Government in plan to launch Creative Industry Council

The Government is planning to launch a Creative Industry Council, allowing it to more efficiently address issues affecting the creative sectors, Design Week understands.

At the time of going to press, it was expected that further plans for the council would be announced alongside Chancellor George Osborne’s Budget speech today.

A round-table discussion took place last Wednesday at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, where it was debated how the Government can most effectively engage with the creative industries.

The round table included Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt, Culture Minister Ed Vaizey and Business Secretary Vince Cable, alongside creative industry representatives including Design Council chief executive David Kester, Google UK managing director Matt Brittin and BBC director-general Mark Thompson.

It is thought likely that those who attended the round table will go on to become members of the council.

A spokesman from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport says, ’One of the main purposes of the round table was to discuss how the Government can effectively engage with this important sector.

’It was agreed that there was value in Government meeting with the creative industries as a whole to discuss specific issues effecting the whole sector. We will meet again in three months’ time.’

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