Well, Theresa May has one priority right.
“Monday’s announcement by Prime Minister Theresa May that the creative industries would be one of five named sectors in the new industrial strategy was a major step forward for a sector which has never been formally recognised in a national industrial strategy before. Only six years ago at the start of the coalition government, the creative industries were not formally acknowledged when it announced nine sectors of industrial engagement.” (Source: Creative Industries Federation)
- The government has launched a Green Paper/consultation giving a blueprint for a national industrial strategy.
- Five sectors, including the creative industries, were named in the consultation as having ‘sector deals’.
- Exactly how government support for chosen sectors will be offered is dependent on the result of the consultation process, although the key mechanisms for support are given in the 10 pillars explored below.
- In order to attain its three goals, the government has identified 10 pillars that each sector deal should focus on. These are:
- investment in science, research and innovation
- developing skills
- upgrading infrastructure
- supporting businesses to start and grow
- improving procurement
- encouraging trade and inward investment
- delivering affordable energy and clean growth
- cultivating world-leading sectors
- driving growth across the whole country
- creating the right institutions to bring together sectors and places. (Like Creative Edinburgh)
As the CIF states in its recent circular, not only is this a growing sector (as we have known for several years) but jobs cannot be automated. Although I’m sure there are plenty of people trying to find a way.
Here’s a couple of efforts to prove my point.
In Scotland we have been blessed to have a long term appointment in Culture, Tourism and External Affairs in the shape of the enthusiastic and understanding Fiona Hyslop so maybe things are looking up for the sector.
The point is the sector includes not just corporate businesses like design, advertising, film and architecture but also hundreds of thousands of start ups, SMEs and increasingly overlaps with the rapidly growing tech sector.
My role as Chair of Creative Edinburgh is to support our Director Janine Matheson and her team, alongside our enthusiastic board in realising the ambitions of this ‘new deal’ by creating a thriving and increasingly vocal network of exactly those businesses in Edinburgh that can benefit from the strategy.
We are deeply grateful to our funders and sponsors who have made this possible so far, and this initiative can be a positive step forward for a city that can benefit more than most from both Holyrood and Westminster recognition and support.