Launch creative enterprise zones to boost UK growth, govt urged

The government should create "creative enterprise zones" as part of measures to boost economic growth in the UK, urges the Creative Industries Federation in a manifesto today.

The Creative Industries Federation’s blueprint for UK economic growth also recommends building a national centre for the creative sector and launching a creative careers campaign to combat misleading careers advice.

The proposed creative enterprise zones are modeled on the government’s enterprise zone programme. All three recommendations are subject to further consultation.

The Federation’s blueprint is being submitted to the government’s green paper consultation on a new industrial strategy which closes on 17 April.

The recommendations were drawn up after consulting more than 300 creative industry leaders across the UK and highlights the needs for a new immigration system. 

Theresa May’s government drew praise after naming the creative industries as one of five key sectors in its industrial strategy consultation, announced in January.  By contrast, the coalition government led by David Cameron in 2010 did not recognise the creative sector among nine identified as integral.

John Kampfner, Federation chief executive, said: "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.

"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."

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