Creative industries include screen, digital tech, design and computer games – some of the most dynamic and vibrant sectors of our modern economy.

A video game scene of a colourful landscape Image courtesy of Scottish Enterprise

  • Scotland’s creative industries contributed £4.4 billion of GVA to Scotland in 2016, employing 84,000 people
  • The creative sector promotes experimentation and idea generation, it helps drive innovation and transformation, and contributes to Scotland’s international reputation

We will work with industry to promote the value of design, use of design thinking, and build design capability across sectors. We have supported the development of the iconic V&A Dundee, Scotland’s first design museum, which will provide significant economic benefit through employment generation and contributing to Scotland’s international reputation.

Edinburgh Festivals

Providing an important opportunity to build innovation across Scotland’s leading festivals, we will invest a total of £2 million in the Edinburgh Festivals in 2018/19 through the continuation of the EXPO fund. Since 2008 the Scottish Government Expo Fund has supported the delivery and further expansion of Scotland’s major festivals‎ with an investment of £21 million, making a massive contribution in cementing Edinburgh’s reputation as a world leading festival city.

Platform for Creative Excellence

We will provide £1 million towards PLACE (Platforms for Creative Excellence) partnership in 2018/19. As a 3-way matched funding arrangement between Edinburgh’s Festivals, Scottish Government and City of Edinburgh Council, it will support proposals for strategic development activity across Edinburgh’s festivals.


We have committed an additional £10 million in 2018-19 for screen production, development and growth, doubling the screen budget to £20 million. New and increased funds to support film and television production have been rolled out this year with a larger Production Growth Fund to attract inward investment and a new television Broadcast Content Fund for television.

We are providing £475,000 to support the National Film and Television School to set up a base in Scotland that will help people in the screen sector move up the career ladder and employers to address skills gaps.

We will work with creative businesses to identify where there are challenges and opportunities, including in public procurement, and where they need support. We will bring together creative industries and the public sector to share experience, with the aim of promoting growth in the creative and cultural economy.

As part of our ‘Can Do’ approach we will harness the energy and capacity of the creative industries to support our ambition to become the most entrepreneurial nation in the world and, in turn, ensure our approach to enterprise and business support and the wider entrepreneurial ecosystem support the particular needs of the creative industries.

Key resources:

Creative Scotland

V&A Dundee

Edinburgh Festival City

Scottish Government: Creative talent and engagement

Creative Scotland: Platforms for Creative Excellence Programme

Creative Scotland: Screen Funding

Screen Scotland: Broadcast Content Fund

National Film and Television School Scotland

Scotland Can Do