DIARY: Creative leaders meet in London and network

Launched with the aim of giving greater weight to the capital's

creative kings, the Creative Leaders' Network met for the first time

last Thursday.

The network hopes to help London's creative community achieve the same

prominence as its financial service industry has around the world.

The group includes PR and public affairs man Neil Stewart among 16

'business champions' from the sectors in which they work, including

high-profile design guru Sir Terence Conran.

Stephen O'Brien, CEO of inward investment body London First, said the

CLN - spawned from a taskforce chaired by Broadview MD Stuart Maister -

would be a 'collective voice' for creative industries and 'create

business synergies from a traditionally fragmented sector'.

The project has started well, earning plaudits from Mayor Ken, who

issued a statement backing the venture: 'Creative industries in London

generate over £20bn in annual sales and employ over 400,000

people,' he stressed.

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