2024 brings a general election and several mayoral elections, with devolution firmly at the forefront of the national policy agenda. Now is a key moment to look seriously at the role culture and creative industries can play in delivering inclusive growth across the UK.
Culture and creative industries have significant economic heft, contributing £160bn to the economy with 3.2 million jobs. The UK’s status as one of the top 5 exporters of creative services globally is central to its position on the world stage. Beyond this, culture plays a vital role in our day-to-day lives, shaping who we are as individuals and communities, and contributing to our wellbeing and pride in place. While many of our most internationally recognised cultural institutions are in the UK’s capital and other major cities, the social and economic impact of culture is everywhere.