Renowned Designers such as Christopher Bailey, Sir John Sorrell, Sir Paul Smith, Ian Callum, Paul Priestman, all share their insights into the different ways that Britain inspires their creativity and why it is so special.

  • The UK has the largest creative industries sector in Europe, employing 1.5 million people and generating exports worth £8.9bn a year.
  • The Arts play a significant part in the economy of the UK – contributing 6% of GDP and exporting over £16bn annually. Digital and creative industries are the UK’s third largest export.
  • The global advertising market is worth $375bn and is forecast to rise 4.8 per cent this year, according to Warc’s International Ad Forecast. The UK advertising industry is worth £15.6bn a year and two-thirds of agencies have their European headquarters in London.
  • Creative and cultural industries contribute £33.3bn to the UK Economy.
  • On creative content, we are second only to the US in terms of international content sales.
  • The transformational experiences relate to culture have had a dramatic impact on local regeneration. For example Liverpool is the fastest growing economy in Britain outside London, following its European Capital of Culture experience in 2008.
  • The UK’s fashion industry is worth an estimated £21bn to the UK economy, while films depicting the UK are believed responsible for attracting about one in ten overseas tourists.
  • The UK music sector is estimated to be worth around £3.8bn a year. UK artists accounted for almost 12 per cent of global music sales in 2010. The country is the world’s greatest music consumer, buying more albums per head than anywhere else, while consumption of music is reflected by UK production, second only to the United States as a source of repertoire.
  • The UK has the second-largest publishing industry in Europe, with a combined turnover of some £19bn, employing about 243,800 people.
  • International research into the records of students in several schools indicates that a curriculum that devotes 20% or more of the school day to the Arts produces youngsters with academically superior abilities.
  • 7% of all undergraduates study creative arts and design, the 3rd most popular area of study.
  • Only 5% of arts graduates are unemployed – considerably better than most other graduates.
  • 78% of all arts graduates are directly employed in arts and creative industries.
  • Students who take part in arts activities increase their attainment in Maths and English, especially amongst those from low income families.
  • Participation in structured arts activities improves young people cognitive abilities by 19% above non-participants.
  • Students who engage in the arts in school are twice as likely to volunteer and are 20% more likely to vote.
  • Young people who take two or more Arts subjects at GCSE tend to have a higher rate of employment than those who only took one.
  • Structured arts experiences prior to age sixteen increases the odds of civic engagement by age twenty-nine.

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