According to the British Film Institute, the creative industries are an established part of the UK economy, accounting for more than 5% of GDP and employing nearly 2 million people. Beyond the economic benefits it brings, the creative sector is also of cultural importance. The UK’s art, music, theatre, film and other creative outputs all have the power to shape how we see the world, and how the world sees us.
This combination of commerce and culture is what lies behind the UK government’s continued support of the creative sector. For many years, the government has used tax reliefs and other incentives to stimulate creative businesses and build the UK’s global reputation in the sector.