Simon Bland in Tech & Digital

10/03/2015

CIC Calls For Political Commitment to Maintain Success of UK Creative Industries Following General Election

Ministers, MPs and members of the Creative Industries Council (CIC) gathered at the House of Commons earlier this week, to urge political parties to continue investing in the success story that is the UK’s creative industries. 

Generating a massive £8.8 million an hour, the creative industries are thriving. Monday’s event called upon politicians to commit to the long-term growth of this fast-growing sector, whatever the outcome of May 7th.  

Culture Secretary Sajid Javid, Business Secretary Vince Cable and Shadow Minister for Culture, Media and Sport, Chris Bryant, joined key industry figures, including Facebook VP EMEA and CIC chair Nicola Mendelsohn on Monday. 

The event also celebrated the achievements of Create UK, a strategy designed to gather voices from the worlds of fashion, publishing and video games. Create UK’s successes include a 114% increase in overseas business wins by UK creative enterprises and the launch of Hiive, a professional network for creative people, businesses and educators. 

“We are incredibly proud of our creative industries,” said Culture Secretary Sajid Javid during the event. “They are a powerhouse in driving economic growth, outperforming all other sectors.

“From our introduction of new tax reliefs, to our nationwide rollout of Superfast Broadband, our message is clear - we are totally committed to supporting this fantastic sector, both now and well into the future.”

These comments were echoed by Business Secretary Vince Cable. “Creativity is something Britain is truly great at. In sectors ranging from music and animation, film and advertising, to design and architecture, we have world leading companies.”

Shadow Minister for Culture, Media and Sport Chris Bryant said arts education at school should be at the heart of the UK’s economic strategy. “Let’s put a stop to dissing artistic education in schools…let’s say that Ofsted will only be able to call a school outstanding if it is outstanding at arts and cultural opportunities for every single child.”

He also called for more apprenticeships that were “not just about unpaid internships” and for the industry to embrace diversity. 

Facebook VP and CIC chair Nicola Mendelsohn urged all parties to consider the Creative Industries in the months following May 7th. “The creative industries are a global success 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.”

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