Growth in the cultural economy

The amount of income generated by businesses, measured by Approximate Gross Value Added (aGVA), of the Creative Industries Growth Sector (GBP Millions). Find out more about this indicator.

Approximate Gross Value Added (GVA) for Scotland’s Creative Industries sector was estimated at £4,379.0 million in 2020, up by 3.2% (in nominal terms) on 2019.  While there has been an increase in approximate GVA over the latest year, there has been a reduction of 11.3% since 2017.

The largest contribution to approximate Gross Value Added (GVA) within the Creative Industries sector came from Software/Electronic Publishing (56.3%), followed by Design (10.7%), then Architecture (8.8%).

The overall increase in approximate GVA in the Creative Industries between 2019 and 2020 was driven by the Software/Electronic Publishing sub-sector, whereas most other sub-sectors experienced a fall in approximate GVA as a result of COVID-19 restrictions.

Breakdowns for this indicator are available by sub-sector. These breakdowns can be viewed on the Equality Evidence Finder.

Performance Improving

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