Boosting our Economy

Did you know the UK’s booming creative industries made a record contribution to the economy in 2016, according to figures published at the end of 2017.

Industries including advertising and marketing, arts and film, TV and radio, and museums and galleries are all part of this thriving economic sector, which is now worth almost £92bn, according to the figures from the Department for Digital, Media, Culture and Sport.

Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Karen Bradley said:

“Britain’s creative industries play an essential role shaping how we are seen around the world but as these new statistics show they are also a vital part of the economy.

The sector is now one of our fastest growing industries and continues to outperform the wider UK economy. This is a testament to the talent and drive of its workforce and we are working closely with them to make sure this fantastic success continues.”

The digital tech sector is also developing at an astounding pace growing 50% faster than the wider economy in 2015 according to the 2017 Tech Nation report.

The Rt Hon Theresa May, MP The Prime Minister said:“Britain already leads the world when it comes to new technology. We make more contactless payments than anywhere else and we help to lead the way in everything from FinTech to Artificial Intelligence. We are natural innovators, eager to incorporate the latest innovations into our lives.

Jobs, jobs, jobs

UK creative Industries is growing at four times the rate for the UK workforce as a whole. In 2016, the East Midlands experience a whopping 54% increase in employment in the creative sector. It’s also interesting to look at who hires creatives.  Amazingly approximately half of all creative jobs are found outside the ‘Creative Industries’.

Digital tech is also flourishing on the jobs front with more than 1.5 million people are already working within the sector. The number of digital tech jobs across the UK has grown at more than twice the rate of non-digital tech sectors.

Putting Derby and Derbshire on the map

Whilst it’s recognised that London is the UK’s digital & creative heart, there are other notable clusters across the country making a huge impact. Whilst we may not be a notable cluster just yet, we have an amazing wealth of talent in our region and we need to ensure they are represented on that virtual map going forward.  We also want to see  their local contribution  more widely recognised and truly appreciated.

As far as Derby and Derbyshire is concerned, the digital & creative sector is a place we can look to for jobs and growth; greater and faster than any other sector.

So should we celebrate the digital & creative industries in Derby & Derbyshire? The answer has to be yes, and it looks like it’s going to be another great year.


We know that some of the UK’s most talented digital & creative businesses call Derby and Derbyshire home. 

Mainframe is a community of those people, sharing their talent, knowledge and inspiration. Based at QUAD and funded via the European Regional Development Fund and Art’s Council England; we host free monthly meetup’s covering topics from the inspirational, to business growth to the downright futuristic and forward thinking. 

Mainframe is part of the Big House, a collaboration providing sector specific support; making it easier for digital & creative businesses to understand and access the free help available in our region.

Looking for digital & creative jobs in Derby and Debyshire? Head to the new Mainframe jobsboard at