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Creative Industries is one of the fastest growing sectors in Wales.

The creative industries are sectors of the economy which use creative talent for commercial purposes. They create jobs and wealth by exploiting intellectual property.

The creative industries are made up of the following subsectors:

  • advertising and marketing
  • architecture
  • crafts
  • product, graphic and fashion design
  • film, TV, video, radio and photography
  • IT, software and computer services;
  • publishing
  • museums, galleries and libraries
  • music, performing and visual arts

Size of the sector

84,000 people work in the 'creative economy' in Wales (according to official statistics for 2015). Of these, nearly 53,000 work in the creative industries, and around 31,000 work in creative occupations outside the creative industries.

More data can be found on the Priority Sector Statistics web page. 

Key priorities

Our long-term objective is to provide an outstanding environment in Wales for the creation of digital creative content. 

Our main aim is to support the economic growth of this sector, helping businesses exploit creative content digitally. We prioritise support to those who can respond to the opportunities in the global digital creative economy.  

Creative Industries Sector Panel Chair, Ron Jones states:

“The creative industries today are central to the lives of people and businesses around the world. New business models in creative have emerged in recent years enabling individuals and small companies to compete with the largest and the best. This is now a sector where Wales has no commercial or technological disadvantage. We are constrained only by our talent, our ambition and our determination.  

The Welsh Government’s priority is therefore to provide the support and guidance to ensure that no talent is unfulfilled and no marketable creative idea is wasted.”  

We are here to ensure that appropriate levels of business support, information and funding are available to this sector.

Support available

We offer a range of specialist support to the sector, including:

  • a £30m Media Investment Budget (external link), which is available for qualifying film and high-end television production;
  • help to access funding from Creative Europe (external link), a European Union financial support programme for the creative, cultural and audio-visual industries;
  • Wales Screen (external link), a free service which supports film and TV productions by sourcing suitable locations, crew and facilities throughout Wales.

High-end TV, film and animation projects can also qualify for UK tax credits, worth up to 20% of their spend in the UK.

Businesses in the creative industries can also benefit from a number of cross-sector finance and support services provided by Welsh Government.

To find out more visit the Business Wales website (external link).

Follow us

The Creative Industries Sector Team is on Twitter at @welshgocreative (external link). Follow us to find out about news, events, trade missions and support.

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