DCMS blog


Richard Potter

, November 17, 2016 — Media, broadband and creative industries

Director at Peak

Last year, we applied to Tech North’s Northern Stars competition with an aim to accelerate our business growth. Northern Stars is a pitch competition that seeks to identify and showcase the best tech startups in the North of England. We hoped the competition would raise awareness of our company and grow our business network. Everything…


Rob Wilson

, November 16, 2016 — Civil Society

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Civil Society

Every day thousands of people around the country working in small, local charities are giving their time, expertise and goodwill to help improve the lives of others in our communities.On 16 December we will be leading the first ever Local Charities Day, shining a spotlight on all of this fantastic work and celebrating the dedication…

Celebrating The National Lottery

Matt Hancock

, — Culture

Minister of State for Digital and Culture

This week we have been celebrating the fantastic work of the National Lottery, which has reached the incredible milestone of giving out its 500,000th grant.It has been supporting local community projects across the country for over 20 years. Strengthening our nation’s arts, cultural and sporting sectors, benefiting charities far and wide and having a positive…

UK Games Fund: Round 3

Paul Durrant

, November 1, 2016 — Media, broadband and creative industries

Director of UK Games Talent and Finance CIC

At UK Games Talent and Finance Community Interest Company we’ve been busy supporting a UK-wide community of independent games developers. With the UK Government funding announced last October we’ve established the UK Games Fund and the Tranzfuser graduate talent competition.The UK Games Fund has proved phenomenally popular with over 350 applications from games development teams…

DCMS Sectors’ Economic Estimates


, October 28, 2016 — Uncategorized

DCMS covers a wide range of policy areas – from access to theatre to mobile phone coverage, from sports participation to digital skills. It follows then, that DCMS’s policies have the potential to influence a large section of the British economy. But how much exactly?This was a question analysts in DCMS set about answering earlier…

How digital is making culture local

Matt Hancock

, October 24, 2016 — Culture

Minister of State for Digital and Culture

How can cultural organisations use digital technology to increase access, interest and excellence in the arts?That is the question I posed to industry leaders in Manchester at the national What Next? Conference. One week on, and I have been struck by the number of tweets and emails I’ve received with examples of innovative cultural and…

#NoNuisance: Making directors pay

Matt Hancock

, October 23, 2016 — Media, broadband and creative industries

Minister of State for Digital and Culture

From early next year we are introducing a new measure which will see company directors held personally responsible for nuisance calls. If they let their employees break the rules then we call that their fault. They’ll now be facing personal fines of up to £500,000 – and that’s on top of any fines against the…

New Blue Plaques – who will you nominate?

Gus Casely-Hayford

, October 14, 2016 — Culture

Our capital city has always been an ethnic melting pot. We are linked through language, culture, alliances and economic partnerships to every part of the world. And peoples from around the globe have found their way here to not just make London their home but to make the city and this country what it is.We…

Championing digital inclusion

Matt Hancock

, October 12, 2016 — Media, broadband and creative industries

Minister of State for Digital and Culture

Today I chaired my first meeting of a council determined to make sure everyone in the country can thrive in the digital age. The Council for Digital Inclusion brings together leaders from business, charities and central and local government to help us build an inclusive – and digitally empowered – nation. It is the latest…