural industries, including craft, cultural heritage, design, literature, music, performing arts and visual arts.

Its goal is to enable the creative and cultural industries to reach their economic potential through relevant skills and training. It works in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales and with international partners.

For more information visit


Creative England

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Creative England invests in and supports creative ideas, talent and businesses in film, TV, games and digital media. It aims to grow the brightest, the best, and those with the most promise so that individuals and businesses can achieve their full creative and commercial potential. It helps identify future opportunities to grow the economy and generate jobs.

With offices in Salford, Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, Nottingham and Elstree Studios, it is a national agency with strong local and regional links.

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Creative Skillset

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Creative Skillset empowers the creative industries to develop skills and talent. It influences and shapes policy and secures vital investment for individuals to become the best in their field and for businesses to grow.

As an industry body for the creative industries, it works across film, television, radio, animation, visual effects, games, fashion, textiles, publishing, advertising and marketing communications.

Contact details:

Creative Skillset
Focus Point
21 Caledonian Road
N1 9GB

T: +44 (0)207 713 9800

For more information, visit

Contact on diversity:

Jane Saunders
Creative Skillset
T:+44 (0)207 713 9800


Department for digital, Culture, media and sport

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport is a UK government department working to drive growth, enrich lives and promote Britain abroad. It aims to protect and promote the UK's cultural and artistic heritage and help businesses and communities to grow by investing in innovation and highlighting Britain as a fantastic place to visit. It helps to give the UK a unique advantage on the global stage, striving for economic success to make Britain the world's most creative and exciting place to live, visit and do business. 

For more information, visit


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The Department for International Trade is a UK Government department working with businesses based in the United Kingdom to ensure their success in international markets, and encourage the best overseas companies to look to the UK as their global partner of choice. It helps UK-based exporters succeed globally and assists overseas companies to bring high quality investment to the UK.

Contact details:

John Durkan
Sector Manager
Creative Industries



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The Design Council champions great design. That means design which improves lives and makes things better.

As an enterprising charity, the Design Council's work places design at the heart of creating value by stimulating innovation in business and public services, improving our built environment and tackling complex social issues such as ageing and obesity.

It inspires new design thinking, encourages public debate and informs government policy to improve everyday life and help meet tomorrow’s challenges today.

Contact details:

Design Council
Angel Building
407 St John Street
London EC1V 4AB
United Kingdom
Tel: +44(0)207 420 5200
Fax: +44(0)207 420 5300




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The GREAT Britain campaign is a UK government campaign that showcases the very best of what Britain has to offer. It welcomes the world to visit, study and do business with the UK.

For more information, visit




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Innovate UK is the new name for the Technology Strategy Board. As the UK's innovation agency, its aim is simple – to accelerate economic growth by stimulating and supporting business-led innovation.

As part of its strategy for the creative industries, Innovate UK expects to invest up to £30m between 2013 and 2016 to support the development of new products and services to enable the distribution of content across different platforms and devices. The organisation has identified opportunties for innovation as a result of trends such as ongoing digitisation, audience fragmentation, changing users' behaviour, disintermediation and convergence.

Innovate UK has collaborated with a number of other organisations to produce an overview of funding and busines support options for creative businesses.

For more information about Innovate UK. visit this page.




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The Institute of Practitioners in Advertising (IPA) is the professional body for advertising, media and marketing communications agencies based in the United Kingdom. Established in 1917 as a not-for-profit membership body, our role is to inspire, promote, anticipate and serve our community of the brightest and best 20,000 people in the business. For all the 305 agency brands in the 231 trading companies in membership we provide core support services.

By promoting the value of agencies our aim is to influence the wider business, social and regulatory worlds so that our members can thrive and prosper. This means helping the advertising and media sector manage an annual investment in marketing expenditure of approximately £30 billion for over 3,000 companies and 5,000 brands.

We are active supporters of Government initiatives to promote the UK’s creative industries to brand owners in mature and emerging markets. Current programmes cover Brazil, China and India. We also work in close collaboration with other advertising-related industry trade bodies.

IPA membership is seen as a sign of professional competence due to its strict entry criteria which include a mandatory professional development programme and a minimum level of gross operating income. Our members are also actively involved in driving the many initiatives and annual training and awards programmes run by the IPA.

The IPA has offices in London (see address below), Blyth and Edinburgh. 

Contact details:

Janet Hull
Director of Marketing and Reputation management
44 Belgrave Square
Switchboard: +44 (0)207 235 7020

Diversity contact:

Leila Siddiqi
Head of Diversity
0207 201 8265

More information on the IPA's commitment to diversity here.

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Kingston Smith (Commercial partner)


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Kingston Smith is a top 20 UK accountancy firm, providing a full range of audit, accountancy, tax and corporate finance services, and ad hoc advisory service.

Based in London’s West End, it has clients in creative sectors, including film, TV and commercial production, media technology, gaming, publishing and marketing services. More

Contact details:

Edwina Kesner
Kingston Smith LLP
Devonshire House
60 Goswell Road


lewis silkin (commercial partner)

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Lewis Silkin is a UK law firm with 58 partners and a staff of around 300, with offices in London, Oxford, Cardiff and Hong Kong. It provides insight and advice to creative, innovative and brand-focused businesses. More



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Nesta is a global innovation foundation.  It backs new ideas to tackle the big challenges of our time.  Nesta uses its knowledge, networks, funding and skills - working in partnership with others, including governments, businesses and charities. Nesta is a UK charity that works all over the world, supported by a financial endowment.

To find out more visit

Contact details:

58 Victoria Embankment
Tel: +44 (0)207 438 2500


The News Media Association



The News Media Association is the voice of national, regional and local news media organisations in the UK – a £6 billion sector read by 42 million adults every month in print and online.  The NMA exists to promote the interests of news media publishers to Government, regulatory authorities, industry bodies and other organisations whose work affects the industry.

Contact details:

News Media Association
292 Vauxhall Bridge Road

For more information, visit




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Pact is the UK trade association representing and promoting the commercial interests of independent feature film, television, digital, children's and animation media companies. It offers a comprehensive support service for members in terms of legal and business affairs advice. This includes access to a library of contracts and advice documents which help TV and film-makers do business.

A key part of Pact's work involves engaging with government organisations at local, regional, national and European level as well as negotiating minimum terms with the major UK broadcasters and other content buyers.

Contact details:
Amber Vassiliou
Head of Communications
3rd Floor,
Fitzrovia House,
153-157 Cleveland Street,
W1T 6QW.
M: 07900 789129

For more information visit,

Diversity contact:
Anjani Patel
Head of Diversity

More on Pact's diversity initiatives here


the PUblishers assocation

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The Publishers Association (PA) is the trade organisation serving book, journal, audio and electronic publishers in the UK.

The PA's mission is to strengthen the trading environment for UK publishers, by providing a strong voice for the industry in government, within society and with other stakeholders in the UK, in Europe and internationally; providing a forum for the exchange of non-competitive information between publishers; and providing support and guidance to the industry through technological and other changes.

Contact details:

The Publishers Association
29b Montague Street
London WC1B 5BW
Tel: +44 (0)207 691 9191
Fax: +44 (0)207 691 9199

Diversity Contacts:
Seonaid MacLeod, Campaigns Manager
Emma House, Director of Publisher Relations

For more information, visit



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The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) champions better buildings, communities and the environment through architecture and our members. 

With government, it works to improve the design quality of public buildings, new homes and new communities.

It also holds one of the largest and most important collections of architectural drawings, photographs and archives in the world, and stages talks, exhibitions, events and awards (including the prestigious RIBA Stirling Prize) that help people see their surroundings in a completely new way.

Contact details
66 Portland Place
Tel: +44 (0)20 7580 5533
Fax: +44 (0)20 7255 1541
Email: or




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Ukie is the trade body for the UK’s wider interactive entertainment industry. It exists to champion the interests, needs and positive image of the videogames and interactive entertainment industry whose companies make up our membership.

It strives to help ensure that members from the videogames and wider interactive entertainment industry have the right economic, political and social environment needed for this expanding industry to thrive.

For more information, visit


UK Music


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UK Music is a campaigning and lobbying group, which represents every part of the UK's recorded and live music industry.  

It promotes the interests of record labels, songwriters, musicians, managers, publishers, producers, promoters and collecting societies through high profile campaigns and events. It also draws up policy to deal with issues impacting the industry, engages in high level political lobbying to ensure any new legislation benefits its members, and undertakes extensive and ground-breaking research to track market trends and forecast future business opportunities.

Contact details:
Eva Lamont
Events & Communications Officer
UK Music
4th Floor
49 Whitehall
T: +44 (0) 203 713 8451

Twitter: @UK_Music

Contact for diversity information:
Ele Hill
T: +44(0)203 713 8444



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Knowledge Transfer Network


The Knowledge Transfer Network is a new company launched on April 1st, 2014. Its primary goal is to help UK industry profit and grow from innovative technology enabled products, processes and services.

The KTN accelerates innovation; stimulating and facilitating the conversion of ideas into new products and services that benefit the UK economically, socially and environmentally. It employs over 150 connectors, who are literate in the worlds of business, design and science, to build links between sectors, bringing together people who wouldn't usually meet, and fostering creativity across all domains of technology.

Contact details:
Alison Buckley
Marketing and Communications Manager
Tel: +44 (0)1928 513442