What are the creative industries?
The Government describes them as “those industries which have their origin in individual creativity, skill and talent and which have a potential for wealth and job creation through the generation and exploitation of economic property” and they include:
- Art and antiques
- Designer fashion
- Film and video
- Interactive leisure software
- The performing arts
- Software and computer services
- Television and radio
The economical impact they have on our society is measured through the following four areas:
- Gross Value Added (GVA)
- Exports of services
- Numbers of businesses
Some useful facts and figures from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS)
In 2011 4.3% of the U.K’s industry was in the creative sector.
The creative Industries accounted for 10.6% of the UK’s exports in 2009
The creative industries contributed 2.9% of the UK’s Gross Value Added in 2009 – £36.3 billion.
1.5 million people are employed in the creative industries or in creative roles in other industries, 5.1% of the UK’s employment.
Exports of services by the creative industries accounted for 10.6% of the UK’s exports.
There were an estimated 106,700 businesses in the creative industries on the Inter-Departmental Business Register (IDBR) in 2011, this represents 5.1% of all companies on the IDBR.
Some Digital facts via Bima:
- – Creative employment provides around two million jobs, in the creative sector itself and in creative roles in other sectors. Employment in the sector has grown at double the rate of the economy as a whole.
- – 1.5 million people are employed in the creative industries or in creative roles in other industries, 5.1% of the UK’s employment.
- – Many of our digital high-flyers are under 30 – it’s an industry that recognises talent.
- – There are an estimated 107,000 UK businesses in the creative sector.
- – Total U.K. Internet traffic is expected to increase by an average of 37 percent every year between 2010 and 2015.
- – The U.K. Internet ecosystem is worth £82 billion a year, with mobile connections accounting for 16 percent of this; mobile’s contribution is increasing rapidly as smartphone penetration rises.
More information on the Creative Industries can be found on the Department for Culture, Media & Sport website.