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New report highlights the £71.7bn contribution of design to the UK economy

Design Council has published new research into the contribution and value of design across the UK economy, redefining the parameters and extent to which design is seen as a driving force for economic growth. 
The Design Economy 2015 research explores the value contributed by designers working in both design-specific and non-design industries. This definition more accurately represents the benefits and contribution design makes - which Design Council has called the ‘design economy’.
The government-endorsed report shows that, in 2013, the design economy generated £71.7bn in gross value added (GVA), equivalent to 7.2% of total GVA. In the period between 2009-2013, the design economy GVA increased by 27.9%, compared to 18.1% across the UK economy as a whole. 
John Mathers, Design Council Chief Executive, explained: “Design Council has long recognised design’s contribution to economic growth, and this new report provides evidence of how investment in design is helping to raise productivity, stimulate growth and make Britain more prosperous.”
Approximately 580,000 people are directly employed in the UK’s design industries, while a further one million designers work across the economy in non-design industries. This makes the design economy equivalent to the ninth biggest employer in the UK.
Mathers continued: “The figures in our latest report speak for themselves. The design economy is creating thousands of jobs, exponentially improving British export markets and contributing billions to our economy. It is vital that it is recognised and supported in order for this growth to continue. That’s why Design Council’s role is more relevant than ever. We will continue to support organisations to use design, driving up productivity across areas of the country and in sectors where its full potential is yet to be fulfilled.”
Access to the Executive summary, methodology, technical appendix and to order a copy of the report via
About The Design Economy 2015:
Design Council’s latest report is the most comprehensive account of design’s contribution to the UK Economy yet. Building on its previous research in 2005, 2008 and 2010, it takes a wider definition of design by analysing the Office of National Statistics’ data to better understand the value of design across the UK economy. The design economy refers to value created by those employed in design roles in a wide variety of industries – from design-intensive sectors, such as web design or animation, to designers and design-engineers in automotive or aerospace companies. 
Join in the twitter conversation using @designcouncil and #designeconomy. If you would like any visuals from our report, for social media or print, please send us a request, including your specifications.
Telephone interviews upon request, are available with Design Council’s Annabella Coldrick (Policy and Research Director) and Stephen Miller (Research Manager).
For further information, please contact:
Dharini Pathmakanthan
Marketing and Communications Manager, Design Council
020 7420 5208
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