Creative industry as powerful as the financial services industry in the UK?

“In five years’ time, the creative industries [in the UK] could be as powerful as the financial services industry has been for the last 10 or 15 years,”

As snow threatens on a cold, grey day in the financial services capital, Sunday’s Observer offers a silver-lining for us creative types.

Communications minister, Lord Carter’s unveils a plan for a multi-billion-pound, high-speed broadband network, promising to turn the country into a digital nirvana by the time the London Olympics start.

Gordon Brown regards it as a national infrastructure project that will place Britain in the vanguard of the information age, a 21st-century equivalent of the huge public works programmes that helped lift the US out of the Depression.

By the time it is complete, 27 million households will be able to watch movies, news and documentaries, listen to music or play computer games online, quickly and cheaply. Britain’s status as a leading player in the entertainment industry will be secured for a generation or more, citizens will be better informed regardless of their social status, and the economic dividend will be huge.

Read more in The Observer, Sunday 1 February 2009

Jonathan Porter - Designer

Jonathan Porter - Designer

Practised in managing multidisciplinary teams, strategic direction and development of an award-winning ‘Customer Experience Design Team’, Jonathan is the author of New Brand Media’s User-Centred Design methodology and brings an in-depth understanding of the branding, design and technology challenges facing enterprise-level clients today. Equally importantly, the exciting opportunities the connected web is creating for organisations, both large and small.

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