Record year for our creative industries

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Latest statistics show that 2014 has been another incredible year for the UK’s creative industries - and Calderdale has had more than its fair share of success stories.

Halifax-born singer Ed Sheeran recently received the title for biggest one-week sales of any artist album in 2014 and Sally Wainwright won critical acclaim for her crime drama Happy Valley.

On a regional level, Leeds-based Rockstar games saw international success with its latest Grand Theft Auto title.

Ed Vaizey, Minister for the Creative Industries said: “2014 has been a fantastic year for UK music, film and video games. It’s great to see continued growth across all our creative industries with more investment going into training and production. Together the sector contributes £70bn to the UK and so a vital part of our economy. I look forward to 2015 with the expectation of even greater things to come.”

Between January and October this year the top five British films collectively brought in £72.93m to the UK box office. With the last quarter of this year promising more great figures as titles such as ‘The Imitation Game’ and ‘Mr. Turner’ are tipped to fall into the top five highest grossing films of 2014.

On the music scene, latest figures reveal that nine of the top ten biggest selling artist albums of 2014 were UK acts, with Pharrell Williams being the only international artist to make the cut. Sam Smith was named the only artist in the world to sell a million albums in both the UK and the US this year; and

One Direction have been titled the first band in history to have their first three albums top the US Billboard chart.

On the video games front, the UK games sector is renowned for its talent and for the creativity and innovation of its products. Many world-beating games originated from British developers including Elite, Lemmings, Tomb Raider, LittleBigPlanet and Moshi Monsters.

Nicola Mendelsohn, industry co-chair of the Creative Industries Council (CIC) and Vice President for EMEA at Facebook said: “2014 has been a growth year for the UK’s creative industries with many developments, initiatives and international awards.

“The Creative Industries Council launched CreateUK - the first ever industry-led strategy to ensure growth and secure further jobs in the UK and internationally. It will also play an important role in exporting UK creativity to the rest of the world and encouraging inward investment here.

“The sector has found a strategy and working arrangement with Government that means we are well placed to continue to secure the UK’s place as a leading global hub for the creative industries for the decades to come.”