Creative England and the Creative Industries Federation have announced they are to merge into one organisation.
The CIF is a membership body that supports and campaigns for the cultural sector, while Creative England is a not-for-profit body that promotes the development of creative companies.
Through the formation of a single UK-wide body, the organisations aim to continue and develop their work.
According to a press statement, the industry bodies are joining forces because they “will be able to make a greater difference together than would be possible alone”.
Founder and chief executive of Creative England, Caroline Norbury, will lead the yet-to-be-named new organisation, as chief executive.
Chairman of the CIF Rick Haythornthwaite will become chair of the new body, which is set to officially launch in spring 2020.
The CIF’s current chief executive Alan Bishop will be stepping down from this role. Bishop will take a non-executive role in the new organisation and continue to be involved with its work.
Norbury said: “Creative England and the Creative Industries Federation are coming together to ensure growth, inclusion and innovation for the creative industries is supercharged.
“By harnessing the combined impact of culture, commerce and creativity we can make much more than the sum of those parts.”
She added: “We will aim to strengthen the talent pipeline, supporting creative talent at all stages; work at the grassroots level to boost small creative businesses and ensure the right environment exists to enable creative success and inclusive growth right across the UK.”
Bishop added: “It has been a privilege to lead the Creative Industries Federation over the past year.
“Caroline Norbury’s legacy enabling the growth and success of creative organisations and individuals across the creative industries is hugely impressive, and I look forward to the impact that Creative England and the Creative Industries Federation will make together under her leadership.”