Key Points
  • Creating the Right Policy Framework for Scotland's Needs: Early sessions will assess the way forward for amending the current one size fits all approach to Creative Industries policy to take into account the devolved administration's individual needs.
  • Attracting Commissioners, Business, and Skills into Scotland: This event will offer a timely opportunity for attendees to convene and discuss the potential ramifications of the UK parliament's approach to reserved matters such as immigration and broadcasting and its effect on the Scottish Creative Industries.
  • Intellectual Property and Scotland's Creative Exports: The session will consider the upcoming opportunities for Scotland and its creative exports, how this fits in with its industrial strategy and how exports can be encouraged by the government. The morning will conclude with a focus on the potential challenges facing Scotland from Brexit and the digital single market. Attendees will assess whether Intellectual Property changes are sufficient to support creative industries.
Guest of Honour

Pete Wishart MP Chair, Scottish Affairs Committee

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Overview
This timely forum is set to take place just over a year on from The Scottish Affairs Committee reported on its Creative Industries in Scotland inquiry identifying key issues and making recommendations for bespoke policy to encourage the Creative Industry in Scotland. The morning will focus on the way forward for creating a unified creative industry definition, fostering greater collaboration between Scottish and English administrations as well as debate Scotland’s access to the Digital Single Market and how the government can support Scottish creative exports.

Agenda
Start

09:00 - 09:05
chair's opening remarks

 

09:05 - 09:30
The Creative Industries in Scotland Inquiry

 

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Pete Wishart MP Chair, Scottish Affairs Committee

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09:30 - 09:55
Growing Scotland’s Creative Exports

 

09:55 - 10:45
Scotland’s Creative Exports to the World: Intellectual Property, European Markets and Creative Industry Access

 
In what ways can success be maximised and new opportunities be taken advantage of with regards to Scotland’s creative exports?
How does this fit in with Scotland’s industrial strategy?
Why is Intellectual Property crucial to the creative sector?  How can the Intellectual Property Office engage in better informative communication with creative businesses in Scotland?
Would a Digital Single Market in Europe be beneficial for creative industries?  Would it inhibit business growth and profit?




10:45 - 10:50
Chair's closing remarks

 

10:50 - 11:15
Tea, Coffee and Networking

 

11:15 - 11:20
Chair's opening remarks

 

11:20 - 12:10
Increased Access & Opportunity: Attracting Commissioners, Business and Skills into Scotland

 
What can public broadcast services do to ensure that their production extends throughout the UK, particularly Scotland using E.g. preferential commissioning?
A key goal of Scotland’s creative sector is to increase their access to workers and major leaders in the industry - what is the scope to relax UK immigration to attract skills to Scotland?
How can we support skills providing Scottish students and business with the skills they need for an internationalised economy?

Are Scotland’s creative industries satisfied with the support and involvement they’ve received from the British Film Institute and The Department of International Trade?
How can these organisations support and engage with Scotland better? Should membership in the Creative Industries Council be extended to the entire UK?


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Ian Small Ian Small, Head of Public Policy & Corporate Affairs, BBC Scotland

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12:10 - 12:55
Collaboration and Encouragement: Intellectual Property, European Markets and Creative Industry Access

 
What are the benefits of a unified UK-wide definition of creative industries?
Considering the diversity of sectors within creative industries how can we quantify the sector and identify its needs in each area?
In what ways can the UK and Scottish governments to work together to better understand and support creative industries in Scotland to take advantage of this fast-growing industry?

How can we ensure that the UK and Scottish governments to settle the massive disparity in how the two understand and quantify Scotland’s creative industries?
Are the creative tax reliefs received by Scottish businesses an accurate compensation for their contribution to the economy?
How do these funds compare to those received by creative businesses in London?
Should Scotland receive a higher tax relief rate than businesses in thriving centres like London?

12:55 - 13:00
Chair's closing remarks

 

End

Speakers

Ian Small Ian Small, Head of Public Policy & Corporate Affairs, BBC Scotland

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Pete Wishart MP Chair, Scottish Affairs Committee

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