Creative Network South is a collection of businesses, higher education institutions and local authorities which are working together to support aspiring, developing and established creatives in Hampshire.

The network aims to provide the opportunities, resources, information, support and encouragement needed to get new businesses off the ground, and to help develop existing businesses in order for them to break into new markets, or improve their presence in their current markets.

In doing this, Creative Network South, along with all those who are working in the creative industries in Hampshire, are able to work together towards a more successful, fruitful and exciting creative economy.

In this section you can find key facts on the creative industries sector, reports, useful links, research events and profiles of researchers who are associated with Creative Industries Research Network South which was launched in 2015.

Key facts

  • Hampshire’s four universities produce approximately 9,000 graduates in cultural and creative disciplines every year.
  • There are approximately 60,000 people employed in creative jobs in Hampshire and approximately 34,000 people employed in the creative industries sector.
  • Hampshire's creative industries sector generates approximately £2.7 billion to the economy.
  • There are more than 8,000 businesses in Hampshire's creative industries sector which is growing faster than other industries.
  • Between 2010 and 2015 the number of creative businesses in Hampshire grew by more than 2,000 and the number of people employed by creative businesses grew by over 7,000 jobs, representing nearly 30% growth over five years.
  • Between 2010 and 2015, on the basis of national trends, it can be estimated that the total number of people employed in the creative economy (people working in creative occupations for either creative or non-creative businesses) has grown by more than 20%, this would equate to over 12,000 jobs in Hampshire.
  • In addition to all of the creative industries businesses identified by national data there are nearly as many creative and cultural jobs in other economic sectors occupied by people with creative and cultural skills. It is also estimated that around 50% of creative firms fall below the VAT threshold and therefore are not accounted for in national data.