The creative industries are hugely important to Britain's economy. According to UK government figures, they account for 10% of UK Gross Value Added, employed over 1.9 million people in 2007 and represent an estimated 157,400 businesses. The creative sector has also shown higher growth rates than other parts of the UK economy. But the sector is also highly fragmented and fast-moving, with informal skills transfer considered the best way to share the latest ideas and techniques. Co-operation, mentoring and informal collaboration are a vital part of the sector's success.
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