Creative content and production: grow your business in the UK

  • excellent facilities and locations
  • world-leading technical and creative skills base
  • strong government support
Over 44,000 people working in the UK’s creative industries
  • UK creative content and production: at a glance

    The UK offers creative world-class content production.

    Six of the world’s largest film studios, including Warner Bros and Disney, have operations here. We’re also the home of Harry Potter, Game of Thrones and Star Wars. We’re a world-class film talent base, with a very strong visual effects (VFX) industry. The Academy Award for Best Visual Effects has had a UK nominee every year from 2011 to 2018.

    International TV sales reached over 1.2 billion GBP in 2014/15, and we’re the world leaders in exporting TV formats, bought by different markets and localised. For example, The Great British Bake off format is now reproduced in 20 countries.

    The UK has one of the most advanced games industries globally, with over 30 years’ experience of producing some of the world’s most innovative and commercially successful titles.

    Our digital games market is the sixth largest in the world - and is at the forefront of social and mobile platforms. It is underpinned by world-class universities producing a stream of talented developers and designers, an enthusiastic gaming population as well as a business environment that combines creative and technical expertise.

  • UK government support

    The UK government is fully committed to supporting the UK as a creative nation.

    Our creative industry tax relief offers help in starting or growing your business here, and has made production more attractive than ever. This allows businesses to access a rebate of up to 25% of qualifying spend for:

    • film
    • animation
    • high-end and children’s TV
    • video games development
    • theatre

    We also offer a number of world-class digital startup programmes and opportunities for angel investment in creative content enterprises.

    All of these measures complement our low level of corporation tax, which is set to drop to 17% by 2020.

    The government also has up to 50 billion GBP available to support finance and insurance for supplies from within the UK to buyers outside the UK. This support takes the form of guarantees, insurance and loans issued by its export credit agency, UK Export Finance.

  • Next steps

    We can help you grow your business in the UK

    Whether you’ve already decided to grow your business here or you’re just starting your research, the UK government can help you make the right decision.

    Research your industry

    You should research your market to help you decide if the UK is the best place for your business. Contact our Investment Services Team to get market research and other expert help and advice.

    Want to move your business to the UK?

    You’ll need to follow several steps before moving to the UK, including applying for visas and finding the ideal location for your business. Read our UK setup guide.

    The UK government can give you free help and support every step of the way. Contact us to find out more.