Westminster Media Forum Policy Conference (Online)

16/06/20 to 16/06/20
8.30am - 1.00pm
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Next steps for developing the UK creative industries – identifying and delivering research priorities, collaboration and investment.  A major focus of this event will be the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, with discussion expected on: the impact on the creative industries and how they will need to adapt going forward, and recovery, and what further support may be needed for the sector beyond measures such as the recently announced emergency support packagefor businesses and self-employed workers.

With the immense challenges facing the sector, the requirements for research, support and innovation being considered at this conference take on increased importance, including:

  • funding and support
  • collaborative innovation, drawing in higher education and research institutions, policymakers, and all sections of the creative industries
  • business development across the UK regions and nations
  • research to inform decision making
  • strategies for improving the UK’s competitiveness and positioning in the global creative industries sector

As the UK negotiates trading arrangements with the EU and other international partners, we also expect discussion on the impact of Brexit on the UK creative industries sector. Key areas for consideration include what the sector needs from an immigration system in order to maintain access to the global talent that organisations require.

The agenda – Where next for the UK’s creative industries;

  • Growing the creative economy: examining the Creative Industries Cluster Programme so far
  • Key priorities for research – utilising latest insights and identifying knowledge gaps, widening evidence base to inform policymaking, and making the case for investment
  • Driving innovation throughout the UK – intellectual property protection, and access to talent, business development support and finance
  • Positioning the UK at the forefront of creative innovation and sustaining sector growth – key priorities going forward

Chairs and speakers 
Keynote contributions: Professor Andrew Chitty, Challenge Director: Audience of the Future, UKRI and Creative Economy Champion, Arts and Humanities Research Council; Gerwyn Evans, Deputy Director, Creative Wales, Welsh Government; John Newbigin, Ambassador for the Creative Industries, Cultural Leadership Board, Mayor of London and Chair, International Advisory Council, The Creative Industries Policy and Evidence Centre (PEC) and John Zeff, Independent Consultant and Chair, Advisory Board, The Creative Industries Policy and Evidence Centre (PEC).

Speakers also confirmed: Josh Burge, Investment Manager, Edge Investments; Tamara Cincik, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Fashion Roundtable; Jessica Driscoll, Head of Immersive Technology, Digital Catapult; Eliza Easton, Head of Policy Unit, The Creative Industries Policy and Evidence Centre (PEC); Julia Lamaison, Head of Research and Statistics, British Film Institute; Fiona Latter, Creative Enterprise Scale-Up Programme Lead, West Midlands Combined Authority; Rayyan Mughal, Associate, Marks & Clerk; Sean Taylor, Project Director, InGAME: Innovation for Games and Media Enterprise and Member, International Game Developers Association and Professor Ben Walmsley, Professor of Cultural Engagement and Director, Centre for Cultural Value, University of Leeds.

Chaired by:
Rt Hon the Lord Foster of Bath, Vice Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Media Group
Alex Davies-Jones MP, Member, Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee

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