Game of Thrones helps Belfast become a major tech and creative talent city

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  • Belfast is a major tech and creative talent city, and also a leading UK creative talent market according to a report by CBRE.

    One of Northern Ireland's most famous creative outputs, Game of Thrones played a major role in assisting Belfast reach 11th in the CBRE 'Creative Regions Top 25'.

    The report, that evaluates the potential of UK locations outside of London as destinations for the creative industries, featured Belfast ahead of Southampton, Newcastle, Nottingham, Sheffield, Liverpool and Cardiff.

    CBRE Director David Wright, said: “The tech phenomena looks set to continue in the UK. Technology and creative industries in general are not affected by regulatory restrictions or fears over single market access. Contrary to common perception, large numbers of these companies are based outside of London in regional cities such as Belfast and we expect this trend to continue." 

    HBO's Game of Thrones has been credited with catapulting the city and the region into the premier league of global production locations, and Belfast is now well known for its expertise in all areas of TV and film production and this has attracted international and television companies such as Universal, Fox UK, HBO, BBC, Channel 4, UTV, amongst others.

    Further growth in Befast's creative sector is anticipated and will be accelerated if the city can build on its existing strengths, and promote cross-fertilisation between creative industries.

    In the report, Belfast also scored highly in the CBRE index for: creative employment growth in the past 5 years, projected employment growth in the next five years, affordable cost of space, strong educational attainment, proximity to universities and cost of loving comparisons to other locations.

    Suzanne Wylie, chief executive, Belfast City Council said: “Belfast’s ranking in this report is significant recognition of the city’s burgeoning reputation in the creative sector. We have made huge progress in recent years attracting major productions including Game of Thrones, Dracula Untold and Lost City of Z but also television drama, independent film, documentary production as well as animation and gaming.”

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