The UK is on track to double its film stage space by 2025, according to culture secretary Lucy Frazer, who has also unveiled a government target to grow the creative industries “by an extra £50bn by 2030.”
Frazer made the comments at her keynote speech at the Deloitte and Enders Media & Telecoms 2023 Conference today.
She highlighted that the UK’s “world class” creative industries that “generated £108 billion in 2021 and employ over two million people across the country.” And said that by “turbocharging growth and investment in sectors like video games, visual effects, music, fashion, film and television and more… we can retain our status as a creative industries superpower for decades to come.”
To do that, she said she is “committing to growing the creative industries by an extra £50bn by 2030, creating a million extra jobs – all over the country – by 2030.”
She highlighted “what can be achieved when we work with and listen to all of you working in industry” mentioning the government’s covid relief package “that helped protect our cultural and creative industries” and the Film and TV Production Restart Scheme along with tax reliefs that “have been a huge catalyst for growth for our creative industries.”
But, she said, “I have no doubt that we in Government can do more to support our creatives” as “we cannot simply rely on the formula for that past success. We face increasing global competition and we cannot afford to be complacent. By turbocharging growth and investment in sectors like video games, visual effects, music, fashion, film and television and more… we can retain our status as a creative industries superpower for decades to come.”
She said that at the budget the Chancellor “backed our theatres, museums, galleries, orchestras, film, High-end TV and video games sectors by extending and reforming tax reliefs that create jobs, drive growth and support talent” and “over the next few months we will be identifying how we can go further.” By promoting skills development and harnessing “talent in clusters across the UK. And support cannot be at the expense of London or detract from those places that are already thriving. It needs to build on what we have already seen across the country. Whether that’s video games in Dundee and Leamington Spa, or TV in Birmingham and Leeds. And thirdly, targeting specific support at different sub sectors, to unlock growth across the UK and delivering a Creative careers promise that builds a pipeline of talent into our creative industries.”
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