Links across government – We have forged extensive links across government, including No 10 and Treasury, through BEIS, DIT and the GREAT campaign, Department for Education, Foreign Office and DCMS, as well as the Scottish Parliament, Welsh Assembly and city administrations.
Policy and advocacy - We have published research and engaged with government on subjects including creative education and its importance to the skills pipeline, diversity and access, and the economic case for public investment in culture. Our public advocacy combined with work behind the scenes helped secure the inclusion of the creative industries in plans for the government's industrial strategy, as well as a better-than-expected funding settlement for the arts in the November 2015 spending review. We have also consulted on issues including the role of the BBC in the wider arts and creative industries, the importance of DCLG to underpinning the creative economy and what higher education reforms mean for creative subjects.
Networking events – More than 500 members joined us for our second birthday celebration, featuring performers and speakers including Business Secretary Greg Clark, Culture Secretary Karen Bradley, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and Scottish Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop. A similar number attended the year prior to hear George Osborne, then Chancellor, endorse the importance of the sector. Our summer reception at The Hospital Club saw 200 guests including then-Culture Secretary John Whittingdale meet for drinks.
Events and advocacy across the UK – We meet with members across the length and breadth of the country. Our series of 10 quick-response evidence-gathering meetings on Brexit is visited cities from Edinburgh to Plymouth. We organised hustings for the London mayoral elections and have held discussions on the creative scenes in cities including Cardiff, Newcastle and Norwich.
International trends – C.International, our twice-yearly members-only magazine on the international position of the arts and creative industries, was launched with interviews and in-depth analysis on funding, exports and global trends. Our International Council of leading figures from around the world is identifying emergent opportunities for the sector and examples of innovation and best practice.
Resources for members - As well as our published reports and C.International, we have run members surveys on the value of the EU (launching the results at an event with then Prime Minister David Cameron) and the impact of Brexit. We run a 100-strong working group on issues around higher and further education as well as another on finance. Our step-by-step guide to sources of funding and finance was published in partnership with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.
Unique Breakfasts - Our series of small, supercharged policy sessions has seen members meet with Channel 4 Chief Executive David Abraham and Jesse Norman, Industry Minister. Ofcom chief Sharon White and Naomi Climer, President of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, are among future guest speakers.
Newsletter and members’ directory - Our regular newsletters include member news and offers as well as research updates, with plans in development for a members-only section of the website including members’ directory and other useful tools.