UK games industry contributes £1.43bn to economy
The Economic Contribution of the UK’s Film, High-end TV, Video Games and Animation Programme Sectors report, produced by analysts Olsberg•SPI and Nordicity and commissioned by the BFI, Pinewood Shepperton plc, the British Film Commission, UK Interactive Entertainment (Ukie) and Pact, has shown that the games industry contributes £1.43bn to the economy.
Make or Break: The UK's Digital Future
Ukie today welcomed the House of Lords Select Committee on Digital Skills report 'Make or Break: The UK’s Digital Future', published 17 February, calling on government to recognise the link between digital skills, infrastructure and future competitiveness.
In App Purchases: Italian authorities settle with platforms
£47 million in UK spend generated by Games Tax Relief in its first six months
The BFI have today released figures on games qualifying for Games Tax Relief in the UK. These are the first numbers to be made public since the relief became available on 1st April last year.
In the first six months of the tax relief, 32 games received final or interim certification, meaning that they qualify under the cultural test and can claim tax relief from HMRC. These games have a total spend in the UK of £47 million between them.
Mayor of London asks Ukie to investigate capital's digital skills needs
Ukie’s policy focus for the General Election
With the countdown to the election on 7 May having just passed 100 days, the world of politics is now laser-focused on campaigning. The political parties are finalising their manifestos, putting their battle plans into action, and spending every spare moment touring the marginal seats of the country.
In this heightened time, Ukie is focusing on maintaining our strong relationships with the most important policy-makers in each party and continuing to drive home the priorities we have set out over the past year.
Our CEO Dr Jo Twist spoke at last night's All Party Parliamentary Group
Ukie CEO Jo Twist spoke at the All Party Parliamentary Group on Art, Craft and Design in Education yesterday - chaired by the Earl of Clancarty.
Presenting Ukie's work on skills and education to a packed room of MPs and educationalists, Jo said:
Completing the Digital Single Market: proposals set out by UK Government.
David Cameron’s office published "The UK Vision for the EU's Digital Economy" earlier this week. This is a set of proposals for finalising the EU Digital Single Market, which they say could create €250 billion in growth.
Creative industries reach record high : Ukie's Jo Twist responds
Today, government announced in an official release that the Creative Industries have reached a record high, worth £8.8m per hour to the UK economy.
Our CEO, Dr Jo Twist gave a statement regarding the figures:
George Osborne blocks further control on foreign graduates
After New Year lobbying by Sir James Dyson and the higher education community, plans mooted by the Home Secretary Theresa May to introduce further controls on foreign graduates are reported to have been "squashed" by Chancellor George Osborne.