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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 the creative industries, the focus of the council's work is on areas where there are barriers to growth facing the sector, such as access to finance, skills, export markets, inward investment, 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, CIM has supported, represented and developed marketers, teams, leaders and the profession. We’re the world’s leading professional marketing body with over 28,000 members worldwide, including more than 3,000 Chartered Marketers. We believe marketing is the critical factor in driving long term organisational performance. Our mission is to create marketing advantage for the benefit of professionals, business and society.

In a world of increasing competition, transparency and change, finding a valued business advantage has never been as challenging. CIM strives for business leaders and opinion formers to recognise the positive contribution professional marketing can bring to their organisations, the economy and wider society.

With 130 CIM study centres, in 36 countries, delivering our world-renowned qualifications and over 90 training courses, we’re uniquely able to improve marketing capability at an individual and business level.

Contact details:
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

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.

For more information visit,




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The Creative Industries Federation is a membership body which represents, champions and supports the UK’s creative industries.

Through its network of creative organisations, influential policy and advocacy work and extensive, UK-wide events programme, the Federation supports and celebrates the work of its members. 

Its membership network comprises more than 10,000 individuals from creative organisations, businesses and educational institutions throughout the UK.

It advocates on the issues that matter most to its creative community, such as creative careers and skills, the impact of Brexit and the importance of entrepreneurship and growth. It brings together its members to facilitate valuable connections and collaborations that generate new ideas and foster both artistic and commercial successes.


Contact details:

22 Endell Street
Covent Garden
T: 020 3771 0350


Creative Skillset (now Screen Skills - see below)


Department for digital, Culture, media and sport

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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. You can also find a calendar of DIT events and a schedule of ministerial visits.

Visit for the Government's services for exporters, both occasional and regular ones. This site offers features such as a directory of export opportunities, a creative supplier database and service linking international buyers with UK-based suppliers of creative services.


Contact details:

John Durkan
Sector Manager
Creative Industries

China contacts:

Name                                  甘露
job title                               商务领事/基建,创意产业与体育中国区主管
address                               上海市北京西路968号17楼英国中心
area(s) of responsibility    基础建设,创意产业与体育


Name                                  张炎
job title                               创意产业与体育华北区主管
address                               北京市光华路11号 英国大使馆
area(s) of responsibility     创意产业与体育


Name                                  高歌
job title                               创意产业与体育华北区高级贸易投资官员
address                               北京市光华路11号 英国大使馆
area(s) of responsibility     创意产业与体育


Name                                  李激流
job title                               体育产业中国区主管
address                               北京市光华路11号 英国大使馆
area(s) of responsibility     体育


Name                                  付伊
job title                               创意产业与体育华东区主管
address                               上海市北京西路968号17楼英国中心
area(s) of responsibility    创意产业与体育


Name                                  朱冉
job title                               创意产业与体育华东区贸易投资官员
address                               上海市北京西路968号17楼英国中心
area(s) of responsibility   创意产业与体育


Name                                  郑靓
job title                               创意产业与体育华南区主管
address                               广州市珠江新城珠江西路5号
area(s) of responsibility    创意产业与体育


Name                                  戴凯文
job title                               食品与饮料,零售,创意,教育产业西南区域总监
address                               重庆市邹容路68号
area(s) of responsibility 食品与饮料,零售,创意产业与体育


Name                                  高竹林
job title                               食品与饮料,零售、创意、教育产业西南区域贸易投资官员
address                               重庆市邹容路68号
area(s) of responsibility     食品与饮料,零售,创意产业与体育


design business association

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Founded in 1986, the Design Business Association is the trade association for all those working in the field of design, supporting them and championing the transformative power of design. DBA membership consists of over 450 design consultancies and design-driven businesses, including many of the brightest and most respected names.

Membership of the DBA represents a commitment to effective design, a belief in quality, good working practices and of collegiate best practice sharing. Through programmes, services and activities, DBA trains, educate, recognise and celebrate the power of effective design and professional practices in small and large organisations globally.

DBA knows that design is an economic force and source of global influence. It works with its members, and the wider industry, to ensure that the upcoming challenges for the industry become opportunities to position design firmly as a strategic business competence.

DBA runs the internationally renowned DBA Design Effectiveness Awards that recognises the return-on-investment, a coherent, well-thought-out and professionally executed design strategy can achieve. Entered jointly by client and designer, and rigorously judged by business leaders in three rounds of judging, the Awards represent independent and authoritative recognition of the value of design.

Contact details:
Deborah Dawton,
0207 251 9229
35-39 Old Street



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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 name for the former 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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Moore Kingston Smith (Commercial partner)

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Moore Kingston Smith is the only firm of accountants and advisers with a dedicated office of over 100 media specialists that proactively support the extensive range of needs of independent creative businesses – covering createch, marketing services, film, TV, entertainment, architecture and theatre.

We know it’s not just about the numbers. As well as providing accountancy, tax and corporate finance services, over the years, by working with some of the industry’s most successful companies, we have developed a deep understanding of what drives creative businesses. We use this experience to work in partnership with our clients to help maximise their growth and profit potential. We conduct extensive research into industry performance every year with a view to understanding not just the benchmarking data, but also identifying what the best performers do to achieve exceptional results. 

Our well-developed structured approach to our strategic advisory services helps our clients effectively manage risks, build revenues, attract and engage people and identify key opportunities to improve performance and enterprise value. All this means we are well placed to support our clients throughout the whole of their business lifecycle - from start up, through growth and international expansion, to exit. As part of Moore Global, we have a network of accountancy and advisory firms in over 100 countries behind us, giving our clients unrivalled expertise when looking to expand into unfamiliar territories.

Moore Kingston Smith Contact details:

Kingston Smith LLP
Devonshire House
60 Goswell Road

Edwina Kesner
Senior Marketing and Business Development Executive





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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.

Nesta has led the creation of the Creative Industries Policy & Evidence Centre

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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ScreenSkills works with every part of the UK's screen industries: animation, film, games, television including children's TV and high-end drama, VFX and immersive tech.

It works across the UK to ensure that these industries have the skills and talent they need.

Supporting talent at every level, from new entrants to programmes for mid-career professionals and executives, ScreenSkills provides insight, career development and other opportunities to help grow and sustain the skilled and inclusive workforce which is the foundation stone of the UK's global screen success.


Contact details:

94 Euston Road

For more information, visit




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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 is a campaigning and lobbying group which represents every part of the recorded and live music industry. It develops policies to underpin the industry’s ongoing commercial success, and communicates these policies to Westminster, thought leaders and the media. 

General Contact details:

UK Music
Savoy Hill House
7-10 Savoy Hill
London WC2R 0BU
T: 020 3713 8444

Twitter: @UK_Music

Contact for enquiries:

Jennifer Geddes
Digital Communications Officer

Contact for diversity information:

Felicity Oliver
Head of Parliamentary Affairs, Events & Diversity


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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