Harrogate revealed as major creative hub

The report is published by Creative England and creative charity Nesta.
The report is published by Creative England and creative charity Nesta.

A new report has identified Harrogate as one of the 47 creative clusters which account for three quarters of the UK’s creative businesses.

While some clusters, like Cambridge and Bath, have a high concentration of creative businesses, and others, like Sheffield, Leeds and Newcastle, show signs of high growth, the report reveals Harrogate has both features, putting it in the same category as Edinburgh, Manchester and London.

The report, The Geography of Creativity in the UK, published by Creative England and charity Nesta, stresses that understanding where creative businesses are based is important if policymakers are to support their growth.

It reveals that the 47 clusters now employ 28 per cent more creative workers than seven years ago, but while there are now more of these businesses within the clusters, their average size has fallen, suggesting more should be done to support their growth.

Recommendations include supporting cluster development beyond the South East.

Juan Mateos-Garcia, Head of Innovation Mapping at Nesta, said: “The UK’s geography of creativity is diverse and growing. London and other creative cities are very important, but so are other areas which are sometimes overlooked when we talk about creative clusters. A better understanding of their specialism and impact on the local economy will help ensure that these hotspots continue to gain access to the talent and knowledge they need to thrive.”