By Daniel Hunter

The UK’s creative industries are now worth almost £80bn, according to official figures.

The figures show that the industries, including film/TV, music and video games, are worth “an all-time high” of £76.9bn, £8.8m per hour or £146,000 per minute to the UK economy.

Culture sectretary Sajid Javid said: “The UK’s creative industries are recognised as world leaders around the globe and today’s figures show that they continue to grow from strength to strength. They are one of our most powerful tools in driving growth, outperforming all other sectors of industry and their contribution to the UK economy is evident to all.

“Government is determined to continue its support for this most dynamic of sectors as part of our long-term economic plan. The tax reliefs we’ve got in place and are extending to children’s TV and orchestras have been instrumental in attracting inward investment, and are part of broad package of measures designed to ensure the continued success of the creative industries.”

2015 is set to be another “bumper year” for the creative industries, the government said. It highlighted a number of high-profile releases in film, TV and gaming that are expected to perform strongly this year.

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