20th June 2017 – Screen Yorkshire has today released new figures that reveal that the growth of Yorkshire & Humber’s film and TV industries has outstripped that of every other part of the UK, including London and the South East. The figures show that between 2009-2015, Yorkshire’s Film & TV Industries generated an annual turnover of £424m across 590 creative businesses (an increase of 247% against the UK average of 118%) with Gross Value Added (GVA) increasing 242% in comparison to a UK average growth of 120 %.
One of the most significant drivers of this growth is Screen Yorkshire’s Yorkshire Content Fund (YCF), which has been backed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and which has secured over £157 million of new business to the region through its investment activities. These investments include some of the UK’s top grossing independents, such as Dad’s Army, Swallows & Amazons and Testament of Youth; hit TV dramas like National Treasure and Peaky Blinders and some of the region’s best home-grown production companies; from visionary drama producers like Warp and Inflammable Films to award winning factual producers including VeryMuchSo and Daisybeck Studios.
The figures are based on data from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) and have been taken from research commissioned by Screen Yorkshire as part of a new five year Growth Plan for the screen industries in the region. The plan has been developed by the Yorkshire Screen Hub, a consortium led by Screen Yorkshire in partnership with Game Republic and Sheffield Doc/Fest, the UK’s premier documentary festival, which welcomed audiences from around the world for its 24th edition last week. It is supported by the BFI and fourteen local partners, including 8 local authorities and six universities. The Yorkshire Screen Hub is the first and to date, only hub to be supported by the BFI’s Creative Cluster Challenge Fund, which aims to support growth in the screen sectors outside of London.
Sally Joynson, Chief Executive at Screen Yorkshire, says:
‘’With the UK’s creative economy booming, this new research is highly significant for Yorkshire and these figures clearly demonstrate that the region is punching above its weight when it comes to producing world class film & TV. Furthermore, this growth has been achieved against a backdrop of increasing consolidation and hugely disporportinate investment on a national and local level into creative industries on the west side of England and the UK.’’
‘’We can now demonstrate how much more we can achieve for the region, the wider north and the UK economy as a whole if we can attract the right level of support and investment into the sector in Yorkshire. Our aim is to ensure that Yorkshire & Humber is central to this increasingly vital sector for the national economy.’’
In addition to revenue figures, the ONS data also shows that the number of business units across Yorkshire and Humber grew 57% vs a UK average of 47%, while employment across the film and TV industries in the region grew 88% against a UK average of 32%. The impact on the wider economy is greater still once the supply chain is taken into account. The total impact of the Screen Industries in Y&H is estimated to support some 12,000 jobs (directly and indirectly) with a turnover of just below £1.1 billion. A particularly significant part of this spillover impact is tourism, with the Screen Industries estimated to account for 1,000 jobs and some £120 million of the turnover of tourism-based companies.
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About the Yorkshire Screen Hub
The Yorkshire Screen Hub was established to support the growth of emerging screen sector centres outside London and the South-East. The nine month programme, led by Screen Yorkshire, Game Republic and Sheffield Doc/Fest, aims to identify the investment required for skills, training, infrastructure and knowledge sharing, to enable the Yorkshire and Humber region to compete globally.
The YSH was established in March 2016 with £127,000 through the BFI’s Creative Clusters Challenge Fund as seed funding for a plan to expand the region’s creative sector infrastructure and skills base. The BFI’s Lottery Award is matched by regional partners to create a total investment of £254,000.
Regional investment came from the local authorities of Bradford, Hull, Leeds, Sheffield and York, Calderdale, Harrogate and Kirklees and six leading UK universities – Bradford, Huddersfield, Hull, Leeds Beckett, Sheffield Hallam and York
Screen Yorkshire has worked with partners to develop a fully costed training plan & skills and talent pipeline, which forms an integral part of the Growth Plan for the region.
About Screen Yorkshire
Screen Yorkshire has been at the forefront of championing the film, TV, games and digital industries in Yorkshire and the Humber since it was established in 2002. Screen Yorkshire’s aim is to secure and support the very best projects, companies and individuals, helping to make Yorkshire and the Humber one of the most sought after destinations for production in the UK
Screen Yorkshire offers production financing through the Yorkshire Content Fund. Since it launched in February 2012 Screen Yorkshire has invested in 38 film & TV projects, including: National Treasure, Dad’s Army, Swallows and Amazons, Dark Angel, Journeyman, Dark River, Black Work, The Great Train Robbery, Peaky Blinders, Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, Testament Of Youth, Hank Zipzer, X + Y, Death Comes to Pemberley and ’71.
Screen Yorkshire develops regional and UK wide talent by designing and delivering industry schemes such as Bootcamp and Triangle, with funding from Creative Skillset. www.screenyorkshire.co.uk
In 2015, Screen Yorkshire launched Church Fenton Studios, which it is transforming into one of the foremost film & TV centres in the UK. www.churchfentonstudios.co.uk