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Arts: Government Assistance

Volume 488: debated on Monday 2 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what progress has been made towards meeting each of the objectives of the creative economy programme. (258503)

Working with our partners in other Government Departments and public and private sector organisations, DCMS’ Creative Economy Programme has made good progress on realising the ambitions of Creative Britain in the year since publication. Covering talent, supporting creative businesses and clusters, Intellectual Property and innovation, the 26 commitments in Creative Britain seek to increase the contribution of the 13 creative sectors to the UK economy. Of the 26 commitments, 18 are now either well under way or completed.

I am arranging for copies of a document providing a specific update on each of the 26 commitments to be deposited in the Libraries of both Houses.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what financial support his Department is making available to small and medium-sized enterprises in the creative industries which are in difficulties during the economic slowdown. (258504)

The Government are providing real help now to small and medium based enterprises which are in difficulties during the economic slowdown, including those within the creative industries.

Information on the support and advice available to all small and medium based enterprises can be accessed via the portal on the Business Link website:

www.businesslink.gov.uk/realhelp

http://www.businesslink.gov.uk/realhelp

Support available includes free health checks for businesses, help with accessing finance, and advice on a range of business issues, including cash flow and training.

Much of the real help on offer is part of solutions for business - the Government’s streamlined portfolio of publicly-funded business support products and services, delivered via Business Link, which provides comprehensive assistance to help companies start, grow and succeed.

In February 2008 the Government published “Creative Britain: New Talents for the New Economy” which set out 26 commitments to support the creative industries. One of the commitments of Creative Britain has been to look at how Business Link works with the creative industries. It will also produce a framework for evaluation of future work with creative industries, allowing individual business links to monitor their performance which should lead to an improvement of the support given to creative industries businesses by business links. This report will be completed by the end of April.