Up to date analysis of creative industry clusters and growth in the UK. Reiterates much that has already been said about the economic contribution of the creative industries sector to the country, but useful to have the latest figures. Reports that the sector employs over 2 million people and is growing at twice the rate of other sectors. Makes the usual somewhat paradoxical point that the sector is often powered by micro-businesses which need to ‘scale up’ to realise their economic potential, and ultimately to become more productive. Produced to provide data to support initiatives like the AHRC’s Creative Clusters Programme, supported by the Government’s Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund. Has a useful Executive Summary that organises the findings into eight key points.

Juan Mateos Garcia, Joel Klinger and Konstantinos Stathoulopoulos
Nesta and Creative Industries Council
1 February 2018
Creative Nation How the creative industries are powering the UK’s nations and regions