Westminster Media Forum Keynote Seminar: Next steps for regional development and the creative industries in the UK

14 Dec 2017
Central London


Chaired by:

Bambos Charalambous MP

This seminar will discuss the next steps for the development of regional creative economies - as well as their role in the wider social and economic growth of the UK.

Delegates will consider the recommendations of the Independent Review into the creative industries, led by Sir Peter Bazalgette, which sets out proposals for an Industrial Strategy early sector deal with the creative industries, including as its key recommendation, further support to promote regional growth in the industry.

Attendees will examine key priorities for encouraging cross-sector collaboration, stimulating investment, and addressing skill shortages and talent retention, as well as options for reviewing fiscal frameworks, funding and business support in light of devolution.

Delegates will consider the future position of the regions in the international market and their role in maximising the global reach of the sector, including the development of export capabilities and supporting new trade relationships with emerging markets.

Overall, areas for discussion include:

  • Developing the talent pipeline: identifying and addressing regional skill needs, improving links with schools, colleges and higher education institutions, and the role of creative hubs;
  • Enterprise and training: promoting creative entrepreneurship and supporting SMEs, professional development and talent retention, and assessing the suitability of the new Apprenticeship Levy;
  • Addressing regional imbalances: creative clusters, challenges around expansion and relocation, and attracting inward investment;
  • Placemaking and serving regional audiences: impact on local socio-economic growth, encouraging local engagement and delivering representational content;
  • Policy: options for localised strategy around funding, fiscal frameworks and business, as well as supporting access to international markets and building regional export capabilities; and
  • Industrial Strategy: key priorities for regional development - particularly around productivity, infrastructure and connectivity, creative leadership, and access to finance.

Click here for the agenda of the day.

We are delighted to be able to include in this seminar keynote addresses from: Paul Bristow, Director, Strategic Partnerships, Arts Council England and Caroline Norbury, Chief Executive Officer, Creative England.

Further confirmed speakers include: Tom Campbell, Specialist, Creative Industries, Digital & Creative, Knowledge Transfer Network; Professor Andrew Chitty, Creative Economy Champion, Arts & Humanities Research Council and Professor of Creative and Digital Economy, Royal Holloway, University of London; Sally Joynson, Chief Executive, Screen Yorkshire; Mary-Alice Stack, Chief Executive, Creative United; Dick Penny, Managing Director, Watershed; Sara Pepper, Director of Creative Economy, Cardiff University and speakers conf<

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