Bristol to get £4m to boost creative industries

Bristol is to get £4million to boost its creative industries, the government has announced.

The cash, part of a £20m national budget, aims to inspire and attract new talent, boost skills, and provide education.

The package was announced by Creative Industries Minister Margot James who said it will help to increase the diversity of the sector’s workforce and maintain the future pipeline of creative talent, in an industry that now contributes more than £100billion to the UK economy.

Some £4m will be spent in the West of England, Greater Manchester and the West Midlands “helping creative businesses to access finance and translate their ideas into investment”, the government said.

Mayor of the West of England, Tim Bowles, said: “This is terrific news; our region is recognised for its thriving creative sector and Bristol is soon to be home to one of Channel 4’s new creative hubs.”

The assistant vice-chancellor for creative and cultural industries engagement at the University of the West of England, Bristol Lynn Barlow said it was fantastic news for Bristol’s creative industry, that is already thriving.

“We are a UNESCO city of film, and we are delighted that Channel 4 is opening a hub in our city,” she told Bower News.

“This is a further boost to be made in talent in the creative industry in the city, it is great news for future talents.

“It is great news for the University of the West of England and for all our students studying cultural industries, many of whom who will go on to establish their careers in the region.”

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