Department for Culture Media and Sport

creative industries economic estimates

These bulletins contains statistics on gross value added, exports, employment and numbers of businesses within the creative industries.

Latest Release: 8 December 2011
Latest data relate to:

  • 2009 (Export of services)
  • 2008 - 2009 (GVA)
  • 2009 - 2010 (Employment)
  • 2009 - 2011 (Businesses

Please note: We have been investigating the possibility of producing a back time series, to make previous estimates that used the old Standard Industrial Classifications (SIC 2003) comparable with the most recent estimates, which use SIC 2007.

We investigated this because we were aware that many users would find this useful. Unfortunately, after thorough investigation and discussion with relevant colleagues at the Office for National Statistics and other departments, we decided that this analysis would involve too many assumptions and caveats. As such we do not feel that the quality of such estimates would be high enough to publish. However, we will make every effort to ensure that estimates produced from now on are comparable, so a new time series will develop as we go forward. If you have any comments, please get in touch with us at

Economic Estimates (9 December 2010)

Please note that the methodology for these estimates was updated in 2011 and the figures in this 2010 report have been superseded by those in the 2011 report. Therefore for up-to-date figures on the Creative Industries and a time series covering the figures in this 2010 report please see the December 2011 report.

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