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The shape and size of the Brighton cluster How big is the Brighton CDIT cluster? In what

frame for BRES only includes firms registered

sectors do its firms operate, how big are they, and

for Value Added Tax (VAT) or Pay As You Earn

how fast have they grown recently? What are their

(PAYE) schemes and, as such, may miss some

levels of fusion? We address all these questions in

micro-business captured in the Fuse firm survey.

this section.

Moreover, around a third of the firms surveyed in the Fuse research are classified in SIC codes outside

1. An economically significant, fast growing cluster

the definition we have used in our analysis of BRES. Having said this, our analysis of BRES data appears to confirm the fast growth rates registered in the

Overall, the firms in our sample employed 3,162

Fuse survey. It also allows us to compare growth in

people in 2011 and generated nearly a quarter of

Brighton with other parts of the UK: between 2010

a billion pounds in sales (£231m). On average,

and 2011, employees in these CDIT SIC codes grew

firms in the sample grew 14.7% between 2010

by 13%. This is four times faster than Brighton’s

and 2011. The median is still a respectable 3.8%.

economy overall, twice as fast as the same sectors in

These figures are very high, considering that GDP

the South East, and more than ten times faster than

in volume terms in the UK increased by 0.7% in the

Britain overall (see figure 1).

same period19. We have tried to triangulate these survey numbers with official data from the government’s Business Register Employment Survey (BRES), available from the Office for National Statistics.20 We have done so for the 2010-2011 period using a definition of CDIT

Figure 1: Employee growth in creative digital SIC codes in Brighton, the South East and Great Britain (2010-2011) 20%


which focuses on the sectors identified as creative by DCMS in its latest consultation, plus the SIC code



62.09 (Other information technology and computer service activities) which has a substantial weight in


5% 3%

the cluster.



This additional analysis reveals that in 2011 there were 6,500 employees in the relevant SIC codes in Brighton. It is important to note, the sampling




Creative & Digital SICs

All Sectors


Creative & Digital SICs

All Sectors

South East

Creative & Digital SICs

All Sectors

Great Britain

Source: BRES (2013)

Brighton. Creative & Digital SICs: 13%. All Sectors 3%. South East. Creative & Digital SICs: 6%. All Sectors -1%. Great Britain. Creative & Digital SICs: 1%. All Sectors 0%. stb---quarterly-national-accounts-gdp-q4-2011.html




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