With a growing sector employing around 1.8 million people and boasting over 169,000 creative businesses on the Inter-Departmental Business Register (IDBR), the UK is a global leader in creativity and media.
The sector’s exports of services is worth over £21 billion annually, while large multinational companies increasingly choose to establish their European design centres in London in order to take advantage of the capital’s outstanding cosmopolitan design community. As a pioneer of the digital revolution, the UK is viewed as a world leader in digital games and TV production, while software and electronic publishing is the biggest sub-sector within the industry, contributing the most to GVA and totalling over 80,000 businesses. However, one of the biggest future challenges for the creative industry will be to secure funding and adapt to legislative reforms. Thus, it will need to make its voice heard to the Government in order to promote policies which will enable the UK to maintain its reputation for innovation, excellence and creative genius.