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Creative Industries Council meets at Birmingham’s Fazeley Studios…

Submitted by on February 17, 2016 – 6:00 am |

Ed Vaizey, Digital Economy MinisterThe Culture Secretary, the Business Secretary, the CEO of the British Fashion Council and other leaders from the UK’s Creative Industries were among the attendees at the meeting which took place at Birmingham’s Fazeley Studios earlier this week (8.02.16) – the first meeting outside of London – and one that had a special focus on what support can be given to creative businesses in the regions.

Within the meeting the Council announced the setting up of a new subgroup which will focus on driving economic growth for the creative industries right across England. The group will focus on bringing together businesses and universities in a collaborative approach helping to ensure the sector continues to grow.

The subgroup will look at following areas:

  • National policy initiatives with a direct impact on the success of local and regional creative economies (e.g. infrastructure, fiscal policy, export promotion, economic growth, major capital investments, incentivising collaboration between local and regional bodies)
  • Local and regional initiatives (e.g. productivity issues, science and innovation audits, better data, growth hubs, LEP powers, Mayors’ powers)
  • Initiatives that assist the development of a more holistic ‘creative economy’ approach that recognises the importance of place, the need to build on distinctive local strengths and assets, the extent to which employment, skills, education, cultural activity and civic amenities all impact on each other at city and ‘sub-national’ level.

Some useful facts and stats:

  • The Creative Industries are now worth £84.1 billion a year to the UK’s economy which equates to £9.6 million every hour
  • The West Midlands were a fitting setting for the meeting – there are more than 107,000 creative industry jobs in the region alone, and is particularly strong in the music, performance and visual arts.
  • West Midland’s own Slug Disco Studios from Sutton Coldfield were recently one of 24 winners from across the UK to be awarded a UK Games Fund grant which was set up to support smaller video games production companies.
  • The Council is made up of leaders from across the creative and digital industries including TV, video games, fashion, music, arts, publishing and film. The Council was set up to be a voice for the sector and a forum in which they can address issues such as access to finance, skills, intellectual property etc.

Minister for Culture and the Digital Economy Ed Vaizey said:

“I am delighted that the Creative Industries Council has met in Birmingham – taking us out of London and to the heart of the Midlands engine. This city has a rich creative and cultural history – from Peaky Blinders to Benjamin Zephaniah, Birmingham continues to excite and inspire. Creative hubs such as Fazeley Studios are testament to the thriving digital and creative scene in this city. The UK’s creative industries are worth a staggering £84 billion to the economy and Government is determined to seeing this dynamic sector continue to develop in every region of the UK.”

“We recognise the growth of creativity in Birmingham, with hubs such as Fazeley Studios providing a space for designers, artists and creatives of all types to learn, develop and do what they do best. This is a chance for growing talent to harness.”

The meeting was co-chaired by Culture Secretary John Whittingdale, Business Secretary Sajid Javid and Nicola Mendelshon CBE VP Facebook for Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

The industry members of the Council are currently updating their Strategy for the UK’s creative sector and will release it later this year.

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