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Respect the true value of creative industries

Caroline Rush

By the time you read this, we’ll know more about the Government’s spending review and will be able to assess as businesses how it will affect us and our sector. However, it may be longer before local government makes clear how it will influence strategies for support.

By the time you read this, we’ll know more about the Government’s spending review and will be able to assess as businesses how it will affect us and our sector. However, it may be longer before local government makes clear how it will influence strategies for support.

London’s creative industries significantly contribute to the city’s (and as our capital, this country’s) international profile. London Fashion Week, the Design Festival, London Film Festival and Frieze art fair all showcase

the very best talents in this country as well as bringing international talent and global audiences to London.

LFW has grown considerably in stature and profile over the past four years. However, this would not have been possible without the support of the Mayor of London’s office and the London Development Agency (LDA), UK Trade and Investment, and our longstanding commercial sponsors. There is, however, so much more that can be achieved; the Mayor of London, the LDA and indeed central government have spoken about their support for the industry and recognise what a dynamic LFW delivers for our country’s international reputation for creativity and innovation. We hope these sentiments translate into ongoing support for our industry.

This week I was delighted to help launch the Manchester Style Guide, a consumer guide to the city’s retail landscape, as part of the Best of Manchester Fashion Awards, organised by City Co.

In Manchester, you couldn’t help but feel part of a creative city and it should be a reminder that it is vital for councils and businesses to continue to support the creative industries to maintain our culturally rich identity, a sector that not only provides jobs and encourages entrepreneurial spirits, but also enriches all of our lives.

Caroline Rush is chief executive of the British Fashion Council

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