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Creative Industries Council holds first meeting

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Newly-formed group will give creative industries a voice and help to find ways to make the sector grow.

The Creative Industries Council, announced earlier this year as part of the Plan for Growth, has met for the first time today.

The Council, chaired by Business Secretary Vince Cable, consists of leading figures from across the sector and Creative Industries Minister Ed Vaizey.

“The UK leads the world in creative talent, representing over five per cent of our economy and a large and rapidly growing share of our exports. We have the largest creative sector in Europe. But we can’t take that for granted,” said Mr Cable. “The Creative Industries Council will provide a forum for action by the industry and will ensure that it has a strong voice in developing a partnership with the Government.”

Mr Vaizey said: “The creative industries are a key part of our economy and we must ensure the Government helps this sector grow. I look forward to working closely with the Council to ensure the UK’s creative industries can continue to thrive.”

The Council will form working groups which will look in detail at a select number of issues including skills and training, access to finance and intellectual property. It is expected to present its findings and recommendations in January 2012.

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