5% of the workforce (equivalent to national figures) and
Strong growth in areas such as advertising, design,software, new media, publishing
Figures do not include self-employed, freelance, etc (‘the independents’)
The cultural sector also comprises, as part of its 'ecology', organisations, large and small, which are in receipt of subsidy from local, regional and national government agencies amounting to £10.5 million in 1999-2000 .
These subsidised cultural organisations directly contributed some £34 million to the economy in direct operations spending (on staff, goods, services) in 1999-2000.
Through the 'multiplier effect' this contributes, in real terms, up to £85 million annually to the economy. The more that is created and produced locally, the more this money stays in the local and regional economies.
The subsidised organisations employ nearly 800 operational staff on both continuing and contract basis and a further 800 artists, performers and educators.
The creative industries are a special sector because, while economically increasingly important, they are also about:
The resources of identity
The resources of affirmation
The resources of celebration
The resources of social inclusion and cohesion
The economy of symbols,values and meanings
The quality, vitality and conviviality of lived human environments
The resources of a sustainable and creative new economy
The development of distinctive local, regional and national identities (and industries) in the context of globalisation and potential homogenisation of cultures( ref. Uruguay Gatt Round/WTO the principles of ‘cultural exception’ and ‘cultural diversity’