Answer to UK’s post-Brexit future: creative industries

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The government needs to rethink its approach to business to allow the creative industries to take a lead in the post-Brexit economy, the Creative Industries Federation has told trade secretary Greg Clark.

In a submission published today, the CIF calls for the creative industries to be part of the new industrial strategy, with new creative enterprise zones across the UK, modelled on the government enterprise zone programme; a “business booster” network in the form of a national centre for growth; and a creative careers campaign to challenge what the report calls misleading and inadequate careers advice.

The CIF blueprint has been submitted to the government’s green paper consultation on a new industrial strategy which closes on Monday.

“We today call on the government to put the creative industries at the heart of its 21st century business strategy and to recognise that they will be as important to future economic success as traditional industries such as cars or oil and gas” said John Kampfner, CEO of the CIF. “There has been a tendency to dismiss the creative industries as something lightweight while claiming the glory of billions of pounds in trade that comes from hits such as War Horse, Sherlock and Slumdog Millionaire.

“Our blueprint presents an ambitious vision combined with practical ideas, not just for increasing growth in the creative industries, but also for delivering growth and success for the wider economy and country.”

He said the new strategy offers a once in a generation opportunity to build a modern British economy on the creative industries and other innovative sectors such as science and tech.



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