Creative industries to drive economic growth

The UK’s creative industries are expected to play a key part in driving growth in the UK economy, the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) claimed in a release last week.

The creative industries sector, which includes music, publishing, video games and film, is predicted to grow by an average of 4% between 2009 and 2013, thus being more than double the expected growth for the rest of the economy.

Currently the UK has one of the largest creative sectors in the world, with more than 1 million people working in the industry.

However, the UK will face a fight with countries across the globe to ensure its widely-acclaimed creative sector stands up well against international competitors.

The CBI’s director of education, Susan Anderson, said of the report, "Our creative industries have huge growth potential, but the lack of trained people with relevant skills to meet the sector's specialist demands is holding it back.

Proposals made by the CBI include providing easier access to apprenticeships, to ensure that the UK’s young talents can develop the key skills required to be successful in the industry.