Creative Industries

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.