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02.07.2018

Icon Statement on Creative Industries Sector Deal

Icon has published its Statement on the Creative Industries Sector Deal, announced by the Department for Business, Energy and Innovation and Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport this Spring.

The Deal is a part of the government’s wider Industrial Strategy, which sets out a long-term plan to boost the productivity and earning power of people in the UK. The Deal will see government and industry invest £150 million across the Creative Industries.

Icon’s Statement welcomes the Deal and its commitments to:

  • A Cultural Development Fund to encourage the regeneration of creative clusters,
  • A Creative Careers Programme to build awareness of careers in the sector,
  • A Creative Industries Clusters Programme to increase understanding of the sector and solutions to its challenges.

Our Statement argues for a fuller consideration of the sector and acknowledgement of the interconnected link between the Creative Industries and conservation. It highlights how conservation and the cross-disciplinary field of heritage science enable the Creative Industries by inspiring creative professionals and by preserving and managing their creative outputs. 

The Statement also calls for more explicit consideration of the impact of Brexit on the industry and greater balance in support for cultural and technological education.

Read our full Statement here.

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