House of Commons Event
House of Commons Event
Recognised by Locate in Kent as one of the key sectors for the county’s future economic wellbeing, support for the creative industries has been given a Ministerial seal of approval at a House of Commons event.
MPs from across the region have added their support for the industry at the launch of the Creative Prospectus, hosted by the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SE LEP)
The event saw the Rt Hon John Whittingdale MP, Secretary of State for the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, launch the SE LEP Creative Prospectus.
The prospectus has been drawn up by business leaders from the creative sector, SE LEP and local authorities from across the region.
It has established the scope and scale of the creative economy in the LEP area, promotes the local benefits of a thriving creative economy and identifies actions that will help the sector realise its growth potential.
Speaking at the launch event, Mr Whittingdale said: "The creative industries are an extraordinary success story for this country, excelling in every area from video games to film and generating more than £84 billion for our economy.
“It’s great to see SE LEP focusing on the creative sector, recognising the important part it can play in the region’s growth.”
His view was supported by senior representatives from Turner Contemporary in Margate, the Fokestone-based Creative Foundation, and High House Production Park, Thurrock.
Turning to the Creative Prospectus, Graham added: “The publication demonstrates a sense of collective ambition and it sets the scene for new initiatives to unlock the massive growth potential of the creative economy in the South East
“There is strong support for both of these initiatives across SE LEP. They provide a foundation that will enable the South East to become a globally significant location for business and help to sustain the long-term success of the UK’s creative economy.”
The launch event was attended by local MPs Rehman Chishti (Gillingham and Rainham), and Kelly Tolhurst (Rochester and Strood). Other attendees included senior Whitehall officials, business support partners and delivery agents local businesses and supporters and partners from across the creative sector, including businesses and voluntary organisations.
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