UK creativity inspires the world, producing a stream of individuals and creative teams that are hugely influential in global media, entertainment and the arts. Building on a rich heritage, the UK’s creative leaders - musicians, architects, film-makers, TV and theatre producers, authors, architects, games developers, fashion designers and publishers - enjoy international acclaim. Renowned for their innovation and originality, UK creative pioneers and entrepreneurs pride themselves on working in cross-disciplinary collaborative teams, providing business with the creative imagination that drives commercial success.
The creative industries make a huge contribution to the UK economy and have outperformed all the other main industry sectors in recent years. The Gross Value Added (GVA) of the creative industries was £76.9 billion in 2012/13, accounting for 5 percent of the UK economy and generating over £8.8 million an hour while the number of jobs including increased by 5.5 percent between 2013 and 2014 to 1.8 million. The value of services exported by the creative industries reached £17.9 billion in 2013, 8.7 percent of total UK service exports.
The creative industries or those that ‘have their origin in individual creativity, skill and talent with the potential for wealth and job creation through the generation and exploitation of intellectual property’ include advertising; architecture; crafts; design (product, graphic and fashion); film, TV, animation, radio and photography; software and computer services; music, performing and visual arts; and publishing.
The UK’s Creative Industries Council (CIC) identified five key areas to grow the UK’s position as a world leader including: education and skills; access to finance; infrastructure; intellectual property; and exports and inward investment. The Government invested £8 million in 2013/14 and 2014/15 in entry-level and professional-level training for over 3,000 people working in British film, television, animation and video games companies to help ensure the creative industries have the skilled workforce they need to innovate and compete. The Government also supports content producers through tax relief. Independent analysis shows that creative sector tax reliefs are generating a return of more than £6 billion a year for the UK economy.