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.
Janet Hull OBE
Chair of CIC Marketing & Communications
Director of Marketing, Institute of Practitioners in Advertising
After the COVID-19 pandemic struck in early 2020 knocking the creative industries off their growth trajectory, the industry members of the CIC submitted a proposed transition and recovery plan to Government.
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:
The Rt Hon Oliver Dowden CBE MP
Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
The Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng MP
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Tim Davie CBE
Director General of the BBC
CEO, Team 17
Dinah Caine CBE
Co-Chair: Chair of Council, Goldsmiths College
Co-Chair: CEO, Faber & Faber
CEO of UK Screen Alliance
CEO, BPI, BRIT Awards & Mercury Prize
Dr Jeremy Silver
CEO, Digital Catapult
John McVay OBE
Chief Executive, Pact
CEO, Publicis Group UK
Centre Director, Creative Industries Policy and Evidence Centre (PEC)
Following negotiations with industry led by the CIC, the Theresa May government announced in 2018 a three-year Sector Deal of measures to promote growth in the creative industries.
The highlights of the deal included commitments to invest in the creation of creative clusters, developing future content and technologies and nurturing new creative skills and career opportunities.
Implementation of the deal has included a number of initiatives, listed on the right.
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
The launch of a new policy and evidence centre.
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.
Vacancies for core CreaTech roles grew almost five times faster in 2017-19 than demand across the UK economy.
Anti-piracy policies have been agreed by creative industry groups, and Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.
A pioneering report and a series of events will put CreaTech into the spotlight.