JMP Joins UKTI HVO Task Force
John McAslan + Partners has been invited to join a new taskforce set up by the UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) to promote the UK's top 100 creative sector enterprises.
Launched today by Business Secretary Vince Cable, the Creative Industries High Value Opportunities (HVO) Taskforce aims to win £500 million worth of high value overseas contracts in the next three years. The initiative is part of a government plan to get 100,000 more UK businesses exporting.
Companies on the taskforce include John McAslan + Partners, Zaha Hadid Architects, The British Museum, Populous and the V&A, with expertise encompassing transport, healthcare, retail, cultural developments and global sports sectors.
Business Secretary Vince Cable said:
"The growing appetite for British design offers many opportunities for innovative firms of all sizes to boost their overseas trade and attract new investment. Collectively the creative industries already generate more than £36 billion a year for the UK economy - £70,000 every minute - and employ 1.5 million people.
"From airport interiors to ground-breaking medical devices and design exhibitions, the creative industries account for around £1 in every £10 of the UK's exports and are crucial to building a stronger economy. With new support from UK Trade & Investment, we want to help creative SMEs access more high value supply chain opportunities across the globe."
UKTI's High Value Opportunities (HVO) programme focuses on 100 projects worldwide each of which are over £500mn in budget value and where the UK can compete for at least £250mn. UKTI's ambition is to help UK businesses of all sizes secure, through the programme, £10bn of contract wins in 2013/14 and £10bn in 2014/15.