The UK’s creative industries has called on the government to ensure its negotiations with European Union (EU) officials keep the country in the single market, and protect against a potential talent drain post-Brexit. This comes as leading creative outfits outline a five-year plan to position the sector at the forefront of economic growth.
The wide-ranging revamp of the ‘Creative Together’ blueprint, which first launched in 2014, makes a case for the sector not to be given a short shrift when politicians thrash out an agreement for the country’s exit from the EU. Pulled together by members from the Creative Industries Council (CIC), a partnership of industry and government, the plan outlines measures to help grow creative exports to £31bn by 2020.
Additions to the plan include proposals to build awareness at all departments and levels of UK government including the UK commercial officers as well as a move to invest more into the initiative’s site so that it becomes the “single best source of evidence-based content on the commercial performance of the UK’s creative industries for key audiences”. There are also plans to share more information on UK creative businesses and provide regular updates on how the strategy is progressing.
Nicola Mendelsohn, Industry co-chair of the CIC and vice president for Europe, the Middle East and Africa for Facebook, 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”.