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Help provide the skills and digital infrastructure that creative companies need

Last updated: 02:41pm 1 September 2019

We will help provide the skills and digital infrastructure that creative companies need…

Conservative Party Manifesto 2017, p.78

Our verdict

Britain’s creative industries contribute over £100 billion to the economy and employ more than two million people. This policy promises to “help provide” skills to the sector, for example through training or attracting talent, and to “help provide” digital infrastructure. Digital infrastructure means services essential to connecting and communicating digitally, through accessing and using information technology – e.g. broadband, phone networks, communications satellites, etc.

In November 2017, the government launched their Industrial Strategy outlining plans for boosting productivity. The Creative Industries Sector Deal arose from that strategy. It is an agreement between the government and the Creative Industries Council to invest over £150 million across the sector.

Under this deal, there has been significant investment. An £80 million research programme was launched in November 2018, looking at ways to boost the productivity and earning potential of creative industries.

Also, in December 2018 the government announced an investment of £20 million for careers programming in creative businesses, including the gaming sector.

These deals and investment are geared towards providing training, development or funding to boost creative industries. The value of the sector to the overall economy continues to grow. This manifesto pledge is to “help provide the skills and digital infrastructure that creative companies need”. We think the evidence is there to say that this one is ‘done’.

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