The West of England is a diverse and creative region, including the two thriving cities of Bristol and Bath along with, a vibrant mix of urban, rural and coastal areas. We are a region that identifies as creative. It is at the heart of who we are and the story we tell.
The West of England’s economy is built on strong foundations with innovative and creative businesses and a highly-skilled population. It’s a place where ideas flourish and businesses grow. The creative sector in the West of England has impressive scale and international reach, 6,135 creative industries SMEs are based in the region, including homegrown talent such as Oscar winners Aardman Animations. With over 130 production companies, Bristol and Bath produce 35% of global natural history content, and over 800 million people each month watching digital content produced here.
The UK creative industries have been one of the fastest growing industrial sectors for the past decade. Contributing over £111 billion to the UK economy in 2018, growing five times faster than the national economy and employing over two million people. Regionally, DCMS show a 27% increase in value of creative industries in the South West since 2010, with significant growth in the West of England. Creative and cultural industries in the South West contributed £5.1bn to the regions GVA in 2017.
Our region is accelerating creative innovation and we’re providing increased support to our region’s creative businesses to help them respond and adapt as the world changes. This support, led by the West of England Combined Authority, will ensure it remains a thriving, successful place for the future.
Find out more: www.westofengland-ca.gov.uk