Levelling up and the UK’s Creative Industries

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The UK’s Creative Industries are a global success story. Our creative content, products and services are world-renowned, exercise significant soft power and deliver economic, social and health benefits to people and communities far and wide.

Domestically, the Creative Industries are an integral tool in the UK’s social and economic regeneration. As well as being a significant contributor to job creation and economic growth in all parts of the UK, the sector is a vanguard for the future of work and industry – resistant to automation, built on innovation and with a high number of agile and entrepreneurial freelancers and small businesses. The sector has been central to the UK’s global soft power, instrumental in bringing communities together, in driving tourism and exports, and is fundamental to the nation’s health and wellbeing.

Talent and growth potential are everywhere, but opportunity is not. This challenge has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic and current economic volatility, so this briefing highlights the importance of strategically supporting and investing in organisations and people across all nations and regions of the UK.

The Creative Industries play an integral role in achieving cultural and economic regeneration consistent with the goals of the levelling up agenda. To enable this transformation, we need long-term systemic change in policy design and delivery – one that recognises the unique characteristics of future-facing industries like ours.

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