Capitalising on the use of technology, the Creative Industries sector continues to entertain and educate the population. From film, TV and animation to virtual reality games, Britain is a creative force to be reckoned with. Plus, this flourishing sector benefits from a wealth of homegrown and international talent
Sector at a glance
- 9.6% - The proportion of all UK jobs that were in the creative economy in 2019
- £1.95bn - The total spend generated by UK film production in 2019
- £7.9bn - The value of UK advertising exports in 2018
The Creative Industries are defined by the UK Government as “those industries which have their origin in individual creativity, skill and talent and which have potential for wealth and job creation through the generation and exploitation of intellectual property”. It covers a wealth of job sectors from Advertising and Architecture to Createch and Fashion.
In 2018, the UK’s Creative Industries contributed almost £13m to the economy every hour, making their growth five times faster than the national economy. For the year, they contributed £111.7bn gross value added to the economy. This is greater than the automotive, aerospace, life sciences, and oil and gas industries combined.
According to the Creative Industries Federation, the UK is seen by trend forecasters as a key market, and if trends don’t take off here, they’re unlikely to be considered truly global. The UK is therefore a trailblazer in the creative world and sets an international standard for the rest of the world.