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Economic Snapshot


  • The Arts & Creative Industries in Scotland account for £3.2billion Gross Value Added
  • The largest sector is Software and Electronic Publishing (£940million), followed by conventional Publishing & Writing (£820 million). The next tier of industries – Fashion & Textiles (£350 million), Architecture (£250 million), Advertising (£230 million) and Design (£160 million)
  • The estimated GVA of Heritage and Radio & TV, if conventional industry accounting practices are applied, is £3.7 billion
    Source:  Economic Contribution Study: An Approach to the Economic Assessment of the Arts & Creative Industries in Scotland. Final Report June 2012.

In August 2012 the Scottish Government published this definition of the Scottish Arts and Creative Industries as an adjustment to the definition provided by the Department for Culture Media and Sport:

Visual art: Advertising; Architecture, planning and building design; Visual art and art dealers/ commercial galleries; Crafts; Fashion and Textiles (includes designer fashion); Design and design-dependent industries. Performance: Performing arts including arts facilities and support. Audio-Visual: Music including sound recording, music publishing anddistribution and instruments; Photography; Film and video; Computer games etc.; Radio and TV. Books and Press: Writing and Publishing. Heritage: Museums and galleries, archives, libraries, historic sites. Digital Industries: Software/electronic publishing. Cultural Education.

The following link offers detail on the methodology for establishing the definition  and improving statistical understanding of the computer games sector. http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Statistics/Browse/Business/Publications/GrowthSectors/MethodologyNote

The Scottish Annual Business Statistics (SABS 2010) include data on the Creative Industries.  SABS 2011 will be published in September 2013.  http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Resource/0042/00420893.pdf

United Kingdom

Presented below are the most recent statistics for the Creative Industries (UK) published by the Department for Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) in February 2010. The full economic estimates can be accessed via the DCMS website.

  • The Creative Industries, excluding Crafts and Design, accounted for 6.2% of Gross Value Added (GVA) in 2007.
  • The Creative Industries grew by an average of 5% per annum between 1997 and 2007. This compares to an average of 3% for the whole of the economy over this period.
  • Exports of services by the Creative Industries totalled £16.6 billion in 2007. This equated to 4.5% of all goods and services exported.
  • Total creative employment increased from 1.6m in 1997 to nearly 2m in 2008, an average growth rate of 2% per annum, compared to 1% for the whole of the economy over this period.
  • There were an estimated 157,400 businesses in the creative industries on the Inter-Departmental Business Register (IDBR) in 2008, this represents 7.3% of all companies on the IDBR

They also:

  • make up a large number of total creative firms: 75,000
  • contribute 33% of creative exports
  • grew at 9% between 1997 and 2007
  • Software, computer games and electronic publishing make the biggest contribution to GVA of the creative industries, at 2.9% in 2007.

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