Creative industries propose blueprint to government for growth in post-Brexit UK

Nicola Mendelsohn, industry co-chair of the Creative Industries Council
Nicola Mendelsohn, industry co-chair of the Creative Industries Council

The creative industries can lead economic growth in the post-Brexit UK, a group of industry leaders said today.

The Creative Industries Council, a partnership of industry and government, has developed a five-year strategy to cement the UK’s status as a global hub for commercial creativity.

The plan recommends measures to help grow creative exports to £31bn by 2020, encourage creative businesses to expand, and protect the UK’s access to a productive and diverse creative workforce.

It is calling on the Government to ensure in its Brexit negotiations that the UK remains able to receive favourable access to the international and digital single market and that the people and skills needed to deliver economic growth continue to have access to the UK.

Nicola Mendelsohn, the industry co-chair of the CIC, said: "The UK’s creative industries are open for business as usual. We have long been an engine in delivering economic growth, new jobs and service exports to the UK.
"We now believe we can be instrumental in shaping the new growth agenda in the post-Brexit world and play an important part in economic development of all parts of the UK.
"We are ready and willing to play our role in the UK’s future strategy and we want to work with government to ensure our world-beating creative organisations thrive in the post-Brexit world."

Creative industries contribute £84.1bn a year to the UK, and almost 2.9 million jobs feature in the wider creative economy.
John Whittingdale, the secretary of state for culture, media and sport, said: "The creative industries are one of the UK's greatest success stories.
"That success is built upon the extraordinary talent which exists in this country, an amazing cultural heritage, the English language and a tax system designed to support and encourage growth in the creative sector.

"None of this is changed by the UK's decision to leave the EU and I am confident that our creative industries will continue to thrive and take advantage of the new opportunities which are opening up to do business across the world."
Janet Hull, the chair CIC marketing and communications sub-group and the IPA's director of marketing strategy, said: "It is imperative that the advertising industry demonstrates that we are on the front foot. The UK has always been, and will continue to be, a thriving hub from which to run global businesses."

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