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Creative Industries Statistics Published

20 October, 2011 - by Carál Ní Chuilín

The Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure today published economic estimates for the creative industries in the north of Ireland.

In summary:

· Gross Value Added (GVA) for the Creative Industries was £737million in 2008. This was equivalent to 4.2% of the region’s total GVA.
· The estimated number of businesses in the creative industries sector was 2,200 in 2010. This represented 3.2% of all business units.
· The number of people in creative employment in 2009 was estimated at 31,000. This represented 4.1% of total employment in the region.

Minister Carál Ní Chuilín said: “The creative industries are recognised across the world for their potential for job and wealth creation. The sector can help to rebuild and rebalance our economy by stimulating the innovation, R&D and creativity needed to drive export focused growth.”

She added: “The creative industries can also support the wider economy by collaborating and adding value to other business sectors. The Executive is committed to supporting the creative industries and developing an environment from which creative ideas, creative talent and creative entrepreneurs emerge and flourish.”

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