Bradshaw speaks of ‘global future’ for UK creative industries

Culture Secretary Ben Bradshaw has reiterated the Government’s view that the creative industries are key to the UK’s future on the international stage at a time when we have ‘passed on the baton’ of more traditional industries to developing countries.

Speaking at the launch of the 2009 UK Young Creative Entrepreneur Awards last night, Bradshaw highlighted the creative industries as ‘one sector that has a global future’.

He said, ‘We as a Government put great store by the creative industries. We bat above our weight [in creativity], but there is also a huge opportunity for [Great] Britain plc to use the creative industries to spread a good feeling of Britain and help other countries.’

Bradshaw cited intellectual property, file-sharing and the digitalisation of Britain as hot political issues where the creative industries have a direct relevance.

Organised by the British Council, the UK Young Creative Entrepreneurs Awards seek to identify the brightest British business talents, aged 25-35.

The competition is open to architects and designers in product, furniture, exhibition or events design. The closing date for entries is 24 August.

The work of successful applicants will be shown at London’s 100% Design in September, before the six finalists embark on a study tour of Turkey in November. 

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