The Story So Far

The Federation was the brainchild of Sir John Sorrell, the designer and UK business ambassador, with leaders including Sir Peter Bazalgette, Sir Nicholas Serota, Tim Davie of BBC Worldwide, Caroline Rush of the British Fashion Council and Amanda Nevill of the British Film Institute.

The ambition was to give political clout to a sector that has been the fastest growing part of the UK economy over the last decade but had never punched its weight with government.

More than 200 founder supporters funded early development before the membership scheme launched in January 2015.

Since then, we have forged strong and effective working relations with government and political parties of all hues, working closely with eight Whitehall departments as well as devolved and city administrations and local authorities.

Our work, both in public and 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 been powerful advocates on issues such as the skills and talent pipeline, the impact of Brexit, the value of night-time industries and the economic case for public investment in culture.

We have engaged across the UK with consultations and events in every nation and region.

We also have a strong international perspective, championing the UK’s creative sector overseas and offering our members useful insights on innovation and best practice from around the world.

More than 1,000 companies, organisations, institutions and individual practitioners have already signed up to be part of this bold and ambitious endeavour. If you are not yet among them, join the Federation now.

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