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Festivals on Festivals: Autumn Edition

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Festivals on Festivals: Autumn Edition

Recently, Birmingham and the West Midlands was crowned ‘Event Destination of the Year’ at an awards ceremony for the exhibitions industry, the EN (Exhibition News) Supplier Awards 2023.

There are plenty of fantastic Film Festivals and screening popping up across the region over the coming months. So, why not highlight all the fun things that make us the Event Destination of the Year.

National Cinema Day

Kicking off with National Cinema Day on 02 September 2023, where hundreds of cinemas across the UK are came together, offering tickets to all screenings from just £3. Cinemas showed a mix of recently-released films, as well as bringing back much-loved classics, many of which may not have been shown on the big screen in a number of years.

I Will Tell International Film Festival

The 17th edition of I Will Tell International Film Festival will take place in London, Birmingham and Bristol in the UK with the support of the British Film Institute bringing the festival to wider audiences across the UK. The festival will happen from 7-10 September 2023 in The Mockingbird Cinema and Birmingham Town Hall.

Birmingham Heritage Week

The city-wide celebration of almost 200 events showcasing Birmingham’s fascinating history, people, and places for Birmingham Heritage Week is from 8-17 September 2023. As part of the celebrations Matthew R Ford’s fascinating documentary ‘City On Screen‘ about Birmingham’s cinematic history, will be showing at The Mockingbird Cinema on 16 September 2023.

Pocket Film Festival

The Pocket Film Festival, supported by Film Hub Midlands, whirrs back into action again to deliver festival number 6 across Stafford from 12-17 September 2023. The six-day watch fest will be bringing more cinematic treats, special events, and performances back to venues across Stafford and beyond.

Screen B14: Thursday Film Night

The community cinema Screen B14 is back with their monthly Thursday Film Night residency at the Cuban Embassy (The Bulls Head), with the next night will be a screening of Pearl (15) on 21 September 2023. This is an amazing opportunity to build a regular local audience with exclusive film screenings that can’t be found anywhere else.

Birmingham Anime Film Festival

In its inaugural year, Birmingham Anime Film Festival will run from 29 September to 5 October 2023 with screenings in Digbeth and Edgbaston. The festival is organised by The Mockingbird Cinema in partnership with Geeky Brummie, Midlands Art Centre (MAC), and Flatpack Film Festival, sponsored by AllTheAnime.

Caribbean International Film Fest

Launching at the Midlands Arts Centre from 30 September to 1 October, 2023, Caribbean International Film Fest will screen a range of memorable films over an exciting weekend of engaging cinema and community in the West Midlands.

BFI London film Festival

The BFI London Film Festival isn’t exclusive to London. Once again, their fabulous partner cinemas will bring audiences around the UK a thrilling line-up of BFI London Film Festival films. In Birmingham, the MAC will screen a selection of LFF films throughout the beginning of October.

Worcester Film Festival

With year 3 of Worcester Film Festival, they’ll be returning to their prestigious venue at The Royal Porcelain Works and more. They have some big plans for this year from 4-7 October 2023, so get ready for their launch event, film screenings, Q&As, networking evenings, talks, and awards gala.

Short is Beautiful Festival

The exciting new Short is Beautiful Festival, in association with IMA Festival, proudly presented by Solihull Council and Culture Solihull, will take place across 16-17 October at The Core Theatre Solihull, with a programme of industry panels, workshops, and screenings.

Cine Excess

The annual international film festival and conference Cine Excess is back on 18-27 October 2023. Raising Hell: Demons, Darkness and the Abject invites participants to consider both classic and contemporaneous texts and consider their ongoing influence for both film audiences and cinema scholars.

Birmingham Film and TV Market

The Birmingham Film and TV Market provides the opportunity for one-on-one meetings between filmmakers and film & TV investors/ distributors, leading to film & television acquisitions, and production and distribution deals. All taking place on 27 October 2023 in The Grand Hotel.

Reel and Meal

The MAC’s popular Reel & Meal events pair a film from the world of international cinema with a delicious meal that nods to its theme. Upcoming screenings include Jurassic Park 30th Anniversary, Hocus Pocus, and City of God. The events are reminiscent of last month’s first ever Stirchley Film and Food Festival, by Stirchley Open Cinema teamed up with Yuup, who delivered an exciting line-up of films matched to excellent food from local restaurants.

The Black Country Horror Shorts Film Festival

Now in its fourth year, The Black Country Horror Shorts Film Festival by Weeping Bank Productions are proud to present their festival of original short horror films from around the world. Come down to the Ruskin Glass Centre in Stourbridge on 11 November 2023 for a horror-tastic night.

Birmingham Film Festival

Ending the year in the best way with Birmingham Film Festival on 17-26 November 2023, showcasing and recognising talent on a world stage. All screenings and many events are free to attend including features, shorts, documentaries, screen plays, TV pilots, and music videos on the main theatre screen in Millenium Point, as well support events with special guests.

For more details about exciting upcoming industry events in Birmingham and the West-Midlands, visit Film Birmingham’s events page.

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Writers’ festival launched in partnership with Birmingham Hippodrome

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Writers’ festival launched in partnership with Birmingham Hippodrome

A new festival for stage and screen writers is being launched by Transition Stage Company in partnership with Birmingham Hippodrome.

Taking place at Birmingham Hippodrome from January 25 to 27, 2024, StoryTown Festival will include competitions, networking events, and panel discussions.

BBC Writers Room is supporting the festival and will host a free event as part of it.

Further details of the programme are yet to be announced, but it will include other free events and covers multiple genres of writing, including musical theatre.

Transition Theatre Company’s annual script writing competition Enter.Stage.Write will also take place as part of the festival on January 25 and 26, alongside its Amplified competition, which focuses on black, asian and minority comedy writers.

Both competitions will see five shortlisted scripts staged as performances in front of an audience and a panel of judges, followed by an awards ceremony. The winner of each competition will receive a £1,000 prize and a year of writing support.

This year’s judging panel will include creative director at Birmingham Hippodrome Chris Sudworth; director Darcia Martin; producer Lisa Walters; and development executive at Expand Media (Sky Studios) Scott Pope.

Natalie Edward-Yesufu, chief executive of Transition Stage Company and Enter.Stage.Write, said: “It’s vital that writers and storytellers embrace entrepreneurship, knowledge, and collaboration in the face of artificial intelligence and job uncertainty amidst the cost of living crisis.”

“Enter.Stage.Write is our celebration of writers, while StoryTown festival facilitates connections and learning among writers, producers, and storytellers. I’m thrilled to gather individuals from across the UK in Birmingham for this exciting experiment in unity.”

Sudworth added: “We’re delighted to partner with Enter.Stage.Write to showcase exceptional new works in the West Midlands.”

“The programme chimes perfectly with the artist development and producing journey we have begun at the Hippodrome, supporting the creation of work that represents and reflects our great city.”

Edward-Yesufu plans for the festival to continue annually.

Source: The Stage, article by Giverny Masso

Film and TV Charity rolls out extra £0.5million to help UK film, TV, and cinema workers

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Film and TV Charity rolls out unprecedented extra £0.5million to help UK film, TV, and cinema workers in urgent financial need as industry faces critical economic conditions that could devastate the livelihood of professionals, with long term consequences for the industry as a whole.

The Film and TV Charity has confirmed it is adding an additional £500,000 to its existing budget in response to the increase it has seen in applications for support with urgent financial need. Following a briefing call with representatives from its corporate partners, BBC, Channel 4, Channel 5, Prime Video, ITV, Hartswood Films, and Banijay have also pledged further donations to bolster the Charity’s budget, adding to donations from other organisations and individuals that have been made during the Charity’s summer campaign. Other partners are expected to add to the overall pot as the challenging period looks set to continue.

The Charity, which supports the mental health and the financial and social wellbeing of people working in behind-the-scenes roles in film, television, and cinema, made the announcement ahead of its incoming CEO, Marcus Ryder MBE, speaking to delegates at the Edinburgh TV Festival.

The move follows an 800% rise in applications for stop-gap grants in July 2023 compared to the same month in 2022 and is also in response to emerging evidence that workers across the industry are exposed to financial insecurity that can negatively impact their mental health, with a wide range of current and more systemic contributing factors causing a perfect storm for many.

The Charity’s recent survey looking at the financial resilience of industry workers shows that 46% of respondents had zero or less than £1,000 in savings and half aren’t contributing to a pension. People from marginalised groups were more likely to be affected, with carers, Black and Global Majority, and Disabled workers often finding it even harder to navigate current financial pressures with higher levels of debt and lower household incomes. Insights from the survey will be presented and examined during the Charity’s Edinburgh session, entitled Production under pressure: Supporting life on the frontline, featuring Ryder; financial wellbeing and inclusion consultant and Film and TV Charity Trustee, Kirsty Good; and Dean Webster, Head of Development at Ten66.

The Film and TV Charity encourages anyone who is dealing with financial worries, debt or who is experiencing mental health concerns to contact its free, 24/7 Film and TV Support Line by calling 0800 054 0000 or by visiting There they can access tools and advice to support their financial wellbeing, as well as check their eligibility and apply for urgent financial support.

Source: Film and TV Charity

Kudos Knight options Fringe play for Birmingham slate

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Kudos Knight options Fringe play for Birmingham slate

Nathan Queeley-Dennis’ debut takes in various West Midlands cultural touch points.

Kudos Knight’s West Midlands-focused slate has yielded its first project under newly appointed Rem Conway, with a story about a young Black Brummie’s fraught love life.

Broadcast can reveal that the partnership has optioned Nathan Queeley-Dennis’ 2023 Edinburgh Fringe play Bullring Techno Makeout Jamz and is in the early stages of developing a drama out of the show.

Bullring Techno Makeout Jamz is Queeley-Dennis’ debut work, for which he won the 2022 Bruntwood Prize for playwrighting. It follows the story of Nathaniel as he explores the tricky world of dating around his locales in Birmingham.

Nathaniel, a serious romantic, views love as a fine art and is looking for a suitable match. During his journey of self-discovery Nathaniel explores Black masculinity through Beyonce lyrics, live music experiences and the deeply intimate relationship a man has with his barber.

The coming-of-age story takes audiences to different cultural touchpoints in the West Midlands including raves in Digbeth, the Rotunda and – specifically – the McDonald’s in New Street Station.

The title from theatre company Paines Plough, which has just completed its run at the Roundabout at Summerhall in Edinburgh to positive reviews, had been brought to Kudos Knight prior to Conway’s appointment as development producer earlier this month. But the Sex Education, My Name is Leon and Riches producer was immediately taken by the script and is working with Queeley-Dennis on the project.

The playwright and actor was born and raised in Erdington, Birmingham. His performance credits including Black Love (Kiln Theatre) written by Chinonyerem Odimba, and Really Big and Really Loud (Paines Plough) written by Phoebe Eclair-Powell.

Kudos Knight, set up by the Banijay label and Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight, has ambitious plans to grow a world-renowned scripted production hub in the West Midlands, and is already prepping Knight’s historical music drama This Town for the BBC.

Conway has been brought in to spearhead a local development slate of dramas to be produced in Birmingham using local talent and stories.

Speaking to Broadcast at the Edinburgh TV Festival, Conway and Kudos co-managing director Martin Haines talked up the importance of securing pipeline for the Digbeth Loc-based Kudos Knight, to help underscore its reputation as a hub for local programming.

Source: Broadcast – Article by John Elmes

UK’s leading film location services group with West Midlands depot, grows by 18%

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UK’s leading film location services group with West Midlands depot, grows by 18%

James Williams, CEO of Supply 2 Location Group, the UK’s leading supplier of location services and logistics to the film and HETV industry, with a regional depot in the West Midlands issued the following trading statement earlier this week:

“Following the conclusion of our management buy-out in June 2022, we are delighted to announce that our turnover for the year ending 31st May 2023 was £10.2m which is an 18.4% increase on last year and maintains our profile of sustained growth over the last four years. This increase is reflective of the success and continued growth of the UK’s film and HETV industry.

Over the past year, we have also made several strategic investments in our overall plan to complete our UK-wide network.

In December, we opened our Northern depot in Knowsleyquickly followed by our second Scottish depot at Pioneer Studios and our seventh depot serving the Midlands. These new depots will continue to contribute to our growth by providing a highly effective, seamless, integrated hub and spoke network across the UK.

As part of our strategy to reinvest in the latest equipment including environmentally friendly plant, Stage V generators and battery solutions, we have maintained our capital expenditure in line with the previous year at £1.5m.

We are currently in negotiations to establish our first international depot. Whilst at the feasibility stage, it is an exceptional opportunity and would represent a significant step forward in our business development plan.

The industry as a whole, including supply chain infrastructure and technical operations, continues to be affected by the ongoing screenwriters’ and actors’ strikes in America. This will have a far-reaching financial impact around the globe, and we can only hope that it is quickly resolved. Our Group’s exposure to this is mitigated by our broad UK customer base and our diversification into infrastructure support and maintenance including generator refurbishment for major UK blue-chip organisations, which continues to expand weekly.

Supply 2 Location Group continues to lead the way in offering innovative, cost-effective, and flexible solutions tailored to our clients’ budgets, time and location constraints. This depth of experience and determination to be the industry market leader in providing a quality service to the world’s leading TV and film production companies has seen us support this year Walt Disney ‘Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny’, Warner Bros ‘The Batman’, Paramount ‘Mission Impossible – Dead Reckoning’, Amazon ‘The Rig’, Apple TV ‘Silo13’, Netflix ‘Bridgerton’ and ‘The Witcher‘ and Sony TV ‘Outlander.

Our goal is to continue to develop the S2L brand and growth of our Group, increasing employment opportunities, improving our levels of service and evolving our range of sustainable equipment.”

MIDLANDS: 5-6 Franchise Street, Wednesbury, WS10 9RG, Serving Midlands Region

Source: Supply 2 Location

Kudos Knight appoints Rem Conway to grow West Midlands scripted production pipeline

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Kudos Knight appoints Rem Conway to grow West Midlands scripted production pipeline

Kudos Knight, the creative partnership between leading scripted producer Kudos and Peaky Blinders, SAS Rogue Heroes and This Town creator Steven Knight, earlier this week announced the appointment of Sex Education Producer Rem Conway as their Development Producer to spearhead their ambitious plans to grow a world renowned scripted production hub in the West Midlands.

This new role will support the Kudos Knight management team in developing a vibrant drama slate to be produced in
Birmingham. Identifying and nurturing emerging local voices and proven writers from the area, Rem will work closely
with the Kudos creative team to bring these projects, which will be made in the West Midlands, to life. Particular
focus will be given to championing under-represented and previously unheard voices, to build the most creatively
diverse and exciting pool of talent possible.

The partnership also announced the opening of their new Kudos Knight office at the Minerva Works in Birmingham,
part of Steven Knight’s Digbeth Loc. Studios development, where Rem will be based.

A Birmingham native, Rem began his career in theatre production before making the transition to film and TV. A
writer, producer and director, his production credits include Netflix’s Sex Education, BBC’s My Name is Leon, ITV’s
Our House and ITV/Amazon’s Riches.

Passionate about bridging the gap between grassroots creatives and the wider industry, Rem will work closely with
local partners, cultural organisations, including theatres and screen agencies, to identify writing talent and broaden
the range of the Kudos Knight writer talent base.

Martin Haines, Joint MD of Kudos, said; “Rem is a fantastic addition to the team. He shares our drive to supercharge
scripted production in Birmingham and with him on board, a new Digbeth base, a growing pipeline of productions
and upcoming investment in local skills, there is real momentum behind the Kudos Knight partnership and the TV
industry in Birmingham.”

Rem Conway, Kudos Knight Development Producer, said; “Being a Brummie, this feels like a long-time coming and I
am honoured to be a part of the journey. Birmingham is rich with all the ingredients we need to create world-class
content and being rooted in Digbeth is the first big step for us. Now we’re rooted, I am focused on our reach. I want
to collaborate with trailblazing writers, discover the next generation of storytellers and work with partners that
share our determination to succeed. We’re open for business and ready to go!”

The Kudos Knight Partnership is committed to growing the TV and film industry in the West Midlands and set to
make substantial long-term financial investment in skills and training to grow the local workforce.

In the first initiative to be announced, Kudos Knight will work in partnership with the Birmingham Film Academy, a
boutique, specialist film and television training facility based at Digbeth Loc. Studios. Together they will create access
and pathways for local people into the screen industries, providing practical training courses embedded in industry
practice to ensure participants have the necessary skills needed to serve the growing production sector in the

Steven Knight, said; “Our plan is to change the game in the West Midlands as regards creative industries and in
particular TV and film. We will be a globally important content making hub, hosting the world’s best story tellers and
producing world beating international productions. To take on the world we need the best of Birmingham on our
side. Our doors are open, our story has begun.”

Karen Wilson, Joint MD of Kudos, added; “Birmingham and the West Midlands are a thriving hub of incredibly
talented creative people – from writers and directors, to producers and actors. Working with the brilliant Steven
Knight we will tell stories inspired by the West Midlands to audiences across the globe. It’s an incredibly exciting
time and big things are set to come.”

The Kudos Knight partnership was established to support production and creative development in the region. Kudos
(part of Banijay UK), the production company behind Knight’s recent BBC One drama, SAS Rogue Heroes, as well as
high profile series including Then You Run, Deadwater Fell, Grantchester, Code 404 and International Emmy winning
Responsible Child, signed a deal with Peaky Blinders, SAS Rogue Heroes, Taboo and See creator Steven Knight to build
a scripted production pipeline in Birmingham. Kudos have a first look deal with Steven Knight for UK projects, which
will be made in Birmingham with Knight’s Digbeth Loc. Studios as its hub.

Production has already been completed on the first title from the Kudos Knight slate, This Town which was filmed on
location in Birmingham and Coventry and produced from Digbeth Loc. Studios. The new six-part drama which will air
on BBC One in the UK and explores the beginnings of the two tone music scene which grew from the grass roots of
Coventry and Birmingham in the late 70s and early 80s. Kudos Knight is also currently developing a new drama series
about the life of William Shakespeare, based on a concept by the BAFTA-winning Happy Valley star Sarah Lancashire
and has several high profile developments on its slate.

Source: Kudos Knight

Steven Knight teases the release of This Town on BBC Radio 4

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Steven Knight teases the release of This Town on BBC Radio 4

Peaky Blinders creator, Steven Knight, joined BBC Radio 4’s Today programme on Wednesday 2nd August, discussing his major new six-part BBC One project This Town, which was filmed in Birmingham and the West Midlands earlier this year.

This Town is a Brum based 80s family saga, set against the backdrop of the Two-tone scene. To give a flavour of what to expect in This Town, Steven was introduced with a series of 80s songs including Ghost Town by The Specials, On My Radio by The Selecter, and Mirror In The Bathroom by The Beat.

Steven explained how he grew up with this music in the early 80s West Midlands. “The series is not just about the music, it’s about individuals who are in difficult situations for whom the music is a kind of salvation. So it’s a homage to the music, but also a homage to the West Midlands and the people of the West Midlands, who are always endlessly creative.

Steven reveals that This Town is the first of many productions to come out of his new studios in Birmingham, Digbeth Loc. “My ambition is to really increase the level of TV and film production. So we’re converting some derelict but beautiful Victorian warehouses and a waste disposal department and turning them into what will be state of the art studios. We’ve already attracted Master Chef, who will be coming there to have Digbeth as their base.

Really what we want to do is to not plant the industry or land the industry like a spaceship into Birmingham and then put barbed wire around it. We don’t see the point of that. What we want to do is attract and employ local people to train local people to get the skills levels up so that we can actually have people walking and cycling to work when they’re making international and national TV and movies.”

Finally, Steven teases his hopes for the release of This Town to be in the early part of next year. “I’ve watched the first four [episodes] cut together and I would say this, wouldn’t I? But it is quite remarkable.

To listen to the full interview with Steven Knight, click here and go to 02:23:00.

Source: BBC Radio 4 – Today

Film London PFM and NTS open for applications

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Production Finance Market 2023 and New Talent Strand open for applications!

PFM is Film London’s annual feature film market, taking place in October in association with BFI London Film Festival (this year the market runs from 10-11 Oct, at the Thistle Hotel in Marble Arch). Filmmakers can apply with feature projects, and successful applicants take part in an intensive series of one-to-one meetings with financiers (including broadcasters, investors, sales agents, distributors and public funders).

The New Talent strand welcomes applications from filmmaking teams embarking on making their first or second feature. (Note: this year, they’ve removed the €1million budget ceiling.) In addition to giving the selected teams a day of one-to-one meetings with financiers, they offer an intensive Prep Week full of valuable training on pitching, financing and the world of independent film.

For filmmakers interested in applying to the New Talent Strand, Film London are holding some Zoom roundtables in the coming weeks (June 8th, 22nd & 29th) at 4pm. Production & Development Executive Sanj Krishnan will be there to tell filmmakers more about the market and application process and answer any questions. You can register here.

There’s more information on Film London’s website about the PFM and New Talent strand.

And filmmakers can apply for the market here (deadline is Wednesday 6th July at 5pm)

The PFM and NTS Key Dates:

  • 6 July 2023: Application deadline
  • September 2023 (exact dates TBC): New Talent Strand PFM Prep Week
  • 10 October 2023: Production Finance Market Day 1
  • 10 October 2023: New Talent strand Final Prep Day
  • 11 October 2023: Production Finance Market Day 2
  • 11 October 2023: New Talent strand Market Day

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Clean Air Day

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Clean Air Day celebration event encourages small changes to make a big difference.

On Thursday 15 June, shoppers and commuters at Birmingham’s Grand Central had the opportunity to make a personal pledge to improve air quality at an event to mark the UK’s largest campaign on air pollution, Clean Air Day.

Birmingham residents attending the event were be able to talk to Birmingham City Council’s Brum Breathes team to find out more about the work they are doing to improve the city’s air.

Visitors to the event were able to make pledges to use more public transport, to walk more, or to stop idling their car engines, each of which have been identified as simple steps that can make a major impact on air quality.

The event follows the recent launch of the Brum Breathes Fund, which offers a total of £4million in funding to deliver projects that contribute to cleaner air in every ward of the city.

Councillor Liz Clements, Cabinet Member for Transport at Birmingham City Council, said: “Everybody can make positive changes when it comes to improving air quality in the city, and there’s no better time to underline this than Clean Air Day. Through events like this, we can share our message and help build understanding of how small actions can make a big difference“.

Birmingham’s Clean Air Zone

Birmingham City Council introduced a Clean Air Zone in the centre of Birmingham (within the A4540 Middleway) on Tuesday 1 June 2021. In March last year, Birmingham City Council said levels of nitrogen dioxide had dropped 13% since the Clean Air Zone was introduced.

The Clean Air Zone is in operation 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, which means film and tv productions must take this into consideration when looking to shoot in the centre of Birmingham.

No vehicle is banned in the zone, but vehicles that do not meet the emission standards for the zone are subject to a daily fee. The daily fee can be paid online or by phone and it is important to note that a charging day is from midnight to midnight. If you do need to pay the daily fee you can do so six days before your day of travel, the day of travel or six days after your day of travel.

People living inside Birmingham’s Clean Air Zone have now lost their exemption from paying charges, as of 1st June 2023. It means any resident driving a vehicle not compliant with the zone’s emission standards will have to pay £8 from now onwards. The city council said it has contacted the owners of 2,382 vehicles which still had the active exemption up to the 1st June.

There has been an extensive programme of communication to holders of this exemption and they are being reminded that, if they work in the Zone, they may be eligible for the Council’s vehicle scrappage grant,” the council said.

It is important to note that the end of the temporary residents’ exemption does not impact on the permanent exemptions that are in place, which include categories such as emergency vehicles, vehicles with disabled passenger tax class, community vehicles and recovery vehicles.”

To find out if you need to pay the daily fee, visit the GOV.UK website.

For more information about Birmingham’s Clean Air Zone, visit our website.

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The Creative Industries Sector Vision

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This sector vision sets out how the government and industry will work together to unlock the growth potential of the creative industries.

The government’s Department for Culture, Media and Sport confirmed their commitment to the creative industries as a high-growth priority sector. They announced their ambitious plans to grow the economy and boost creative industries, releasing the following statement:

Our creative industries are a true British success story. They drive economic growth at home – contributing £108 billion in 2021 to the UK economy – and are a brilliant global advert for our creativity and values.

This government is determined to build on their world class excellence and I am today publishing a Creative Industries Sector Vision that will make sure we do that. This Vision is about maximising growth, nurturing young people’s talent and delivering on the creative potential that exists right across the country. By 2030 – working with industry – we plan to grow these industries by £50 billion of gross value added and support a million extra jobs with a pipeline of talent and opportunity for young people.

This sector vision sets out our 2030 goals and objectives to deliver on this. It is a vision for the creative industries to become an even greater growth engine and where creative talent from all backgrounds, and creative businesses from all areas in the UK, can thrive.

One of the Prime Minister’s priority sectors for economic growth, the creative industries are a global British success story growing at more than 1.5 times the rate of the wider economy over the past decade and contributing £108 billion in gross value added (GVA) annually.

Employment in these industries has grown at five times the rate of the rest of the economy since 2011. Speaking at the London Tech Week conference on Monday 12th June, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said that Britain’s creative industries were “going like gangbusters” and represent a “unique strength” for the country.

The Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak, said:

“The creative industries are a true British success story, from global music stars like Adele and Ed Sheeran to world-class cultural institutions like the National Theatre.”

“These industries have a special place in our national life and make a unique contribution to how we feel about ourselves as a country.”

“We want to build on this incredible success to drive growth in our economy – one of my key priorities – and to ensure that UK creative industries continue to lead the world long into the future.”

“Backed up with significant new funding, this ambitious plan will help grow the sector by an extra £50 billion while creating one million extra jobs by 2030.”

Culture Secretary, Lucy Frazer, said:

“The imagination and ingenuity of British designers, producers, content creators, writers and artists are spearheading growth right across our economy.”

“The government is backing our creatives to maximise the potential of the creative industries. This Sector Vision is about driving innovation, attracting investment and building on the clusters of creativity across the country. And from first days at school to last days of work, we will nurture the skills needed to build a larger creative workforce to harness the talent needed for continued success.”

“Working with the industry this vision is helping the UK creative sectors go from strength to strength – providing jobs and opportunities, creating world leading content and supporting economic growth across the country.”

You can read the Creative Industries Council and DCMS’ full vision here:

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