The areas creative sector encompasses advertising, architecture, art and design, computer and video games, crafts, designer fashion, film and video, music, the performing arts, publishing, software and broadcasting.
Edinburgh also hosts a year-round programme of 11 festivals generating some £283m for the local economy, £313m for the Scottish economy and supporting almost 4,000 jobs. With the addition of a world-class film studios complex proposed as part of a £138m development in the Pentlands, Midlothian, the potential for creative industry start-ups, supply chain and support services companies establishing with the region is really high.
There are 2.9m jobs in the creative economy across the UK, equating to 1 in every 11 of all UK jobs, the creative sector is one of the fasting growing employment sectors in the Country. Outside of London and the South East of England, Scotland contributes one of the highest regional percentages to that total, with 6% of the total jobs in the sector.
With affordable rents, great venues and easy access to the City Centre, it’s easy to get creative in the Border Railway corridor.
The creative industries in Scotland is thought to comprise more than 15,000 registered enterprises and employs some 73,600 people.
Brand Satellite, a brand consultancy and integrated advertising, design and marketing agency, founded by Giles Etherington, is one of them.
The business is based in Melrose in the Scottish Borders and benefits from great transport links meaning Giles can meet his clients in Edinburgh and Glasgow in around an hour, all whilst fitting in some extra work on the train.
Watch this short video where Giles Etherington tells us why The Borders Railway has made a huge difference to his business and how the sector is expanding.