Hiive is an online tool and network service to connect creative professionals at any stage of their career with jobs, courses, knowledge and people.
Over 1,000 companies are listed on Hiive, including the BBC, Google, Sky and the British Fashion Council, listing courses, apprenticeships and job openings.
Since its launch yesterday, 500 people have signed up for Hiive, bringing its membership to over 7,000.
The launch was supported by Create UK – a strategy for the creative industry that sets targets for 2020, including doubling the value of UK creative exports from Â£ 15.5bn to Â£ 31bn and ensuring that more creative start-ups survive beyond their first year.
Speaking at a Creative Industries event in the House of Commons yesterday, Nicola Mendelsohn, co-chair of the Creative Industries Council and Facebook’s vice president EMEA, said: âThe creative industry has contributed Â£ 77 billion sterling to the UK economy while directly employing 1.7 million people. are incredible numbers.
âOne of the reasons we’ve been successful in doing this is that we can come together and help the government understand how it can support these vital industries. I’m sure we’re going to fight pretty hard in the next election, but I hope we can forge a consensus among all parties on how we can improve the value created by the creative industries. “