Economic impact of Scotland’s creative industries to be examined

08.12.2014

How to successfully grow Scotland’s creative industries will be the focus of a new inquiry announced today by the Scottish Parliament’s Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee.

The inquiry will look specifically at the Scottish TV and film industry and the video games sector and what more can be done to support their growth and contribution to the Scottish economy.  

Committee Convener, Murdo Fraser MSP said: 

“With an annual turnover estimated at over £12 billion and almost 130,000 people working in the creative industries sector there is no doubt that this is a sector that punches well above its weight.  

“It is a diverse industry covering a wide range of businesses.  Our Committee will focus on how the video games and film and TV sectors currently perform and what more needs to be done to grow these industries. We are particularly interested to hear about the type of support that these industries receive and how effective it is at helping them grow in a sustainable way and move into new markets.”  

The Committee has today issued a call for views, and would like to hear from those with an interest in the following issues: 

  • The role of public sector agencies and the effectiveness of the support they provide;
  • The role of the private sector in supporting the video games and the TV and film sectors;
  • How the issues that hinder the growth of creative industries can be overcome and how to capitalise on opportunities;
  • How to retain those with the necessary creative skills in Scotland;
  • How to develop business skills for those in the TV and film and videos games industries;
  • Examples of international strategies for growing these sectors.

Background 

In 2012 a report from Creative Scotland and Scottish Enterprise found that the arts and creative industry in Scotland amounted to almost 130,000 jobs and £12.48 billion in turnover.  

The creative industries sector is one of seven sectors of the economy that the Scottish Government has identified as offering particular growth potential. 

More information about the Committee’s inquiry can be found on the website via this link.

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