UK creative industries claim record year

DetailsEditor | 30 December 2014

2014 has revealed continued growth across the creative industries in the UK according to statistics just released by the country's Department for Culture, Media & Sport.

The data shows records being broken across the industries, in particular video. Between January and October 2014 the top five British films collectively brought in £72.93 million to the UK box office. With the last quarter of this year promising more great figures as titles such as The Imitation Game and Mr Turner are piped to fall into the top five highest grossing films of the year.

"2014 has been a growth year for the UK's creative industries with many developments, initiatives and international awards," said Nicola Mendelsohn, industry co-chair of the Creative Industries Council (CIC) and vice president for EMEA at Facebook. "The Creative Industries Council launched CreateUK - the first ever industry-led strategy to ensure growth and secure further jobs in the UK and internationally. It will also play an important role in exporting UK creativity to the rest of the world and encouraging inward investment here ... we are well placed to continue to secure the UK's place as a leading global hub for the creative industries for the decades to come."

"[This] has been a fantastic year for UK music, film and video games. It's great to see continued growth across all our creative industries with more investment going into training and production," added UK Minister for the Creative Industries, Ed Vaizey. "Together the sector contributes £70 billion to the UK and so a vital part of our economy. I look forward to 2015 with the expectation of even greater things to come."