In this report, in partnership with Creative England, NESTA have used the latest data and official definitions to map the creative industries in the UK. The goal is to provide a data resource to demonstrate the economic significance of the creative industries across the country, and inform policies to strengthen them further.
- The creative industries are becoming more important in local economies across the UK. Between 2007 and 2014 they became more important in local business population in 9 out of every 10 locations.
- Identified 47 creative clusters across the UK. London and the South East are important components of the UK creative industries, but so are the North, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. These clusters grew their creative employment by 28% between 2007 and 2014
- The UK’s geography of creativity isn’t only about ‘hip creative cities’, clusters in creative conurbations across the country have also been identifed.
- Creative communities in different parts of the country are working together across cluster and administrative boundaries. The geography of the UK creative industries is an interconnected system.
- Support the development of clusters outside of London and the South East
- Continue efforts to share the benefits of London’s status as a global creative industries hub across the UK
- Local Enterprise Partnerships and universities should consider what more they can do to address the strengths and weaknesses within their particular area, such as an over reliance on large firms or growing links between graduate talent pools and creative clusters
- Networks of UK creative industries should strive to maintain their global reach.
(This work contains statistical data from ONS which is Crown Copyright. The use of the ONS statistical data in this work does not imply the endorsement of the ONS in relation to the interpretation or analysis of the statistical data. This work uses research datasets which may not exactly reproduce National Statistics aggregates.)