Digital media and the creative industries in Scotland
The creative industries sector in Scotland employs 64,000 people and the total turnover of businesses operating in this area is estimated to be £4.8 billion.
The term covers a broad variety of areas and includes a few large corporations and a number of small niche businesses. Some key industry areas include games, animation, film, television, music, design, publishing, architecture, advertising, arts and cultural businesses.
Scotland’s excellent reputation in the digital media and creative industries sector has been cemented in recent years by a series of significant innovations and developments. As new media accelerates, so does the worldwide demand for new products, innovative technology and enhanced methods of delivery.
The rapid developments in media, mobility and the internet are all currently fuelling the growth of digital media and the creative industries.
Why invest in Scotland's creative industries?
In 2007, the Scottish Government identified a number of key sectors which offer high-growth potential and the capacity to create economic impact for Scotland. The creative industries was identified as a sector with massive growth potential.
Scotland's main economic agency, Scottish Enterprise, focuses on growing Scotland's industries, with a particular emphasis on digital content and technologies. With a raft of business support, this booming sector is ripe for investment.
A rapidly growing sector
Worldwide, the global entertainment and media industry is predicted to be growing at a rate of 7 percent annually, with exceptionally strong growth in the mobile/wireless, internet advertising and video games sectors.
With a creative culture, strong support and a consistently strong output, for a small country Scotland holds an impressive role at the forefront of this creative revolution.
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