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Tuesday, 13 March, 2001, 14:05 GMT
Creative industries boost UK economy
Apollo theatre at night
The industries employ more than one million people
The UK's creative industries, including music, film and advertising, boost Britain's economy by more than 100bn per year, the culture secretary has announced.

Chris Smith also said the industries employed more than one million people and accounted for more than 5% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

He was launching the Creative Industries Mapping Document, which has used government and industry sources to provide a comprehensive picture of the state of the sector.

"The work of our creative industries is all around us: the clothes we wear, the buildings we live in, the computer software we use, the music we listen to, the books and TV programmes we enjoy," he said.

The first time a document like this was produced was in 1998.

Chris Smith
Chris Smith: "The work of our creative industries is all around us"
Mr Smith added that the document provided further evidence that creative industries had moved from the "fringes to the centre stage".

In a breakdown of the various sectors of the creative industries the document showed:

  • Software and Computer Services - Revenue 36.4bn, employment 555,000, exports 2.8bn
  • Publishing - Revenue 18.5bn, employment 141,000, Exports 1.7bn
  • TV and Radio - Revenue 12.1bn, employment 102,000, exports 440m
  • Music - Revenue 4.6bn, employment 122,000, exports 1.3bn
  • Film and Video - Revenue 3.6bn, employment 44,500, exports 653m
  • Advertising - Revenue 3bn, employment 93,000, exports 774m
  • Arts and Antiques Market - Revenue 3.5bn, employment 37,000, exports 629m
  • Interactive Leisure Software - Revenue 1bn, employment 21,500, exports 503m
  • Designer Fashion - Revenue 600m, employment 11,500, exports 350m
  • Architecture - Revenue 1.7bn, employment 21,000, exports 68m
  • Crafts - Revenue 400m, employment
  • Design - Revenue 26.7bn, employment 76,000, exports 1bn
  • Performing Arts - Revenue 500m, employment 74,000, exports 80m

Mr Smith added: "The most successful economies of the 21st Century will be creative ones. We need to face up to that challenge across all elements of society."

He outlined his vision of the future, saying he wanted "a society in which every child has experienced creative and cultural activity, has access to training to develop their creative talents, and has the opportunity - for those that want it - to work in the creative industries".

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