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International, Trade and Immigration

International, Trade and Immigration


The creative industries are global. Countries around the world are increasingly prioritising them in an attempt to harness their economic, social and cultural value.

Creative PEC’s research examines how the UK’s creative industries operate in international markets through the trade of creative goods and services, talent migration, and foreign investment.

Publications and Posts

Research Reports
EU and Union Jack Flags
Post-Brexit migration and accessing foreign talent in the Creative Industries

The UK’s departure from the EU has changed the way that British firms trade and work with Euro…

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12 facts about the UK’s international trade in creative goods and services

Worldwide exports of creative goods exceeded 500 billion USD in 2015, with a 150% increase since 200…

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The migrant and skills needs of creative businesses in the UK

Download the Appendices This report details the results of a survey of employers commissioned b…

Policy Briefings
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A global agenda from the PEC’s International Council

You can now read the report in A Global Agenda for the Cultural and Creative Industries is the …

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The Creative Industries in the UK’s Export Strategy

This brief is based upon the findings of our latest research into the features and barriers facing t…

Press Releases
Press Release: New research, including – once in a decade data – provides comprehensive overview of audiences and workforce across arts, culture and heritage.

Embargoed 00.01 Wednesday 15 May 2024 (BST) For the first time, census data has been used to provide…

Press Release: UK’s creative industries are an export success story

New report shows creative strength despite Brexit and Covid Embargoed 00.01 Wednesday 20 March 2024,…

Introducing the Creative PEC’s Research Fellows Network 

By Professor Hasan Bakhshi, Director Creative PEC and Professor Giorgio Fazio, Director of Research …

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‘One Creative North’ plans finalised at summit ahead of Convention of the North

30 organisations meet to set out a bold new vision for the north of England’s creative industries To…

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Press release: With coordinated action North of England based creative industries could add £10bn to the UK economy

Today, the Royal Society for Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) and the Creative Industries Polic…

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Press Release: ‘Creative Corridors’ can be the key to the UK’s creative industries’ ambitions

Today (Saturday 16 September), three major institutions announce a joint agreement to work together …

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Press release: Relationship between creative industries and gentrification overstated says new study

August 2023 – It’s a commonly held view that the arts drive gentrification. Many city leaders …

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Press Release: Could the UK be a creative haven for writers? With support from policymakers, yes, says new report

17 August 2023 – The latest Authors’ Earnings Survey, from researchers at the CREATe Research …

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Press release: Landmark Creative Industries report says: prioritise creative education, end unequal access to the arts and focus on the regenerative power of the creative sector

27 April 2023 – Today, the Creative PEC launches a landmark report – The State…

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Press release: Growing skills shortage & international trade decline post-Brexit

NEWS RELEASE Download the Press ReleaseEmbargoed: 00.01 UK time Thursday 30th March Two papers …

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Press Release: New Creative Industries Policy and Evidence Centre co-hosts announced

Newcastle University and the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) have been announced as new hosts of the Cre…

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Press release: Major review of job quality in the Creative Industries

Published today: 23rd February 2023 Download the Press Release The Creative Industries – from …

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Trade in creative services: scale, trends, and geography

Creative services such as advertising, publishing, and design are an important part of global trade.…

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How to support the creative industries around the world

‘We need a change in mindset’ On 7 December 2021 the PEC’s International Council launched …

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How the pandemic is impacting creative sectors around the world

The creative industries have been severely impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. Over the past months our…

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The Brexit shock in the UK’s fashion and textile industry

While the dreaded no-deal scenario did not materialise when the UK left the EU single market and cus…

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The impact of Brexit on UK’s cultural and creative sectors: More heat than light?

The creative industries have been a pillar of the UK’s industrial strategies in the past two decades…

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Free-time, leisure, culture and learning in 2020

The beginning of this new decade, the 2020s, was marked by irreversible disruptions. For the first t…

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UK sovereignty: A challenge for the creative industries

Under the three word strapline, Check, Change, Go, a new campaign aims to prepare the UK for th…

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Rebuilding the creative economy with conscious capital: A view from the United States

At the start of the COVID-19 crisis, the UN Secretary General asked artists, filmmakers, m…

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Brazilian culture and creativity during COVID-19: Solidarity and lives

Paraphrasing Jorge Amado, a famous Brazilian literary writer of the twentieth century, in his popula…

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Safeguarding a creative and cultural moment

A discussion on the impact of COVID-19 on East Africa’s creative sectors In the first decade of the …

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The hopes and fears that creative employers have for “points-based” skilled immigration post-Brexit

One bright spot in an otherwise uncertain year for immigration policy, was the expansion in October …

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How internationally competitive are the creative industries?

Creative industries in the global economy Recent international trends show that the creati…

In Numbers


of the value of exports from the CIs is created domestically (12 facts about the UK’s international trade in creative goods and services).

Creative Industries services exports increased by 150% between 2010 and 2017 (ibid.).
Creative services exports were worth £37.9bn in 2019, of which £ was to Europe and £13.1bn to the Americas (DCMS 2021).
The UK exported creative goods worth £13.8bn in 2019 (DCMS 2022).


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