Creative Industries power ahead post-Brexit

23 Nov 2016

Marking 100 days since the referendum results, the Creative Industries Council have released a report showcasing 100 major wins for the sector, since June 24.

From Pinewood Studios recording a £10 million annual profit, to Apple announcing a new headquarters at Battersea Power Station, the document provides a snapshot of the thriving sector, which is now growing three times faster than the wider UK economy.

Releasing the report, the Creative Industries Council vice president, Nicola Mendelsohn, spoke on how critical the industry was to the UK economy. “They drive the digital economy and are an engine of economic growth, generating over 5% of UK GVA (£87bn in 2015).”

CIC’s initiative follows a 73 page report compiled by the Creative Industries Federation, calling on the government to use Brexit as an opportunity to tackle current industry challenges. One of the main barriers CIF (the national membership board for UK’s arts) have identified, is an acute skills shortage across the sector.

Amanda Nevill from the British Film Institute, alongside other CIF members, believe it’s time to push the industry further. “Film is a global business, and the UK is a success story at its heart. We have this wonderful opportunity now to aspire to even greater heights of success, economically and creatively, if we can get the right framework for the future.”

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