Posted 09.04.15

Discover the creative jobs hotspots on your doorstep

When looking for an incredible range of creative jobs, by living in Gloucestershire, the Cotswolds, Birmingham and the South West, you’re off to an excellent start.

Creative Industries is the organisation tasked with showcasing U.K. creative talent and its commercial success. And the two creative hotspots they choose to highlight? Bristol and Bath as one combined centre, then Birmingham as the other. The three cities are seen as locations for vibrant, leading-edge digital businesses in areas such as interactive media, gaming and e-commerce.

Birmingham pitches itself as ‘young, diverse and digital’. Digital and technology firms boost the area’s economy with, for example, 25% of the U.K’s talent associated with gaming being based there. The Custard Factory is a key location for huge range of creative and digital creative jobs in the heart of the city. International brand, ASOS, has based its digital and web operations there.

Over in Bristol, there are the established successes such as Aardman Animations and the BBC Natural History unit. Add to this now many newcomers offering creative jobs in gaming, mobile content production, branding and many more digital skills. This combination of recent history and new innovation has led to Bristol being ‘ranked in the UK’s top 10 creativity and innovation hotspots according to NESTA’.

The report continues with statistics such as the creative industries providing about 15,900 creative jobs in the Bristol and Bath area. They also expect an annual growth of 20% in such creative sectors.

Read the full report from Creative Industries yourself to find about the initiatives and digital clusters such as The Engine Shed and Pervasive Media Studio in Bristol or the Bath Digital Festival. Over in Birmingham look out for the Oxygen Accelerator and the Fazeley Studios.

For creative jobs, living in the South West and Birmingham is all about being in the right place at the right time.


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