A plan to grow exports and inward investment in the UK creative industries has been developed by CITIB (the Creative Industries Trade & Investment Board).
The document, 'Putting the UK's Creative Industries Centre Stage' was launched by Caroline Rush CBE, Chair of CITIB and CEO of the British Fashion Council, and sets out the aim of increasing exports of UK creative services to £66bn and creative exports to £12bn by 2030.
In her introductory letter to the report, Caroline Rush described it as an ambitious plan that "requires a strong and equitable partnership between CITIB and government, focused on alleviating trade barriers to enhance movement of goods, global sales of services, access to skilled labour, the right trade deals, export support programmes and a forward-thinking IP framework."
Roundtables and working groups on specific areas highlighted by the report are planned for 2023.
In a statement, Rush and Elizabeth Diaferia, Senior Advisor to CITIB, said: "We are delighted to launch the Creative Industries Trade & Investment Board (CITIB) strategy report as we have been working closely with government and the board in response to the DIT report, 'Made in the UK,Sold to the World' launched at the end of 2021. We have looked at how we can continue to make sure the UK’s creative industries can take advantage of exporting opportunities and potential inward investment in their sectors.
"Our aim is to ensure that the creative industries continue their steady growth, with our target of a collective figure of £55 billion in exports by 2025, and £78 billion in 2030 (£66 billion services and £12 billion goods). We are keen to make sure that the UK’s soft power and global position remains a key focus and our UK exports and inward investment reach this important goal.
"You will find several sector case studies in the report, as well as additional information in the links attached from some of the sectors mentioned.
"We plan to hold a series of Roundtables in 2023 with the board and industry stakeholders where we can focus on putting the strategy into practice. We will also be arranging working group sessions for Communications and Data and Insight throughout the year to accompany the work CITIB is doing.
"Please feel free to share this report with your networks and do get in touch if you have any questions or would like to be involved with our work."
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