According to the Creative Industries' Knowledge Transfer Network strategy programme for 2013 to 2016 the creative industries make up one of the UK’s leading industrial sectors, responsible for 1.4 million jobs and 5.3% of the country’s GVA. Apparently the UK has around 5% of the global export market for creative goods which ranges "from advertising and crafts to performing arts and video games." The document adds that
"As well as their direct economic value, these industries play an important role in catalysing innovation across the wider economy, through the products and services they provide, but also as means of originating and spreading new ideas, knowledge and ways of working."In accordance with this strategy the KTN has announced tow two funding competitions that start this month:
- £15 million for cross-platform production in digital media; and
- £2.5m for collaborative research and development projects that lead to efficient digital transaction environments for the content industries.
To discuss those competitions the KTN is holding briefing meetings in London, Manchester, Glasgow, Gateshead, Birmingham and Cardiff. The Manchester meeting will take place between 10:30 and 16:30 on 1 Oct 2013 at "The Landing", Salford, M50 2ST and you can book on-line through Eventbrite.