Creative England and Creative industries Federation join forces


Caroline Norbury & Alan Bishop (650px)

(Above: Alan Bishop, CEO of Creative Industries Federation, and Caroline Norbury, CEO and Founder of Creative England. Image: Creative England)


Creative England and the Creative Industries Federation are joining forces, with the united organisation expected to launch in the spring of 2020.

The two organisations today announced that in December, Caroline Norbury, Founder and Chief Executive of Creative England, will become the CEO of the new organisation. Rick Haythornthwaite, currently Chairman of the Creative Industries Federation, will become the joint organisation's Chair, and Alan Bishop, currently CEO of the Federation, will commit to a new non-executive role. 

In a joint statement, the two organisations said: "By combining the Creative Industries Federation’s history of bringing together UK-wide networks and as an advocate and champion for the sector with Creative England’s significant experience uncovering, investing in and growing creative businesses beyond London, we believe that we will be able to make a greater difference than would be possible alone.

"At a very broad level, our objectives are clear. Through this united organisation, Creative England and the Creative Industries Federation will be better placed to bring together SMEs, creators, freelancers and start-ups with big brands; to represent and champion the interdependent commercial and subsidised elements of the creative industries; to support creative businesses at grassroots level; and to work with partners to secure the success of the creative economy in every region of the UK and across the devolved nations."  

The two organisations are inviting interested parties to share their views on the announcement.

See more info on the statement and a survey link here.