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Creative Digital

West Sussex County Council is working on a number of initiatives to develop the West Sussex creative digital sector, with a particular focus on the coast.

We want to maximise the impact of regional opportunities in this sector by creating the conditions to grow and attract creative and digital businesses.  Our ambition is to connect local people to emerging opportunities in coastal towns, attract new businesses and work with partners to secure infrastructure and business space investment.

There is already a growing creative digital cluster along the coast of West Sussex. Developments such as the University of Chichester’s Engineering and Digital Technology Park, Colonnade House in Worthing and the soon-to-launch ‘The Track’ Creative Digital Hub in Bognor Regis, operated by Town Square Spaces, are bringing new opportunities to the area.

According to the Tech Nation 2016 report, the Digital Tech economy includes 1.56m jobs, with an employment growth rate 2.8 times faster than the economy as a whole.  Salaries in this sector are £50K per annum on average, 36% higher than the average advertised wage. Between 2010 and 2014, digital tech industries grew 32% faster than the economy as a whole.

Analysis by the Creative Industries Foundation, cited in Coast to Capital's Gatwick 360 Economic Plan, revealed that the creative industries were worth more to the UK economy than oil and gas, life sciences, aviation and the car industry combined. In 2017, the video games industry alone was worth £5.11 billion.

As part of our commitment to support the coastal economy, we are currently developing a number of initiatives to stimulate the growth of creative digital businesses in coastal West Sussex.

 

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