Autumn statement: Ukie‘s four-point proposal for games industry growth
This week I wrote to the Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne proposing some ideas around further investment in the games sector as part of this year’s Autumn Statement, due to be delivered on Wednesday 3rd December.
Our proposals for games industry growth covers the following areas:
- A reinvigorated version of the successful Prototype Fund to support innovation by small games companies, with £6 million funding;
- Making the crucial Skills Investment Fund permanent to support the up-skilling of the games workforce;
- Expansion of the Enterprise Investment Scheme and Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme to give more help to small and medium-sized games companies securing investment; and
- Support for a worldwide plan of trade and investment activity for the games industry
Just to be clear - this is not about asking for more government handouts and this is all part of our bigger Manifesto work which we published and outlined in August. It is important to note that this process is never just a one-off. This is part of our constant influencing of policy makers and MPs on an almost daily basis through direct face to face meetings, letters, events, consultation responses (all on this site), and our participation on many different industry and government groups which means we get to represent what our sector wants and needs directly.
I shall also be making sure I reiterate what we think will help further support the growth of the industry next week when I accompany the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Sajid Javid MP on a trade mission to Gstar and to the Creative Industries Forum in South Korea. :0)
We like to have a proactive approach to policy making - but we always need YOUR ideas. Our members, and non members, are critical in shaping what we say: if you would like to be more involved in how all of this works, and how you can have your say, please speak to Andy.
To read more see the full release.
I will be doing an exclusive interview in next weeks MCV, where we will delve further into details around our proposals and taking a look at how they will affect games businesses, so make sure you pick up the Friday 21st issue.