Culture one of government’s favoured industries
The creative industries are one of five sectors named by Theresa May to receive special support in the government’s new industrial strategy.
The first time the sector has been included in a major industrial strategy, it is named alongside life sciences, low carbon emission vehicles, industrial digitalisation and the nuclear industry.
The announcement follows remarks by business secretary Greg Clark two weeks ago at the Creative Industries Federation (CIF) second anniversary celebrations. “Two million people employed in all parts of the UK, a quarter of a million businesses - you make Britain what we are but you also tell the world what Britain can do” he said then. “We’re developing an industrial strategy for the UK and any good strategy of course has to build on its strengths. You couldn’t fail to have the creative industries as absolutely foundational to that industrial strategy. You will see that you have a big part to play in that”.
The inclusion is being hailed as a triumph for the (CIF). Sir John Sorrell, Federation founder and chair, said: "I founded the Creative Industries Federation because for decades the sector had been under-represented in government” said Sir John Sorrell, the CIF’s chairman. “Recognition of the economic contribution and the potential for growth across the whole of the country is exactly what we wanted to achieve”.
He said the industrial strategy should build on the sector’s record of success as well as insulate it from some of the immediate challenges of Brexit. Support for skills, infrastructure, funding, small businesses and expanding international trade could further accelerate growth in what is already the fastest-growing sector of the UK economy.