"The UK’s creative industries have been a great success story over the past two decades. But we now face a stark choice and the clock is ticking. Manage decline in our creative industries or build a partnership between the industries and Government to ensure we respond with ambition and boldness to the serious challenges of global competition and the digital age. Our challenge is to match our cutting edge creative ideas with an equally creative global business strategy which ensures we can benefit from the new jobs and growth of the future. This Conservative-led Government has so far failed to provide the strategic leadership which is urgently required, and in education and the arts, they are implementing policies which are damaging the foundations of our creative success."
"We need active, intelligent Government joined up across relevant departments, robust and reliable economic data about trends in each of the thirteen industries, access to the business acumen and skills and finance which can transform creative ideas and micro businesses into global enterprises. Arts investment and education reform which recognises the importance of creativity to the future of our economy and society, and a coherent intellectual property framework."
Labour believes the continued success of the UK's creative industries is crucial to future jobs and growth. Lewis will announce Labour is setting up a new national Creative Industries Network of businesses, trades bodies, arts organisations and unions. The network will support strong business to business links, build relationships between businesses, cultural and educational organisations and ensure Labour's policy development is informed by the experiences and priorities of the people on the frontline of the UK's creative industries. The Creative Network will be chaired by Andrew McGuinness, Chair of the Advertising Association and founding partner of Beattie McGuinness Bungay.
In a further statement of intent the Labour Party will work through the network in a groundbreaking attempt to broaden access to opportunities in industries which in the past have been difficult to access for young people from low and middle income families. Member organisations will be asked to sign up to a new fairness pledge that in future they will take positive steps to ensure internships, apprenticeships and jobs will be opened up to people based on their talent not social background.
Lewis will also confirm that the founder and Chief Executive of Ingenious, Patrick McKenna has agreed to report on the changes which are necessary to ensure far more home-grown creative businesses have the business skills and private investment to scale up and become global enterprises which secure jobs and growth benefits to the UK.
Paul Greengrass, President of Directors UK and award winning director, who’s films include Bloody Sunday, United 93, Bourne Supremacy, Bourne Ultimatum and Green Zone, will be speaking at the launch, offering an industry perspective on the challenges and opportunities facing the UK’s creative sector. Paul Greengrass, President of Directors UK, said: “The partnership between the last Government and the creative industries has been one of the real success stories of the past decade. But we face big new challenges going forward, and it’s vital that we take the time now to discuss together how we address them. Ivan Lewis’ Creative Network is a crucial first step in that conversation.”
Andrew McGuinness, Chair of the Creative Network, said: "I was delighted to be asked to Chair the Creative Network. We're world beaters in this area and I firmly believe the creative industries can be at the heart of the revival of the UK economy. Ivan Lewis’ initiative to get like-minded industry leaders together through this network is an important step to achieving this goal."