The government is being urged to recognise that the creative industries are as important to the economic success of the UK as cars, oil and gas, and is asking it to include the creative arts sector within its industrial strategy to a greater amount.
The Creative Industries Federation has unveiled a 'blueprint' for UK economic growth and stressed the crucial role the creative industries play in unlocking innovation and growth in other sectors.
The document was created by the group after consultation with 300 creative industry leaders has been submitted to the government’s green paper consultation on a new industrial strategy which closes tomorrow (17 April).
Federation chief executive John Kampfner said that Brexit makes it “even more crucial that the government overhauls its approach to business to enable the creative industries – the fastest growing sector of the UK economy – to deliver more jobs, trade and exports."
"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."
Part of the recommendations in the document includes the creation of 'creative enterprise zones' where cities and regions could bid for bespoke culture and creative industry deals, modeled on the government’s enterprise zone programme.
The federation is also calling for the creation of a national centre for growth for the creative industry and a creative careers campaign to tackle misleading careers advice.