MPs recognise importance of creative industries

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New survey shows Parliamentary backing for sector

New research by the Creative Industries Council shows that more than 90% of MPs say that the UK creative industries are vitally important to the future of the UK’s economy.

In the research, conducted by parliamentary consultancy Dods, 75% of MPs also agreed that creative industries should be high on their party’s agenda, up from 61% in the comparable survey in 2014.

There was also widespread agreement about the importance of the creative industries to the future growth of the UK’s main cities. This growth contribution was deemed to be important in London (95% of MPs agreed), Edinburgh (94%), Manchester (93%) and Liverpool (90%).

On the impact of Brexit itself, the survey found MPs divided, with 46% believing it will be positive for creative sectors, compared to 45% predicting a negative impact.

MPs also agreed with the proposition that creative industries - which range from advertising to architecture, games, crafts, music to museums - are one of the under-sold growth stories of the UK economy.

These industries already account for more than £87bn a year of Gross Value Added, are growing at three times the UK average, and create jobs four times faster than the rest of the economy.

Almost 2m in the UK work in the creative industries, with the total number of creative jobs in the wider economy reaching 3.04m, generating £35.9bn in combined exports of creative services and goods in 2015.

The also survey found majorities of support among MPs for prioritising skills improving broadband tbacking ‘creative clusters’ and for help for creative entrpreneurs to starting and grow businesses.

The results of the survey will be presented at a Parliamentary event hosted by the industry members of the CIC, a joint forum between Government and the private sector.

CIC co-chair Nicola Mendelson said the group is working in partnership with Government to develop innovative ways to put this consensus into action and realise the full potential of the UK’s creative industries both in the UK and globally.



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