Leicester has thriving creative industries that represent the second largest cluster of creative businesses outside of London.
The Creative Industries sector in the Leicester and Leicestershire area is made up of nearly 4,400 businesses and employs 14,100 people, many of whom run their own micro enterprise or work in a high growth cohort of design and digital businesses.
Clusters have strengthened in city and town centres, and digitally-enabled start-ups have been springing to life across the county, including in rural areas. Creative Industries is already a strong and distinctive sector here, with particular strengths in design and IT. There is also a strong presence of design and music and performing & visual arts. In Leicester and Leicestershire, the talent pipeline is guaranteed with the area served well by three universities, all of which have leading departments in creative subjects. The three universities are a vital part of the creative industries ecosystem and are fundamental to the success of the sector in the area.