NEWS: Creative Industries Federation and Creative England to join forces

25 Sep 2019

Creative England announce merger

From Creative England website


Creative England and the Creative Industries Federation have today announced their intention to join forces, launching a united organisation, which will have a UK-wide reach, in Spring 2020. It has also been announced that as part of this merger, in December, Caroline Norbury (Founder and Chief Executive, Creative England) will become Chief Executive, Rick Haythornthwaite (Chairman, Creative Industries Federation) will become its Chair, and Alan Bishop will commit to a new non-executive role.

The creative industries is the UK’s fastest-growing sector, employing more than 2 million people, worth £101.5 billion to the economy, and presenting incomparable opportunities to drive inclusive growth right across the UK . By combining the Creative Industries Federation’s history bringing together UK-wide networks and as an advocate and champion for the sector with Creative England’s significant experience uncovering, investing in and growing creative businesses beyond London, it is hoped they together will be able to make a greater difference than would be possible alone.

In a joint statement Alan Bishop (Chief Executive, Creative Industries Federation) and Caroline Norbury (Founder and Chief Executive, Creative England) write,

At a very broad level, our objectives are clear. Through this united organisation, Creative England and the Creative Industries Federation will be better placed to bring together SMEs, creators, freelancers and start-ups with big brands; to represent and champion the interdependent commercial and subsidised elements of the creative industries; to support creative businesses at grassroots level; and to work with partners to secure the success of the creative economy in every region of the UK and across the devolved nations.  

The work of both the Creative Industries Federation and Creative England will continue and develop through the united, UK-wide body. Joining forces will enable improved access to insights and the ability to harness a network that is larger and more representative of the UK’s creative industries, both of which will increase the power and impact of the Federation’s existing advocacy work. We are confident that by joining forces we will ultimately be able to provide more significant benefit to our members, collaborators and the sector at large.

The two organisations are keen to hear from the sector as they progress, want to hear from you, so if you would like to help shape this organisation as it develops, please share your views here.