Government figures have underlined the important role the UK’s creative industries play for the country’s economy.
Estimates put together by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport show that British film, media, music and arts, among many other creative industries, contributed a combined total of £84.1bn to the UK economy. The figure makes up almost 5.2% of the UK’s economy as a whole.
The statistics underline the economic and cultural importance of the creative industries as a British export, with figures collated for 2013 valuing the exporting of creative services at £17.9bn; accounting for nearly 9% of country’s total exports.
In a special feature, we profile four Tees companies which are all making their mark in the Tees creative industry.
First up, it’s Middlesbrough-based Ithica Films…
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Ithica Films thriving at the heart of Middlesbrough’s Boho Zone…
One of the many agencies making its contribution to the Teesside creative industry is production company Ithica Films.
From its new studios in the thriving mix of businesses at Middlesbrough’s Boho Zone, Ithica Films – winners of the Creative & Digital Media category in the recent Tees Valley Best New Business Awards – has worked on projects covering a range of sectors including the NHS, dental, education, engineering, construction, manufacturing, training and kickstarter films since its launch nearly two years ago.
Director Matt McGough, from Middlesbrough, studied television production and professional practise at Teesside University, graduating in 2006, and was employed in film-making before launching Ithica Films in May 2014.
“I gained a lot of experience working in Newcastle, but I felt I could create something really special on Teesside,” said Matt.
“The development of the company has been a lot quicker than I expected, but people are really getting what we’re about and the things we do, and we’re certainly heading in the right direction.
“The creative industry is a growing sector in Middlesbrough especially. There are some really exciting things happening.
“I think we’ll see a lot of developments over the next year or so, and I think the sector could play a really prominent role in the future of Middlesbrough and Teesside.”
Ithica Films recently added Connor Chambers and Jack Holmes as film-makers following successful internships, growing its team to five.
The new additions came off the back of a strong 2015, which included a move into plush new offices at Boho One.
Matt added: “It’s important to be able to offer these kinds of opportunities to young people on Teesside, whether they come from here or have spent time here at the university.
“As the company’s director, it’s brilliant seeing the team expand as it’s what we set out to do and we also want to use the graduates and apprentices around us.”