Creative industries

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Overview

Scotland's creative industries contribute £3.7 billion to the Scottish economy each year, employing nearly 80,000 people.

A recent survey found that 91% of the population takes part in at least one cultural activity per year.

We have been expanding our training facilities to create the ideal foundations for the creative industry to thrive, and have a huge pool of skilled talent with new graduates joining the industry every year.

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Digital media

Scotland is the engine, helping to drive digital transformation in the UK and Europe.

Our digital media sector is at the forefront of innovation in applications, music, TV, publishing and games, and we have centres of excellence springing up around the country.

Find out more about digital media in Scotland

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Film & TV

From your phone screen to the big screen.

Scotland's colourful landscape with mountains, coastline, ancient forests and ideal light conditions have always leant themselves to filming. Our credits include classics like Local Hero and The Thirty Nine Steps and more contemporary international blockbusters such as Skyfall and World War Z. Epic TV productions such as Outlander are filmed entirely on location in Scotland and demonstrate the versatility of our landscape and cities.

If that weren't enough to bring your production to Scotland, we also have generous tax rebates for UK productions, highly accommodating local authorities and impressively experienced, award winning producers, directors, cast and crew.

Find out about basing a production in Scotland

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Games

Opening portals to fantastical worlds.

From Los Santos in Grand Theft Auto V to user-designed Minecraft cities, our game creators are building detailed, intricate and absorbing alternate realities. Global phenomenons like Rockstar North and Axis Animation are based here along with start-ups like DeuXality and Krotos.

Our community of games developers are pioneers of modern game design and in high demand from publishers all over the world. 

Read more about Scotland's games industry

Get the right business support

We can give your company all the help you need to invest in Scotland.

We will work with you closely before, during and after your investment, helping you to find the right:

  • Premises
  • Staff
  • Funding
  • Partners and suppliers

Find out more about how we can help

Contact us

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Our global staff can help you find the right finance and other support to help you establish your business in Scotland.

Whether you're ready to invest or just want to chat about a potential project, we're here to help.

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