Review of Business support to the creative industries

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Today (Monday, February 23) national and local business support providers will gather to hear Dr Stephen Connolly of DC Research present the findings of “A Review of the Support Needs of the Creative Industries Sector in Dumfries and Galloway”.

The Creative Industries Sector is emerging as a key economic sector in Dumfries and Galloway employing over 900 people with an annual turnover approaching £50 million. Dumfries and Galloway Council commissioned this independent review to identify the business support requirements of the sector.

This is the first time such a detailed examination of all of the strands that make up our region’s creative industries has been undertaken. It is also timely as the Scottish Government is currently examining “the economic impact of the Creative Industries” in Scotland.

The review highlights the need for organisations to work in partnership to ensure creative businesses are aware of wide range of support currently available to them.

In addition it identifies a range of particular support needs including networking, sector specific advice, funding, recruitment of skilled staff and exporting beyond the region and internationally.

Councillor Colin Smyth, Chairman of the Council’s Economy, Environment and Infrastructure Committee explained “it is important that we share the findings of the review with other national and local organisations at this time, so that we can work together to address the issues identified and support the future growth of the Creative Industries in the region.”