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Culture Secretary commits to growing the creative industries by an extra £50 billion by 2030

The Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Lucy Frazer, has announced plans for growing the creative industries by an extra £50 billion as well as creating one million extra jobs by 2030.

Speaking at the Enders Analysis and Deloitte Media and Telecoms 2023 & Beyond Conference on 18 May 2023, Frazer highlighted Britain’s ‘world class’ creative industries that ‘generated £108 billion in 2021 and employ over two million people across the country’ – ‘more than our life sciences, automotive manufacturing, aerospace and the oil and gas sectors combined.’

She promised to ‘continue to maximise that growing potential’ by ‘promoting skills from primary school children to those returning to the workforce,’ as well as ‘harness[ing] talent in clusters across the UK’:

‘It needs to build on what we have already seen across the country. Whether that’s video games in Dundee and Leamington Spa, or TV in Birmingham and Leeds.’

She also highlighted the need to target ‘specific support at different sub sectors, to unlock growth across the UK.’

Read the full transcript of the speech here.