£23.7m proposed for games industry. But Creative Industries are too “white and middle class.”

bazalgetteAn independent review, led by the current Chair of ITV Sir Peter Bazalgette, outlining key recommendations for how the Creative Industries can underpin the UK’s future economic growth was launched in London on Friday 22nd September at the Royal Institute of British Architects. Listening were 2 Secretaries of State, Greg Clark, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, and Karen Bradley, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

The review sets out areas where, as part of the Industrial Strategy, government and industry should work together to develop a Sector Deal for the Creative Industries. With a particular focus on addressing barriers to growth in these industries, the review makes recommendations across the following areas:

  • Creative Clusters (key recommendation)
  • Innovation
  • Access to finance
  • Intellectual Property
  • International
  • Skills / talent pipelines
  • Screen industries

23.7 million is proposed for the games industry with an extension of the UK Games Fund. However, Sir Peter made the point in his presentation that the creative industries were still “too white and middle class.” His reports states: “A diverse workforce is pivotal to the innovative and creative processes that give the UK Creative Industries their global competitive advantage. Moreover, under-represented groups constitute an untapped domestic pool of raw talent that, if provided with the relevant skills, could be used to fill the skills gaps facing the Creative Industries.
At a strategic level, industry recognises the importance of addressing its diversity challenges but coordinated employer-led action is difficult where so many businesses are micro or SME.”

Here is the Full Report.

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