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Creative Economy

The South of Scotland boasts a wide-ranging creative ecosystem that includes everything from fashion and textiles, publishing, film, radio, TV, music, software development, visual arts, gaming and more.

A Hub for Creative Minds

The region’s biggest asset is its people and the South of Scotland boasts an incredibly supportive ecosystem of creative thinkers and doers. Boasting over 6,000 people in more than 1,800 enterprises who are engaged in driving the creative industries forward. These enterprises stretch from coast to coast across the region, creating a real community that encourages collaboration and opportunity.

Many of our creative enterprises are deeply intertwined and rely on each other’s skillsets as they continue to grow. The region has become a hub of opportunity in growing our Creative Economy which now turns over £288 million per annum. With a strong sense of community, as well as the perfect balance of natural beauty, heritage and modern living the South of Scotland continues to be the ideal place for those working within the Creative Economy to live, work and thrive.

Creativity meets technology

The South of Scotland is unlocking Creative Excellence in the area of CreaTech.  CreaTech is defined by the Creative Industries Council as where creativity meets technology.

CreaTech brings together creative skills and emerging technologies to create new ways of working and to inspire business growth and investment. CreaTech embraces the commercial and cultural possibilities of virtual reality, augmented reality, Internet of Things, virtual production, artificial intelligence, 5G, and other developing fields.

driving creativity for the future

As well as enjoying nationwide support and infrastructure aimed at the creative industries, partners throughout the South of Scotland have also worked hard to identify the opportunities available in the region as well as what support would be beneficial for those with an enterprise based here. Over the past few years, the region has seen large growth and an expansion of opportunity in the film and TV industry.

Going hand-in-hand with this has been a boost in computer games and virtual production, as well as all the other necessary creative aspects involved in this such as fashion and textiles. The expansion of this particular area has seen interest in the potential creation of studio facilities in the region. In addition to this, there has been an increasing number of events and initiatives to not only drive interest in working within the creative industries but also to boost investment and showcase the incredible work that is already ongoing in the region.

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