Government launches campaign to push creative exports

Mike Freer at the campaign launch

The Department for International Trade has announced a new package of measures to support the UK’s creative industries. The UK government is leveraging the creative industries as part of a major exporting drive, as it paves its way post-Brexit.

It is part of DIT’s new “Made in Britain, Sold to the World” campaign, that provides practical export help and encourages creative businesses to sell their class goods and services globally. Exports generated by creative industries’ services were worth £37.9bn in 2019 – nearly 12% of total UK service exports. Demand internationally is growing for UK products, particularly in Asia.  

The DIT is developing an export strategy to drive an economic recovery and level up the entire country, which will be published later this year.

‘The Design Economy’, a Design Council report, estimates the contribution of design to total UK exports of goods and services to be £34bn. Meanwhile exports in 2019 from the architecture sector were worth £625m. There has also been a 49% increase in international work for UK architects since 2015. (RIBA, Business Benchmarking 2020)

Minister for Exports Mike Freer said the UK’s creative industries are a force to be reckoned with. “We create, write, produce and code amazing products, and sell them to the world. The nation can be proud of our creative industries exporters, and the jobs they create in our economy.

“Along with trade deals, we are committed to helping our creative businesses fulfil their potential on the world stage, fuelling sustainable growth for British businesses and creating new jobs in every region and nation of the UK.’

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