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Next steps for regional development and the creative industries in the UK

This seminar will discuss the next steps for the development of regional creative economies - as well as their role in the wider social and economic growth of the UK.

It takes place in the context of increased regional devolution, with the appointment of new metro mayors, and is expected to follow the publication of an Industrial Strategy white paper later this year - with a commitment in January’s green paper for an early sector deal with the creative industries.

Delegates will examine key priorities for promoting sector growth across the regions and for developing creative centres outside of London - with a particular focus on cross-sector collaboration, stimulating investment, and addressing skill shortages and talent retention. They will also consider options for reviewing fiscal frameworks, funding and business support in light of devolution.

Further sessions will assess the contribution of the sector to wider local socio-economic growth and its role in placemaking - including serving regional audiences, delivering representational content and encouraging local engagement.Delegates will also consider the future position of the regions in the international market and their role in maximising the global reach of the sector, including the development of export capabilities and supporting new trade relationships with emerging markets.