January 2017

Speeches at the Fed’s Second Anniversary Celebration

The speeches below have been slightly abridged.

 

Karen Bradley, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport:

"It is an incredible privilege to be asked to join you on the second anniversary of the Creative Industries Federation. Our sectors are sectors that I think demonstrate the best about Britain and the Federation has helped me so much in the nearly six months I’ve been doing the job to really understand the intricacies of the creative industries, to understand the unique nature of our industries and to really sell those industries both at home and overseas.
 
"I think it’s worth me making the point about how much our industries contribute to the UK economy. £87.4bn GVA, 1.9 million jobs, £19.8bn pounds export of services and a quarter of a million businesses. These are industries that touch everybody’s life, every day - and I want to thank you for all you do.
 
"I think our industries are the industries that really do reflect what is great about Great Britain and nowhere was that more true than in the recent delegation I led to China. John [Kampfner] was on that trip. It was the largest delegation of creative industries to accompany a minister overseas. And I think, I know, how amazed our hosts were by the strength and depth of our industries and that there were so many people who were able to come to China to represent those industries and really start that close collaboration and working together.
 
"Can I also thank you as a Federation for your advocacy in arts in education. I think it’s only because of the work you did, the support from this sector, that history of art A-level has been saved for the nation. I think that’s a fantastic thing. I now want to make sure that we get lots and lots of young people studying that A-level. And it was great in the Autumn Statement where we had the funding for pilots to examine the impact of arts in education on attainment for the most disadvantaged pupils, because if this is a country that works for everyone that means we need to make sure that everyone in the country has the ability to share in the arts.
 
"Greg Clark, my colleague, is going to talk to you a bit more about industrial strategy but I just wanted to reassure you that the creative industries are and will be at the heart of this government’s work on industrial strategy. This is one of the major growth areas in the country. It is our soft power. 

"I want to reassure you that I, Greg, the Prime Minister and others, do understand just how important our industries are to the UK economy and we are going to do everything we can to give you the tools you need to continue with the amazing success you have demonstrated today and I know will continue to work on in the future. So I predict great things for you, and this government is right behind you."  
 


Greg Clark, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

"A night after the Golden Globes opened the awards season, it is a particular pleasure to recognise the winners of Britain’s most successful industry. In the last few years, you   have been the fastest growing sector in the economy, earning nearly £90bn in 2015, more even than our successfully spectacular automotive sector. This industry leads the way. Two million people employed in all parts of the UK, a quarter of a million businesses - you make Britain what we are but you also tell the world what Britain can do.

"Now there was a time of course when the arts were thought to be a different world from industry and to have the two coming together would have been thought to be an unusual thing, as if anything to do with leisure wasn’t real business. What complete nonsense that was. Try being in the music industry and saying that when, for the second year running, we have in Adele the world’s best selling album artist; in games, when Grand Theft Auto 5 grossed billion in three days - the fastest selling product ever marketed in the world; the five highest-grossing film franchises of all time made in the United Kingdom. British writing, British directing, British acting talent going into them and driving that forward but of course it goes wider than that.

"When in 2011 the Harry Potter films won Bafta’s outstanding British contribution to cinema, the committee said the films not only created stars in front of the camera but highlighted the expertise within the British craft and technical industries, supporting a vast array of jobs throughout  production. The whole industry contributes at every level. So a huge thanks to everyone in this industry.

"We’re developing an industrial strategy for the UK and any good strategy of course has to build on its strengths. You couldn’t fail to have the creative industries as absolutely foundational to that industrial strategy. You will see that you have a big part to play.

"And, of course, the contribution of the creative industries goes beyond jobs and exports and earnings, important though they are. In my view they, you, are essential to our national well-being. We stand here in the middle of London in this magnificent setting not far from Albertopolis that was conceived so many years ago by Prince Albert to very much mine the complementarity between science, between industry and the arts...Everything there together so that the cross fertilisation between science and industry could be there from the outset. That has contributed to Britain, and to London in particular, being one of the most successful cities in the world.

"In my view it is impossible to separate London’s economic success from its cultural success, from theatre to architecture, from music to fashion, from design to dance. People choose to live and work and to flock to London because it’s a hotbed of innovation and excitement and it’s a place where quality of life is prized and it’s a wonderful place to be.

"It’s true of other cities, too. Cities like Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester and Bristol all owe much of their economic revival to their continuing cultural assets. And it’s thrilling to see Hull celebrating not only its cultural heritage but the vibrancy and creativity of that wonderful city.     

"In the past I’ve negotiated city deals with some of these great cities across the country, giving more power and more resources to them so that they could pursue their own ambitions. I want our industrial strategy to take that same spirit and have a recognition of how the government can work with the industries, all of them represented here, to make sure that we have all the conditions in place to extend our notable success; to help our stars to shine even brighter in the future but also to ensure sure that Britain is more than ever the place where innovation, where creative original talents and business, will choose to be based. That is what our industrial strategy will be aimed at and you will be absolutely central to that."
 

 

Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs in the Scottish Government:

"In Scotland we are about to get our first purpose-built museum of design, the V&A Museum of Design, opening in Dundee in 2018. It will be the first V&A outside London. And I think it demonstrates how Scotland is a country that values and invests in its creative industries.

"I’ve announced that the Scottish Government will be appointing a creative industries advisory board - the first to have direct contact with Scottish ministers. We will look forward to 2017, a year where we will drive forward new developments in film and broadcasting. In particular, the BBC will be expected to work strategically to provide quality output and to contribute more actively to our creative industries.

"Of course, Brexit will dominate strategically in 2017 and the Scottish Government is exploring all options. We can’t have a hard Brexit. We want to keep the benefits that we have in our relationship for the EU particularly reported to cultural industries. At the end of December, we put forward proposals that are not just good for Scotland, but that can provide political leadership for the United Kingdom, on how we can engage in a new relationship with Europe. We are the first UK government that put forward plans and we expect a positive response. 

"Culture is about people. And creativity is about the ingenuity of humankind. Our firm and consistent view is that we must retain complete membership of the single market in all its aspects and freedom of movement of people is critical. Access to the ideas, the talent, the experiences and the creative exchanges which the freedom of movement provides in the single market will be essential to the flourishing and thriving of our industries.

"We can talk about trade and we can talk about economic value. Our creative industries in Scotland employ more people than oil and gas and provide more GVA than life sciences, but they are rooted in the creativity of people.

"So let’s make sure that whatever happens, the embracing of inclusivity and the encouragement of exchange of people’s ideas on which our creative industries and our culture have been based can flourish.

"I look forward to working with the Creative Industries Federation and all the bright thinkers and expressive artists that we have across these islands to make sure that when we build our future, we shape it ourselves rather than having it shaped for us." 

 


Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London:

"I know many of you are concerned about Brexit. It’s not hard to understand why so many in the creative industries wanted us to remain in the EU and we can all understand the anxieties post-Brexit. Our creative industries are hugely reliant on international talent. Almost half of your exports go to the EU. It’s unsurprising that retaining access to the single market is a priority for you. 

"So I pledge today, I’ll stand with you every step of the way. I’ll work to ensure your concerns are addressed by our government and your interests defended during the upcoming Brexit negotiations. And to that end I’m grateful that Sir John Sorrell has agreed to serve on my Brexit expert advisory panel as a representative of the arts and creative industries.
 
"What's clear to me as the proud mayor of the greatest city in the world is that we can’t be complacent or take the creative industries for granted because talented, creative, innovative people are the key to our continued success. You don’t need me to tell you that you are currently the UK’s fastest growing sector, contributing £35bn a year in London alone.
 
"But not only do you boost the economy, you also benefit our society. Culture is woven into the DNA of our city. It’s the glue that binds us together. It brings so much joy and adds value to the lives of millions. It has the power to inspire our young people, develop skills and transform lives and on top of this it enhances our standing in the world, our cultural export, articulating our values and identity as an outward looking, welcoming nation.
 
"Indeed, you are some of our finest ambassadors on the international stage. Just look at how the world mourned the recent loss of two great Londoners, David Bowie and George Michael, who had such a profound effect on global culture. 
 
"And, of course, our creative industries also help to show that London is open. London is open to business, ideas and people. For all these reasons and more, I’ll make culture and the arts one of my top priorities as the mayor of London. 

"Like many of you, I’m passionate about expanding access to culture. From the exceptionally gifted Star Wars actors, John Boyega and Riz Ahmed, to the Turner Prize-winning artist Helen Martin, we have so much up-and-coming talent who’ve been inspired by others in the industry - from one of the world’s greatest authors JK Rowling and one of it’s most accomplished singers Adele, to the legendary fashion designer Vivienne Westwood and the visionary architect behind the Smithsonian’s new museum in Washington DC, Sir David Adjaye. And, of course, our latest batch of amazing Golden Globe winners: Claire Foy, Olivia Colman, Tom Hiddleston, Hugh Laurie and Aaron Taylor-Johnson. 
 
"There are so many Brits and Londoners ensuring our country punches above its weight culturally right now. And while Brexit may be looming large on the horizon, I promise I’ll do anything I can to ensure London’s creative industries continue to flourish so that today’s talented youngsters can follow their dreams, fulfil their potential and one day stand on the shoulders of our cultural and creative giants."