Creative Industries

For centuries, Edinburgh has inspired great minds, innovators and artists alike. The world's first UNESCO City of Literature and home to the largest arts festival in the world, Edinburgh continues to build on a creative legacy as deep as it is diverse.

Edinburgh’s cultural ecosystem is thriving, fuelled by an increasingly vital, energetic and connected creative community which encompasses advertising, architecture, art and design, computer and video games, crafts, designer fashion, film and TV, music and the performing arts.

One of the key drivers behind this incredible success story is the city's year-round programme of 12 festivals, which generate £280m for the local economy and support nearly 6,000 FTE jobs. This creative legacy underpins Edinburgh's reputation as a centre of knowledge and innovation. It is also a key factor in the city region's attractiveness as a destination and high quality of life.

Scotland's capital city is alive with creative spaces, developed specifically for the numerous micro enterprises that make up today’s creative sector. Flexible spaces such as Creative ExchangeWasps StudiosEdinburgh Palette and Hill St Design House, provide hots spots and supportive environments for creative businesses to develop and thrive.

The creative community is well looked after. Through Creative Edinburgh, a local network of more than 3,000 creatives across Edinburgh, members have the chance to engage in a varied programme of networking events, development sessions and knowledge sharing. 

The Edinburgh – Shenzhen Creative Incubator 

Discover more about the opportunities that exist for Edinburgh tech and creative companies in the Shenzhen-Edinburgh International Creative Industries Incubation Centre, Shenzhen, China.

China is one of the world’s fastest growing economy and a key export market for creative industry products and services from the UK. In addition to local opportunities, the Shenzhen-Edinburgh International Creative Industries Incubation Centre, in China, has been established to help both Chinese and Scottish SMEs understand the opportunities and challenges of operating in each market.

To discover more about this exciting opportunity, please telephone: Ann Marie Macaskill, City of Edinburgh Council, T: +44 (0) 131 529 3702

Several Edinburgh-based companies in the creative and digital technology sectors with the ambition and capability to trade and showcase in China, have already taken up the opportunity.

In good company

Edinburgh's creative sector encompasses advertising, architecture, art and design, computer and video games, crafts, designer fashion, film and TV, music and the performing arts. Discover More about Edinburgh's creative industries clusters by exploring our Business Sector Map.

Tailored support

The Invest Edinburgh team offer a bespoke, tailored soft-landing service to companies, investors and developers keen to invest in Edinburgh and the city region. If you would like to find out more about how we can help you and your business establish, relocate or expand within the city region, or would simply like more information about what Edinburgh has to offer, get in touch today.

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