A new report from the Design Council, The Design Economy (only the executive summary is free)…

* Worth £71.7bn GVA to the UK in 2013.
* Provided 7.3% of exports in 2013.
* Increased in size by 27.9% during the great recession of 2009-2013.
* Design employs approx. 580,000 people directly in the UK, with a possible further 1 million non-design jobs clustering around it.
* 78% of designers are male.

There’s also some regional data, though it basically states the obvious: London and the South East dominate activity, the rest of us “have potential”.