Creative Industries Federation calls for 'greater leadership' over Brexit

Creative Industries Federation calls for 'greater leadership' over Brexit

The Creative Industries Federation has slammed both the Conservatives and Labour for “failing to address the key issues of our time”, following party conference season.

The membership organisation for the UK's creative industries, cultural education and arts has called on political parties to “show greater leadership in determining our future relationship with the EU” following the conferences.

Prime minister Theresa May reiterated her pledge on Wednesday (4th October) at the conference in Manchester to develop a "deep and special partnership" with Europe with commitments to EU citizens who live and work in the UK. However the CIF has said she provided no new detail “that will reassure those businesses that the government has a grip on the Brexit process”.

The industry body has said that creative companies are “deeply concerned by a consistent failure to prioritise the education and skills needs of the sector”.

It also criticised Labour’s "constructive ambiguity" and called on the party to take a more decisive stand in the coming months following its conference in Brighton which ran from 24th to 27th September.

A spokesperson for the organisation said: “The creative industries have been the UK's fastest growing sector for the past decade, with employment growing at nearly four times the rate of the general economy.

“They are at the heart of the regeneration of towns and cities, and, together with digital and science, they form the bedrock of the country's future success.”

The alliance appointed Rosie Millard as deputy c.e.o. and promoted Caroline Julian to head of policy and public affairs last month.

The national chairman of the Federation of Small Businesses Mike Cherry agreed that "warm words are not enough".

He said: “The prime minister is right that private enterprise is crucial but we disagree that economic confidence has been restored as evidence shows small business confidence is plummeting.

“It’s heartening to hear the prime minister recognise that this country’s prosperity and living standards rest on the success of British business."