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Good news for the Arts in the UK

Ed Vaizey MP
, August 29, 2014 — Culture
Monday is an important day for the performing arts in the UK. Why? Because it is the day on which an important new tax relief for theatre production comes into effect. Originally announced in the Autumn Statement nearly a year ago, it will provide an additional corporation tax deduction, or a payable tax credit, worth…

The 1,000 mile #walk4peace

I’m now well into my two month, 1,000 mile #walk4peace from London to Berlin to raise money for the German charity, Friedendorf International which means in English Peace Village. By completing this walk I hope to raise both money and awareness for children who are victims of war. Stage one of the walk kicked off…

Yorkshire’s popularity soars

Gary Verity
, August 22, 2014 — Sport
It has been seven weeks since the Grand Départ of the Tour de France swept through Yorkshire and even now, almost two months later, people are still talking about that amazing weekend. Yorkshire was the undoubted star of the show. The huge crowds, their passion, the laughing, smiling faces and of course our breathtaking landscapes…

Reflecting on my first months

Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP
, August 20, 2014 — Culture
They say that a week is a long time in politics. Well, it’s been about 18 weeks since the Prime Minister appointed me as Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, so you can imagine the amount of incredible work and events I’ve seen and been involved with since then. First and foremost, there…

Investing in tourism & hospitality talent

Ufi Ibrahim
, August 14, 2014 — Culture
The latest Labour Market Statistics published yesterday has seen the largest youth unemployment annual fall since records began alongside the steepest annual fall in unemployment in 25 years. We hear from Chairman of the Tourism Alliance and Chief Executive of the British Hospitality Association Ufi Ibrahim on how the sector is promoting careers in tourism and hospitality.…

Great British Beer Festival opens

Brigid Simmonds
, August 12, 2014 — Culture
As the Great British Beer Festival gets underway in Olympia, London, British Beer & Pub Association Chief Executive Brigid Simmonds discusses the role traditional British pubs and beer are playing in attracting tourists to the UK. Tourism in Britain wouldn’t work without our fantastic network of pubs. They are not just a home-from-home for British pubgoers. They…


Michael Bates
, August 5, 2014 — Culture
In his first guest blog for DCMS, Lord Bates looks forward to his 1,000 mile walk from London to Berlin to commemorate the First World War. It’s only a few hours to go before I set off on my 1,000 mile walk from London to Berlin and so much remains to be done. The fact that…

Glasgow’s inspirational Games

Helen Grant MP
, July 29, 2014 — Sport
Glasgow’s inspirational Commonwealth Games shows sport is for all Everyone knows that the UK has a well-deserved reputation for putting on major sporting events.  So no one should have been surprised that Glasgow has more than delivered with a fantastic XX Commonwealth Games so far. I spent the weekend in Glasgow and the city has…