UK working group to examine Brexit outcome

In a bid to assess issues and opportunities in the wake of the referendum outcome, UK organizations from across the creative sector have convened to form the Creative Industries Council working group.
July 7, 2016

In a bid to assess issues and opportunities in the wake of the referendum outcome, UK organizations from across the creative sector have banded together to form the Creative Industries Council (CIC) working group.

Chaired by Pact UK chief executive John McVay (pictured, below), the group aims to pool experts from across the creative fields in order to evaluate the business critical priorities for each sector in the wake of the UK vote to leave the European Union.

Pact UK chief executive John McVay

Pact UK chief executive John McVay

The group has been asked to share feedback to the CIC as well as the UK’s Culture and Business Secretaries by mid-August.

McVay will be asking CIC members and others in the creative landscape to join the group in the coming weeks.

The CIC is currently comprised of organizations including Pact, British Film Council, Creative England, Arts Council England, BFI, UK Music and UK Trade & Investment, British Fashion Council, Media and Sport, and Creative Industries Federation, among others.

“This is a key moment for the creative industries to create concrete proposals that can bring benefits to the UK’s creative industries and ensure that one of the UK’s most successful sectors remains at the top table,” said McVay in a statement.

Elsewhere, the CIC has called upon the UK government to ensure in its negotiations that the UK “remains able to receive favorable access to the international and digital single market” while ensuring the UK continues to hold a productive and diverse creative workforce for economic growth.

Creative industries contribute £84.1 billion per year to the UK market, and almost 2.9 million jobs feature in the wider creative economy, according to the organization.

A five-year “Create Together” strategy by the CIC to bolster the UK’s standing as a global hub for commercial creativity recommends “specific measures” to help extend exports of UK creative services from £19.8 billion (US$26 billion) in 2014 to £31 billion (US$40 billion) by 2020, while encouraging creative businesses to realize opportunities for expansion.

“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,” added CIC industry co-chair Nicola Mendelsohn. “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.”

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