Creative industries

Dorset is one of the fastest growing creative and digital hubs in Europe, and one of the best destinations for digital entrepreneurs.

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Dorset has a thriving digital economy and a world-leading digital sector. Bournemouth and Poole are the UK's top areas for high growth digital businesses (Tech National Report 2017) supporting 15,000+ digital jobs worth over £352 million to the economy.

Areas of expertise include visual effects, gaming, animation, digital agencies, app creation, digital products, and post-production.

A highly skilled talent pool, a robust and efficient high speed infrastructure and an exceptional location which combines outstanding natural beauty with cosmopolitan, cultured lifestyle, make Silicon South a great place to do digital business. The region offers a unique blend of experienced professionals and exceptional new talent, primed specifically for the creative and digital sector. Much of this comes out of the two universities based in Dorset, both of which specialise in creative and digital industries - Arts University Bournemouth and Bournemouth University.

Dorset is at the forefront of 5G wireless communications technology plans - see our 5G ecosytem inward investment opportunity brochure.

The region offers an open interactive business environment and vibrant networking opportunities, including an extensive festival season. The close proximity to leading organisations from other sectors, such as finance, engineering, marine, sustainable technologies and healthcare, provide extensive cross-sector collaboration opportunities.

The region's best-in-class facilities include the world’s largest Open Device Lab, the Living Labs and centres of excellence for data science, digital entertainment, film and media. Fast becoming known as a centre of excellence for animation and visual effects, Dorset has the largest film school outside of London, and is home to the National Centre for Computer AnimationThe Centre for Digital Entertainment and the International VFX Hub. Additionally, an impressive 50% of graduates working in the film, visual effects or video games industries in the UK come from Dorset.

Across the region, the private and public sector are united in a shared vision to establish the region as the pre-eminent international digital hub, resulting in comprehensive support for entrepreneurs and relocations. Well-known digital and creative businesses currently based in Dorset include Framestore, Outpost VFX, Amuzo Games, C4L, The Emerge Group, RedWeb and Bright Blue Day.

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