2014 Highlights - Overview

 

Ed Vaizey MP, Minister of State at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, with responsibility for digital industries:

"2014 was a spectacular year across the creative industries. For me, there were many highlights but I guess I am most inspired by the progress we’ve made together by investing in the industries and opening up training to new talents.

"The new UK branch of Lucas Film’s Industrial Light and Magic speaks volumes for the quality of British film production. Pinewood Studios and Warner Bros Leavesden continue to go from strength to strength and we can look forward to the next Bond and Star Wars films, which will bring all eyes to UK film once again.

"In December 2014, we announced the first government-backed UK National College for the Creative and Cultural Industries. The college will be instrumental in creating more opportunities for the next generation talent."

 

Matthew Fell, Director for Competitive Markets, CBI:

"Across the creative industries there have been many successes in 2014. In particular, the audio-visual industry has performed exceedingly well, with demand for UK television shows abroad increasing by 5% over the 12 months to March 2014.

"The UK gaming sector has continued to thrive, maintaining its position as the fifth largest video game market in terms of consumer revenues, with an estimated value of $3.4bn."

 

Ian Livingstone CBE, Chairman Playdemic & Midoki:

"Much has been done by Government in 2014 in support of the creative industries, notably the introduction of tax relief for videogames, animation and high-end TV production. Computing has also been introduced as a mandatory subject in primary and secondary schools’ curricula in England to promote problem-solving, computational thinking and digital-making skills to build new technologies."

 

Pauline Tambling CBE, CEO of Creative & Cultural Skills:

"2014 was the year of our campaign to 'Build a Creative Nation', championing youth employment and fair access in the creative industries. We have seen a great response from both business and education, resulting in thousands of young people starting work as apprentices or paid interns."

 

PREDICTIONS FOR 2015

 

 

Ed Vaizey MP, Minister of State at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, with responsibility for digital industries:

"Our music, film and video games continue to take the world by storm. With bands like One Direction breaking records and emerging talents like Sam Smith, we can surely look ahead to 2015 with the expectation of greater things to come."

 

Ian Livingstone CBE, Chairman Playdemic & Midoki:

"To build critical mass of activity in the sector, the creative industries require increased support in three inter-related areas - education, intellectual property and access to finance.  

"Innovation accelerates economic growth, and investment in intellectual property is vital. The focus should not just be on the copyright law which protects IP, but on supporting IP creators in helping them retain ownership and monetize their creative endeavours."

 

Matthew Fell, Director for Competitive Markets, CBI:

"2015 is likely to see international demand increase for British creative content and services. While the US remains the most profitable market for British audio-visual content, sales to south-east Asia, India and China, in particular, are increasing exponentially. And this demand is manifest in other industries too, with design and games exports to China and other emerging markets starting to develop.

"As the middle classes in these markets continue to grow and increase their expenditure on culture, leisure and entertainment, the UK’s creative industries have the opportunity to flourish."

 

Pauline Tambling CBE, CEO of Creative & Cultural Skills:

"A commitment to skills and training, providing specialist higher-level vocational training to fill recognised skills gaps, will further boost the economic growth of the creative industries. In December it was announced that the first Government-backed National College for the Creative and Cultural Industries is to be established in Thurrock, opening in 2016. 

"The creation of a National College for this sector is testament to the strength of the employer partnerships that have come together to make the case to Government."