Ed Vaizey, the Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries, attended a private meeting with businesses from Bath and Bristol on Friday to discuss key issues facing the creative economy in the South West.
The meeting took place behind closed doors on Friday the 8th April at Aardman Animations and was arranged by South West Screen and Aardman Animations.
Representatives from Aardman, Future Publishing, Wonky Films, Proctor & Stevenson, Touch Productions, Fluffy Logic, Team Rubber, Sift Media, TLT Solicitors, HP Labs, Walk Tall Media, Icon Films, the BBC and South West Screen’s iFeatures studio attended the meeting.
“Ed was friendly, well-informed and understood a lot of the issues faced by the creative industries,” explained Ana Kronschnabl, CEO of Fluffylogic.
“He sees this sector as important for the future of the UK and was eager to know how his government could support us in the south west.”
Kronschnabl stated that she feels that many small and medium companies are able to understand and adapt to the changing technological landscape and that the Government should support their growth, possibly through tax incentives.
In his blog, Mr Vaizey stated that he felt that Bristol was “not standing still but pushing onwards,” and pointed to the extension of the Holburne, the new fashion museum and the museum of East Asian art, as signs of Bath’s cultural progress.
“Visiting Aardman’s studios and seeing what they have achieved – 600 strong, making a Christmas animation film that will rival anything by Pixar, but also learning about the dozens (hundreds?) of thriving small tech companies that feed off the city’s culture, in every sense of the word,” he wrote.
“I could also feel the ambition – the Old Vic being completely refurbished, the M Shed about to open, the new concert hall, the wonderful SS Great Britain.”
Details of the meeting are expected to be released later this week.