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    Government Sharpens Focus on Creative Exports
    A new public-private partnership to help boost Britain’s £4 billion ‘invisible’ exports of creative work has been formed today.

    The Creative Exports Group (CEG) is a new partnership between the key trade associations and Government to provide the best possible channel for communication between creative Britain and its market.

    Made up of representatives of the copyright based Creative Industries in the UK, the CEG aims to make a significant contribution towards boosting the industry’s economic potential at home, while raising awareness of the UK’s role at the heart of worldwide creativity and innovation.

    Newspaper, book and magazine publishing, computer software and services, interactive media, music publishing and recording, broadcasting and the film industry will all be covered by the group’s work.

    The Chairman of the new Creative Exports Group is Andrew Yeates, Director General of the British Phonographic Industry Ltd. Commenting he said:
    “The economic and cultural impact of the UK’s creative sector is far-reaching but has the potential to be even greater. The Creative Exports Group provides a necessary focus to drive our export agenda forward and I welcome this opportunity to work with our partners.”

    The CEG will provide a national forum for copyright based Creative Industries and Government to examine issues affecting the export of goods and services and consider ways of enhancing export performance.

    Over the next 12 months the Group aims to:

    monitor current research on the “content” sector and make it readily available to the Group and its constituent members and to see where the Group can work with Government to act on this research;
    work with industry and Government in order to make best use of funding programmes for the content sector and help steer the Government’s export agenda for the sector;
    enable specific Industry working groups including those concerned with music; radio; publishing; film; and television to look at issues affecting their sector and make recommendations to the Group; and
    act as an effective lobby on issues of finance and regulation affecting the “content” sector.
    The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and Trade Partners UK (the Government Organisation set up to help UK companies trade internationally) will provide joint secretariat to CEG.

    The Group will be working with three other Creative Industry Export Groups (Performing Arts International Development; Design Partners; and Cultural Heritage and Tourism) and with the Digital Content Forum to share best practice, inform and drive the Governments support for exporting the Creative Industries.

    The CEG is due to meet for the first time on 27 June 2002 then again in October and December.

    Notes for Editors

    1. Many of the relevant Industries’ principal trade associations and strategic bodies are represented on the Group such as the British Phonographic Industry (BPI); the Producers Alliance for Cinema & Television (PACT); the Commercial Radio Companies Association; the Advertising Producers Association (APA); the Publishers Association; the Periodical Publishers Association (PPA); the Film Council; the BBC; the British Television Distributors Association (BTDA); the Music Publishers Association (MPA); and the British Council, along with Government representation from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS); Trade Partners UK (TPUK); and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). A list of the current membership can be found attached to this press release.

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