It’s St Andrews Day so there is no better day to highlight the contribution that Scottish Creative Industries make to the UK economy.
The creative industries are defined by the DCMS as “those industries which have their origin in individual creativity, skill and talent which have a potential for job and wealth creation through the generation and exploitation of intellectual property”
The standard definition of the creative industries used by the DCMS includes 13 industries: advertising, architecture, art and antiques, computer games, crafts, design, designer fashion, film and video, music, performing arts, publishing, software and TV and radio.
The Creative Industries sector in Scotland supports around 60,000 people across more than 8,000 businesses with Gross Value Added (GVA) of £2.4 billion and an estimated £5.2bn turnover thereby making a significant contribution to the UK economy. The Scottish Government has pinpointed the Creative Industries as one of the 6 priority areas they intend to focus on to further develop their potential. The creative industries represents approximately 5 percent of all registered businesses in Scotland.
The development of computer games is one of Scotland’s most dynamic of creative sectors and is ranked third in Europe’s top 50 games developer locations. The world’s first university to offer a degree in Computer Games Technology was University of Abertay in Dundee.
Scotland also has a successful film and television production industry with over 300 facilities operators and 100 production companies, including three major broadcasters (BBC Scotland, STV and Channel 4) and numerous independents. Around 15,000 people are employed in screen industries and it is believed that Scotland attracts £20-25 million of location spend each year from production companies shooting on location and has a yearly production spend of around £243 million.
The number of enterprises registered in the creative industries sector increased at a faster rate than the average of the Scottish economy over the last decade and in In Tayside alone the creative industries employs 2,300 staff and has a turnover of over £100 million.
Scotland is a member of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network, which connects cities who want to share experiences, ideas and best practices and Edinburgh was awarded the first UNESCO City of Literature status in 2004, which is also home to the world’s largest Book Festival. Glasgow was awarded UNESCO City Of Music status in 2009 and Time Magazine called Glasgow ‘Europe’s secret capital of music’