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Creative industries generating £9.6 million an hour for British economy

By | Published on Wednesday 27 January 2016

Ed Vaizey

The creative industries are now worth £84.1 billion a year to the good old UK economy, and if you don’t believe me, you’re going to have to go to Westminster, track down that nice Ed Vaizey, intrude on whatever waffley conversation he may be having at the time, get up close and personal, and shout “LIAR” into his face. Do let me know if you do that.

According to the latest stats brag from the UK government’s Department Of Culture, Media & Sport, the country’s creative industries – which, for the sake of this stat, includes film, music, gaming, design, crafts and publishing – are at an all time high, having seen growth at nearly double that of the wider UK economy. It means the creative industries now generate £9.6 million an hour for Britain. I do hope Britain is grateful.

Speaking for Britain, the aforementioned culture minister Ed Vaizey said: “The creative industries are one of the UK’s greatest success stories, with British musicians, artists, fashion brands and films immediately recognisable in nations across the globe. Growing at almost twice the rate of the wider economy and worth a staggering £84 billion a year, our creative industries are well and truly thriving and we are determined to ensure its continued growth and success”.

If you think all this growth and success is just a temporary blip, the government would like you to remember that “the next instalment of ‘Poldark’; the new album from Radiohead; the film adaptation of Roald Dahl’s ‘The BFG’; and the release of ‘Lego Marvel’s Avengers'”, all of which are going to continue this marvellous creative trend.

Anyway, I don’t know what all you creative types are doing still lingering here reading this nonsense, you’ve got another £4.9 million to generate to meet this hour’s target, so back to work everybody. Unless you’re heading off to Westminster to shout “LIAR” in Vaizey’s face. I’ll hold the fort while you do that.