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UK culture secretary wants to ‘level up’ TV, film industries

Plan includes investing in creative businesses outside of London

UK culture secretary Nadine Dorries has announced the country’s creative industries businesses will benefit from a £50 million government boost to help drive economic growth and “level up” the country.

The plan includes £21 million to help build on the international success of the UK film industry through a three-year UK Global Screen Fund, while a further £8 million will help start-up gaming businesses across the country grow their operations.

The Creative Scale Up Programme, which provides finance and business support to firms in the creative industries, will also be expanded with more than £18 million of new funding. According to the DCMS, this investment will support innovative creative businesses outside of London as part of the government’s levelling up plans.

Dorries also announced plans for a review of the UK’s creative industries, titled Sector Vision, which will be published in the summer and will set out the approach for supporting the sector into the future.

Speaking about the plans, she said: “The creative industries in the UK are truly world class and I am committed to doing everything I can to support their innovative work as they continue to thrive.

“£50 million of government investment will provide businesses across the country with the tools they need to expand their work and provide even more jobs as we look to level up opportunities across the country.”