The creative and cultural industries are incredibly important in the UK - not just for our economy but also because of the social and cultural capital that they create. Whether it be film, electronic games, music, fashion, advertising, design, art or heritage, these activities permeate our lives and help shape the world we live in. The UK's creative and cultural industries are amongst the most influential and successful in the world. However, research into the creative industries is in its infancy, compared to other sectors.
Robust evidence and research is particularly valuable in young, dynamic and growing sectors. But researching the creative and cultural industries throws up numerous methodological challenges which must be overcome if meaningful insight is to be produced. The three major issues are;
TBR has a wealth of research experience in the creative industries and in associated sectors such as heritage and sport. We have developed bespoke analysis and data to provide more accurate evidence on the performance of the sector than is available through standard national statistics. Our analyses are not constrained to using SIC codes to map creative and cultural activity and we are experts in capturing data on the ‘hard-to-reach’ elements of the sector. We have the solutions and we have applied them widely over the last 10 years to generate new intelligence on the UK's creative, cultural and sports industries.
The key research services that we offer within our creative research domain are;
TBR has a strong track record of working across the UK creative and cultural agenda and has been at the forefront of creative industries research for a number of years. We have made key contributions to the national body of work through projects for clients such as DCMS, the CASE programme, Creative & Cultural Skills, Arts Council England, MLA, English Heritage, Skillset, local authorities and a host of organisations operating within the sector such as Generator. We have also worked extensively in sports research and development for clients such as Sport England and a number of regional development agencies.