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Creative Industries

Creative Industries are those which have their origin in individual creativity, skill and talent. They also include industries which have the potential to create wealth and jobs through the development, production or exploitation of intellectual property. In the UK, the sector is generally regarded as being made up of 13 distinct industries - advertising, architecture, art and antiques, crafts, design, designer fashion, film, interactive leisure software, music, performing arts, publishing, software and computer services and TV and radio.

Turnover in the sector in 2006 was £5.1 billion and it supports over 60,000 jobs. The Government's Economic Strategy identified the sector as one where Scotland has a comparative advantage that can be built upon to increase productivity and growth.

The Government believes that support to creative industries is best delivered in partnership with organisations responding according to skills, expertise and knowledge. Recently published documents bring clarity to how that partnership will work.

Creative Industries Framework Agreement

Creative Industries Partnership Report

Creative Industries Framework Agreement Implementation Group

Creative Industries Key Sector Report

The Government Economic Strategy identified several key sectors with "high growth potential and the capacity to boost productivity, through enhanced support across Strategic Priorities, including regulatory and fiscal environment" which included creative industries.

This report includes an overview of the sector, the challenges and opportunities facing the creative industries, public interaction and effectiveness and international aspects. Written with input from CEAT Analytical Unit, Business and Enterprise Statistics and the Scottish Creative Industries Partnership (SCIP) Coordination Group, which includes the enterprise agencies, COSLA and Creative Scotland, the report brings together information and data on the creative industries into one comprehensive document.

A Creative Industries Literature Review is also being published today which highlights the key themes found in existing research and identifies areas worthy of further consideration, complementing the economic statistical data available. The Literature Review can be found here.