What Matt Hancock Said: Read His Speech Here
Matt Hancock, the new Digital and Culture Minister today promised to fight for the creative and digital industries as he unveiled his vision for the sector at an event hosted by the Creative Industries Federation.
The minister told a large and high-level audience at BFI Southbank: “I will fight to ensure that the creative and digital industries are at the heart of this Government’s industrial strategy with a tax, regulatory and public investment framework that supports you to grow.”
He dismissed suggestions that the problem with the British economy was that “we don’t make things any more,” pointing to the exports of music, television, film and video games.
“We make immersive stories, uplifting music, iconic characters and beautiful designs…And while the product is often fun, even frivolous, it’s serious business. The creative industries consistently outperform the rest of the economy.”
He made assurances that creative sector tax reliefs would not be “adversely affected” by Brexit.
And he outlined three principles - backing the success of the sector “to the hilt,” promoting access across "every part of our islands" and “synthesis of culture with digital and technology”.
As the worlds of art and technology move closer, he said: “Our aim is to have not only the best content in the world, but also the best digital platforms on which to display it. This is our sweet spot for the 21st century.”
John Kampfner, chief executive of the Creative Industries Federation, said: “We were delighted to have helped bring together all the different parts of our sector to engage with the minister at this critical time.
“It was hugely encouraging to hear his promise to fight for the creative and digital industries and place them at the heart of Government. Like us, he recognises the enormous contribution this sector makes to the economic success of this country and to Britain’s global reputation. We look forward to working together.”