The Chancellor George Osborne has been urged to continue his support for Britain’s creative industries in tomorrow’s Budget.
Mark Oulson-Jenkins, Head of Production at RTR Digital, said the sector had been recognised as an economic engine in the past two Budgets and urged for more to be done to support smaller firms this year.
Last year, the Chancellor announced a range of tax relief measures aimed at film, theatre, television and video games production companies, which followed a £25m funding packaged announced for the creative industries in 2013. But, when he stands up at the dispatch box tomorrow, George Osborne has been urged to continue his support and back small businesses within the sector.
Mr Oulson-Jenkins said: “Whether it is the film industry, animation, or video game production, the creative industries are an engine room, not only for economic growth but also growth in highly-skilled jobs.
“If we want our economy to become more dynamic and innovative, we have to invest in those people who help drive that dynamism and innovation and the creative industries are a great place to start. “In places like Lancashire there are hundreds of creative businesses, whether they are one-man bands of larger companies, all of which are contributing a huge amount to our industry.
“It would be great to see the Chancellor recognise this contribution in his Budget speech and do what he can to help us continue to grow.” RTR Digital, which is based near Burnley, is sponsoring one of Lancashire’s biggest business awards, the Be Inspired Business Awards. It sponsored the Creative Business of the Year category at the BIBAs in 2014 and has signed up to be one of the awards’ sponsors in 2015.
The awards is now open for applications for its 19 categories which include the Business of the Year, Most Inspiring Business of the Year and the lifetime achievement prize, Lancastrian of the Year. In 2014, Eric Wright, the founder of the Bamber Bridge-based Eric Wright Group, collected the Lancastrian of the Year, while Chemical Innovations won the Business of the Year and Preston charity The Foxton Centre was the inaugural winner of the Most Inspiring Business of the Year.
This year’s awards will be handed out at a ceremony held at the iconic Blackpool Tower on Friday, September 11.