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The heart of digital Wales: A review of creative industries for the Welsh Assembly Government

Hargreaves, Ian 2009. The heart of digital Wales: A review of creative industries for the Welsh Assembly Government. [Project Report]. Cardiff: Welsh Assembly Government. Available at:

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The Creative Industries Strategy adopted by the Welsh Assembly Government (Assembly Government) in 2004 arose from the belief that this is a sector of exceptional importance for Wales. The creative industries sector is currently identifi ed as one of six strategically important sectors for the Welsh economy, alongside bioscience, health, fi nancial services, automotive and aerospace. In addition, the sectoral approach adopted by the Government names telecommunications and ICT as one of three core or enabling sectors. A working assumption of this review is that the future of the creative industries cannot be properly understood or shaped without close reference to the country’s digital communications infrastructure and the broader digital economy. According to Digital Britain, the UK Government’s framework for policy in this area, one tenth of UK economic output is accounted for by the digital sector. Wales will only succeed in this dynamic area of the economy if it sets its own policy framework, supported by the right institutional arrangements, to help nurture creative businesses within Wales. The Assembly Government has had a creative industries strategy since 2004. Elements of this strategy, which place a strong emphasis upon supporting the exploitation of intellectual property, have been imitated elsewhere in the UK. It is also clear, however, that the 2004 strategy has failed to establish a suffi ciently coherent strategic approach to the creative sector and that this has resulted in some loss of confi dence in the Assembly Government’s activities. This review identifi es gaps in the 2004 strategy’s sectoral coverage and proposes ways of refreshing the strategy and improving the machinery used to establish strategic direction and deliver more effective business support. The aim is to build upon what is sound.

Item Type: Monograph (Project Report)
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Journalism, Media and Culture
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
T Technology > T Technology (General)
Publisher: Welsh Assembly Government
Funders: Welsh Assembly Government
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 05:12

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