Industry calls on MPs to maintain
support for creative sectors

 

 Value of UK creative industries

Above: key stats on the UK creative industries, downloadable here.

 

On Monday 9th March 2015, at a cross-party gathering of Ministers, MPs and Peers, industry members of the Creative Industries Council (CIC) will urge political parties to continue working with industry to ensure the global success of the UK’s creative industries after the General Election.

Leading figures from the creative industries will call on politicians to make the sector, which brings in £8.8m per hour to the UK economy, a priority for the new Government after May 7 and ask policy-makers to nurture the long-term growth of the sector as part of their overall industrial strategies. 

Nicola Mendelsohn, VP EMEA Facebook and co-chair of the Creative Industries Council, will say: “Create UK is a less than a year old but is already showing what can be done when the creative industries work together towards shared goals. Businesses in creative markets as ostensibly different as videogames and craft have come together – now we need politicians to reach a similar consensus.

“The creative industries are a global success story and an important source of future job creation at home. We need stable, long-term policies to support investment and planning for the next generation of creative successes.”

The House of Commons event will celebrate the progress made since the launch of Create UK – a strategy which, for the first time, presented a unified voice from sectors as diverse as fashion, publishing and video games. Progress made includes:

  • A 114% increase in the rise of overseas business wins by creative enterprises, supported by UK Trade & Investment
  • Better Business Finance – a new online tool to help businesses find available funding and monetize IP
  • Launch of Hiive, a new professional network for creative people, businesses and educators to connect, collaborate and grow together (www.hiive.co.uk)
  • A pioneering study into the location of creative and tech clusters across Britain which will be used to establish priority areas for infrastructure.

Speaking at the event will be Culture Secretary, the Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP, Business Secretary the Rt Hon Dr Vince Cable MP, Chris Bryant MP, the Shadow Minister for Culture, Media and Sport and Riccardo Zacconi, CEO of King.

Download the full release here.

You can also download infographics on the size of service exports from the UK creative industries and of the number of jobs in the UK creative economy.