“The Creative Industries encompass the best and brightest of UK businesses and paints a vibrant picture of creativity and talent in our country today”
Former Minister for Creative Industries Nigel Adams
Worth a staggering £115bn in 2019 and growing five times faster than growth across the UK economy as a whole the sector employs just over 2.1 million people.
The UK is world-renowned as a creative powerhouse with investment opportunities in TV, film, games development, music, publishing, design, and advertising. The sector continues to grow following the launch of a groundbreaking Industrial Strategy deal agreed between the Government and the Creative Industries Council.
Creativity meets technology in the UK, with trailblazing innovation in many ‘createch’ industries, including Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Digital Animation and 3D Printing.
Creative Industries in the Thames Valley
The Creative South East, to which the Thames Valley contributes significantly, presents excellent opportunities to any potential inward investor – with proven areas of expertise across a range of disciplines, including Film, Gaming and Digital Media. Centres of Excellence situated in the region include Pinewood Studios and the National Film and Television School. In Oxfordshire alone it is estimated that over 4,000 creative and digital sector businesses, generating an annual contribution of £100 billion to the UK economy, are based in the county.
A major motivator for foreign-owned companies choosing to locate within the Thames Valley is the steady flow of talent generated by the first-class industry-specific academic and training facilities across the region: