Letter to the Prime Minister on Short Term Business Visitors to EU Member States

January 18, 2021

Rt Hon Boris Johnson MP Prime Minister
10 Downing Street

Dear Prime Minister,

Re: Short Term Business Visitors to European Union Member States

I write to you as Chief Executive of the Creative Industries Federation, which represents, champions and supports the UK’s creative industries, regarding the Free Trade Deal with the EU and the international delivery of our sector’s services.

As you know, the UK’s creative industries were growing at four times the rate and creating three times more jobs than the economy as a whole. With a strong working relationship with government and the right support in place, the sector can deliver this growth again to all parts of the UK.

The sector’s ability to visit, tour, exhibit, perform and deliver services on a temporary basis around the world has been a major contributor to the significant £46bn of exports in goods and services that the UK’s creative industries deliver. However, the outcome of the UK’s trade deal with the European Union on Short Term Business Visitors means that delivering these services, when possible once again, will now come at a higher cost in both time and money, impacting those on low incomes and with small margins the most.

At present, permitted activities exclude work by, for example, musicians, artists, entertainers, film and audio producers and their accompanying staff. We were therefore encouraged to hear in Prime Minister’s Questions last week that you would explore further how these barriers could be removed, and by the Culture Secretary’s subsequent commitment to seek renegotiation on this matter soon. We urge that this is progressed quickly, together with industry, to unlock the opportunities that the new international trade deals now bring.

The creative industries are well-positioned to play a leading role in economic and social regeneration and we entreat you to work with industry to cut red tape and maximise the potential of our world-leading sector.

Yours sincerely,

Caroline Norbury MBE

Caroline Norbury MBE
Chief Executive, Creative Industries Federation

cc: Rt Hon Oliver Dowden CBE MP

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