The Creative Industries Council (CIC) is a forum of government, creative businesses and other creative organisations.
It focuses on areas where there are barriers to growth of UK creative sectors such as access to finance, skills, export markets, regulation, intellectual property (IP) and infrastructure, and on promoting opportunities such as the CreaTech category and greater diversity and inclusion.
Action is taken forward by means of a small number of working groups and initiatives. In 2018, the CIC also set up the Creative Industries Trade & Investment Board (CITIB) to spearhead efforts on exports and inward investment.
Council members are leading figureheads drawn from across the creative and digital industries including TV, computer games, fashion, music, arts, publishing, and film.
Currently the council is co-chaired by:
Rt Hon Lucy Frazer MP KC
Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport,
Sir Peter Bazalgette
Francesca Heygi OBE
Deputy Industry Co-Chair
Chair, Faber & Faber
CEO of UK Screen Alliance
DG, Alliance for IP
Dr Jeremy Silver
CEO, Digital Catapult
John McVay OBE
Caroline Rush CBE
CEO, British Fashion Council
Hasan Bakhshi MBE
Centre Director, Creative Industries Policy and Evidence Centre (PEC)
Caroline Norbury MBE & Francesca Hegyi OBE (Co-Chairs)
CEO, Creative UK; Executive Director, Edinburgh International Festival
Ben Roberts & Sara Whybrew (Co-Chairs)
CEO, BFI; Director, Skills & Workforce Development, BFI
Alison Tickell & Minnie Moll (Co-Chairs)
Founder & CEO, Julie's Bicycle; CEO, Design Council
Francesca Hegyi OBE
Executive Director, Edinburgh International Festival
Darren Henley CBE
CEO, Arts Council England
Following negotiations with industry led by the CIC, the UK government published a Creative Industries Sector Vision in June 2023.
It aims to add £50bn of Gross Value Added (GVA) and support 1m extra jobs in the UK creative industries by 2030.
Industry CIC members have endorsed a Charter of principles on the climate and biodiversity crisis.
A long-term creative industries plan developed by government and industry to support economic growth, jobs and talent.
After the COVID-19 pandemic, the industry members of the CIC submitted a proposed transition and recovery plan to Government.
The publication of the Diversity Charter to drive greater diversity across the UK’s creative industries
Funding announcements to support local creative economies.
The establishment of a Creative Careers Programme to raise awareness of working opportunities for young people.
Funding for Immersive Technology, including virtual reality, augmented reality and mixed reality.
Funding for AI Masters courses and work-based placements.
Creative industry organisations have adopted a charter of principles to encourage action on the climate and biodiversity crisis.
A vision to support growth and jobs by 2030 with £77m of new public funding has been developed by the UK government and the CIC.
In an article, Sir Peter Bazalgette underlined the importance of CreaTech, creative clusters and future skills.