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July 9, 2018

The Design Economy 2018


The Design Economy 2018

Colleagues Ana Cristobal and Nicola Walls attended the Northern Powerhouse Business Summit at the Boiler Shop in Newcastle on the 4th July, specifically to attend the launch of the Design Council’s ‘The Design Economy 2018’ report. Design Council CEO Sarah Weir OBE detailed the research on the economic impact of design on regional and local economies, all of this building on an earlier 2015 study.

Headlines for the report include:

The design economy generated £85.2bn in gross value added (GVA) to the UK in 2016.

Between 2009 and 2016 the GVA of the design economy grew by 52%,

In 2016, there were 1.69m people employed in design roles, and there are 78,030 design-intensive firms operating in the UK (2017)

In research for the report seven case studies were undertaken of companies operating across the design sector by BOP Consulting. Page \ Park were one of these case studies.

Interestingly Page\Park buck the major trends identified in the design sector as a successful business operating from Glasgow and Leeds, rather than being based in London, and with gender parity, including at Board level.

As the report launch formed part of the Northern Powerhouse Business Summit, and the fact that we were the only case study business not operating from London and the south, there was inevitably media interest in the Page\Park story and Nicola took part in filming for both the BBC’s Sunday Politics Show and for the Design Council.

We thoroughly enjoyed taking part in this exciting day, making new connections and listening to many  clear endorsements of the importance of innovation, creativity and good design.

The summary Design Economy 2018 Report is available here: