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ICAEW and the creative industries

The creative industries are major contributors to culture, the economy and innovation. In the UK alone, they contribute £101.5bn in 2017, according to the latest government estimates, per annum to the economy (GVA). They’re fast growing and employ more than three million people – across film, fine arts, design, music, video games, fashion, TV, crafts, publishing, radio, photography and heritage.

Creative Industries - Routes to Finance

Find out more about the first comprehensive and bespoke guide for Britain’s creative industries.

Download the guide

UK television in focus

This ICAEW/PwC report outlines how innovative digital technologies, fast-changing consumer trends and international M&A are transforming TV.

Read the report

ICAEW is committed to boosting investment in the creative industries and providing them with expert professional advice.

Creative Industries – Routes to Finance is a unique guide devised, researched and published by the Corporate Finance Faculty, with the support of the Creative Industries Federation and 52 organisations in the UK’s creative economy.

The free guide covers:

  • Practical approaches to financial preparation
  • Professional advice
  • Public investment
  • Philanthropic support
  • Private capital

Together these help organisations to develop financial sustainability and resilience. The guide is based on interviews and contributions by more than 80 professionals from national cultural institutions, creative businesses, government agencies, investors, lenders and advisory organisations.

Read the guide: PDF | Digital viewer

Key contact

Shaun Beaney, Corporate Finance Faculty, ICAEW


Recent news

ICAEW’s joins Downing Street creative industries working group

Shaun Beaney contributes to the RSA’s new report on the role of design in UK industry

Other resources

UK television in focus – an ICAEW/PwC report that outlines how innovative digital technologies, fast-changing consumer trends and international M&A are transforming TV.

Creative Industries Council - ICAEW is a member of the ‘Financing Growth’ working group and also contributed to the council’s response to the government's Industrial Strategy.

Immerse UK – Shaun Beaney is Chair of the ‘Access to Finance’ working group of Immerse UK, a joint initiative between government, academia and business. Immerse UK is is supported by Innovate UK, Rolls-Royce, the Institution of Engineering & Technology, BT, Holovis, Vive, the National Theatre, University of Nottingham and many other organisations.

Start-Up Essentials

ICAEW regularly contributes its expertise about raising finance to the Start Up Essentials programme run by the Design Museum and Creative Entrepeneurs.

ICAEW took part in a series of special seminars in 2017 and 2018 devised by Creative Entrepreneurs and the Design Museum.

ICAEW’s Entertainment, Sport & Media Community – a source of information, advice and guidance for Chartered Accountants working in these sectors.

Further reading