A Blueprint for the future of the Creative Industries


The MIA are members of the Creative Industries Federation (CIF) and they have just published a powerful blueprint lobbying document to best support our industry. The Executive Summary is shown here and the link to the full report is at the end.

This is the Creative Industries Federation blueprint for growth in the 21st century.

The creative industries have been the fastest growing sector of the UK economy and return four times the GVA of the automotive industry, six times as much as life sciences and nearly 10 times that of aerospace.

Creative industries also drive growth and innovation in other sectors, such as manufacturing.

They can unlock new approaches and progress in areas from health to the environment.

The sector has been supported by policies ranging from tax credits to public investment in the arts. But the industrial strategy offers an unprecedented opportunity to increase growth with a coherent strategy for the whole of the UK replacing previous ad hoc support.

Working alongside other innovative sectors such as science and tech, this is the opportunity to create a bold, imaginative vision of 21st century employment.

The completed industrial strategy should be the roadmap against which government policies in all departments must be tested and held accountable.

After consultations with more than 300 creative industry leaders nationwide and working closely with our partners, the Federation blueprint presents policy recommendations and practical ideas for creating growth across the whole country.

Sir Peter Bazalgette, who is conducting an independent review of issues around talent, intellectual property and technology for the sector, is also engaged in our work.

The document highlights:

  • The crucial role the creative industries play in unlocking innovation and growth in other sectors, such as manufacturing
  • The importance of education and arts institutions as anchors for business expansion
  • The need for a new immigration system fit for the 21st century

We also set out three recommendations that emerged in member consultation. We will now develop these further with members and stakeholders for the “early sector deal” proposed in the green paper. The recommendations are:

  • Creative enterprise zones – modelled on the tax breaks and dedicated government support offered in existing enterprise zones but tailored for the creative industries
  • A ‘business booster’ network – to provide access to high-quality advice for startups and small enterprises on exporting, intellectual property (IP) and access to finance
  • A creative careers campaign – to diversify recruitment and counteract inadequate and misleading advice on jobs available and the education and training needed for them

To read the full report, go to: