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Creative industries clusters

An overview of the government’s programme to grow the creative economy and open up exciting ways to create, distribute, and participate in new products and experiences.


Creative industries clusters

What is the Creative Industries Clusters Programme?

The UK is home to some of the largest, most innovative and fastest-growing creative industries, including film, music, video games and architecture. It contributes nearly £90 billion to the economy and employs more than 2 million people.

This is the largest single investment in building partnerships between the UK’s world-class creative industry and universities and as our former Chief Executive, Mark Walport says, “the first industrial revolution was powered by steam, the second industrial revolution is also being powered by STEAM (science, technology, engineering, the arts – in the most holistic sense – and mathematics)”.

The clusters in the programme

Bristol + Bath Creative R&D

Creating jobs, companies and products in the Bristol and Bath region’s screen and performance industries by helping them adapt to emerging technologies

Business of Fashion, Textiles and Technology

Focused on delivering innovation within the entire fashion and textile creative production and supply chain, exploiting the strengths of the UK’s textile innovation market to respond to new challenges


Focused on sustaining and growing media production in the Cardiff city area and across Wales, stimulating the wider creative economy by creating platforms for independent companies, SMEs, micro-businesses and freelancers to compete with global media companies

Creative Informatics

Growing Edinburgh’s vibrant creative industries by building the number of existing businesses and creative entrepreneurs who can confidently innovate with data.

Future Fashion Factory

Transforming the UK fashion industry’s capacity for new product innovation, and reduce lead times and waste, through convergence of new digital and textile technologies within the fashion design process.

Future Screens NI

Delivering expert technical skills, opportunity and growth across film and broadcast, animation, games and immersive technologies and industries in Northern Ireland.


Establishing a dedicated creative research and development centre at the heart of Dundee’s games cluster with a view to driving product, service, and experience innovation across the industry.

Policy and Evidence Centre

Providing independent research and authoritative recommendations that will aid the development of policies for the UK’s creative industries.


Responding to evolutions in contemporary screen form (fuelled by immersive technologies, data-driven personalisation, smart devices and AI) by providing an R&D base for screen industries

Storyfuture Academy

StoryFutures Academy is the new National Centre for Immersive Storytelling run by the National Film and Television School and Royal Holloway, University of London and funded by the government’s Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.

XR Stories

Harnessing the latest digital technologies to develop innovative and commercially viable models for the next generation of screen storytelling.

What are the opportunities?

Opportunities will be available to UK-based researchers and businesses. Connect with the relevant Cluster to be the first to hear when they have open funding calls.