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Creative Industries

The Creative Industries sector is the fastest growing in Wales. Employment in the sector increased by 58% between 2005 and 2013.

With its great location, skilled workforce and culture of creativity and entrepreneurship, Wales offers real opportunity as a place to establish and grow your creative business. This diverse sector comprises a wide range of creative companies - from film, TV and music to digital media, animation and software.

Key Facts

  • A strategic location just two hours from Europe’s largest creative and media hub, London.

  • A stunning variety of locations and facilities for creative production — from mountains and coastlines, to castles and villages. Productions shot in Wales include Atlantis, Da Vinci's Demons, Hinterland, Wrath of the Titans and Robin Hood.

  • Wales Screen - a free service, assisting producers in finding great locations, crew and facilities.

  • Quality and competitively-priced commercial property, some 40% lower than London rates.

  • One of Europe’s most advanced and continuously improving broadband infrastructures.

  • A creative media cluster including internationally-significant companies such as Tinopolis, Boom and Sorenson Media.

  • Pinewood Studio Wales opens in Cardiff early 2015 and the Welsh Government is investing up to £30 million into projects brought forward by Pinewood.

  • Production talent responsible for high-quality drama, documentary, sport and children's television including Doctor Who, Sherlock and Being Human.

  • Major players in specialist e-services, including confused.com and moneysupermarket.com.

  • Among the highest levels of financial support and grants offered in the U.K. to help creative businesses to establish and thrive — up to 50% of business set-up costs.

  • Tax reliefs for film, high-end TV, animation and video games.

  • Major broadcasters, including the BBC and S4C, spending over £100m per year in Wales.

  • A renowned university system with nearly 5,000 creative industries graduates each year, in subjects such as animation, visual effects, and digital and mobile technology development.

  • A devolved government committed to regeneration, health, education, energy and the environment and to providing unique opportunities for innovative creative and digital companies.

For more information about business support and development opportunities in Wales please phone +44 (0) 3000 6 03000 or click here to email us.