NESTA has a new and waffle-free short report on the creative industries outside London, and is proposing that £100m of the Regional Growth Fund cash should target growing creative clusters in the regions. The first few pages have a useful up-to-date summary of all the UK creative industries statistics on size and employment. Even given the inherent vagaries of using SIC/SOC statistics to measure the creative industries, it’s good to read that…

“the creative economy grew more rapidly in all areas outside London, particularly … the West Midlands (8.2 per cent p.a.[per year])”

There’s even a useful regional breakdown into component parts…

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Unfortunately that still means we’re not on the map when it comes to regional clusters…

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