Creative & Cultural Industries


The Creative & Cultural Industries are important to LEPs. Here are some reasons why ...

In 2014, the economic contribution of culture (in the form of museums, galleries, libraries and the arts) was £5.4 billion, representing 0.3 per cent of the total UK economy; employing over 320,000 people. See here for more ...

UK’s Creative Industries grew by 8.9 per cent in 2014 - almost double UK economy as a whole; UK’s Creative Industries generate nearly £9.6million per hour and in 2016 the UK’s creative industries are now worth a record £84.1 billion to the UK economy. See here for more ...

Arts Council England’s Creative Local Growth Fund is supporting cultural organisations to work with Local Enterprise Partnerships and key strategic bodies to contribute to local economic growth. Almost £4 million has already been awarded to nine areas across the country and this is expected to bring in over £8.4 million in additional funding from other sources. See here for more ...

LEP Activity

Many LEPs have prioritised the Creative & Cultural Industries as a growth sector to support, and help stimulate further economic growth.

Below are a few samples of local strategies and reports that have been produced about this sector, which can be downloaded by clicking on the relevant links ...

  • Creative South East, a global centre of excellence for Creative Industries - click here.
  • Leicester & Leicestershire's creative sector summary - click here.
  • SEMLEP, Arts, Heritage, Sports, Visitor Economy, Cultural and Creative Sector - click here.
  • South East LEP, impact assessment of the creative industry - click here.
  • South East LEP, creative economy prospectus - click here.

Culture White paper - March 2016

The Culture White Paper sets out the government’s vision, strategy and proposals for the cultural sectors (the arts, museums and galleries, libraries, archives and heritage).

It outlines the key issues facing the cultural sectors today and the role we want culture to play in our society; what the government and our public public bodies will do to address those issues; and how we will ensure that everyone can enjoy and benefit from culture.

As announced at Budget 2016 and included in the White Paper the government will establish a review to examine how church buildings and cathedrals in England can become more financially sustainable. Bernard Taylor, Deputy Lieutenant for Oxfordshire, will lead the review.

The terms of reference can be found in the full document available here.


Creativity is Great

Creativity is Great

New figures published in January 2016 reveal that the UK’s Creative Industries are now worth £84.1 billion per year to the UK economy. See here for more ...

Some headlines ...
* UK’s Creative Industries grew by 8.9 per cent in 2014 - almost double UK economy as a whole.
* UK’s Creative Industries generate nearly £9.6million per hour.
* 2016 set to be another blockbuster year for UK’s music, film, video games, TV and publishing sectors.
* The UK’s creative industries are now worth a record £84.1 billion to the UK economy.

British films, music, video games, crafts and publishing are taking a lead role in driving the UK’s economic recovery, according to the latest Government statistics.

The figures show the sector growing at almost twice the rate of the wider UK economy - generating £9.6million per hour.

And this success is set to last, with a strong line-up of British talent and creativity in 2016 promising yet another blockbuster year ahead.


Creative Local Growth fund

The Creative Local Growth fund recognises how art and culture can contribute to local economic growth and will support art and cultural organisations to contribute to local economic growth by helping fund activity to support the creative industries, tourism and a stronger cultural sector by levering in EU Structural and Investment Funds from Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs).

More information about the fund is available here.

Successful applicants

Nine applicants from across the country successfully applied to the Creative Local Growth fund, with a total value of £3,819,971. 

The funding helped with a range of economic activity such as: digital innovation; R&D; tourism generation; new jobs creation and supporting the growth of small and medium-sized enterprises in the creative and cultural sectors.

More information about the successful applicants is available here.


Great Places, Heritage Action Zones & Discover England

At last year’s Spending Review, the Chancellor reflected that ‘one of the best investments we can make as a nation is in our extraordinary arts, museums, heritage, media and sport. £1bn a year in grants add a quarter of a trillion pounds to our economy - not a bad return.’

Ministers from the Department of Culture, Media & Sport, Rt Hon David Evennett MP (Minister for Sport, Tourism & Heritage) and Ed Vaizey MP (Minister of State for Culture & the Digital Economy), have written to LEPs to highlight several new initiatives the government is taking for heritage and tourism.

The DCMS letter highlights that up to a further £40m is available from the new Discover England fund - Round 1 of the scheme is already live and Round 2 of the scheme will go live in July. Additional funding to support a LEP area’s cultural offer is also available from National Lottery distributors through a new Great Place Scheme.   In addition, Historic England is launching Heritage Action Zones, a new initiative to help manage change and make historic assets more productive in areas of growth.

Cultural Destinations

England is a world class tourist destination. A key reason for this is the strength of our cultural and heritage offer. To maximise this the Arts Council is inviting applications to the second round of the Cultural Destinations programme.

This funds partnerships between arts and cultural organisations and the tourism sector to provide a strong basis for the cultural offer to drive growth in the visitor economy. The first round of Cultural Destinations provided a share of £3m to such partnerships around the country. 

The second round opened for applicants on 14 July - and the deadline for applications is the 26th August 2016. The Arts Council encourages applicants to align their proposals with the new £40million Discover England Fund, which seeks to ensure that England stays competitive in the rapidly growing global tourist market.

For further information on the Cultural Destinations programme, including how to apply,  visit