The UK is recognised throughout the world as a creative nation. The UK's creative economy employs 2.5 million people - more than financial services, manufacturing or construction - and has grown four times faster than the workforce as a whole in recent years.
However, behind the headline stats lies a picture of considerable disruption and uncertainty, particularly associated with digital technology. Nesta's Hasan Bakhshi and Juan Mateos-Garcia teamed up with Nesta Fellow Ian Hargreaves to review what this means for policy.
In their Manifesto for the Creative Economy, the authors set out 10 recommendations in areas spanning education to R&D, regulation of online markets and arts funding which, if implemented, would leave the UK's creative businesses far better placed to compete in global markets in the coming years.
- Chair: Stian Westlake, Executive Director of Nesta's Policy & Research team.
- Hasan Bakhshi, Director, Creative Industries in Nesta’s Policy & Research team
- Ian Hargreaves, Professor, Digital Economy at Cardiff University and Nesta Research Fellow in 2012/13
- Lord David Puttnam, award-winning producer, policy adviser on education and the creative industries and founding Chair of Nesta
- Diane Coyle, freelance economist and Managing Director of Enlightenment Economics
- Jason Goodman, digital entrepreneur and founder and CEO of digital advertising agency Albion