Facts and figures
Creative & Digital Industry East Sussex
The South East creative economy is evolving and thriving in the face of an ever-changing business landscape.
For those seeking to set up a creative business, there are specialist grants, start-up loans and free support available, plus a wide range of affordable workspaces and a welcoming business community.
All this in easy access to London and Brighton with some of the greatest concentrations of digital, media and tech in the UK. The number of creative, media and digital companies setting up or expanding in East Sussex growing rapidly.
The creative and digital industry in East Sussex has the benefit of an incredible cultural sector which plays an important role for the entire region. Culture means improved lives, improved urban and rural landscapes and is highly transformative in terms of income-generation, job creation and export earnings. We have some of the best arts and culture in the world.
Creative networks operate across all cultural, creative and digital sectors in East Sussex. Digital technologies are disrupting traditional models and opening up new possibilities for all kinds of creative start-ups.
The mindset generated by our creative industries spreads far wider than the sector itself, stimulating innovation and growth in all other industries.
[photo: Towner Gallery Brewers Commission, Eastbourne]
"After moving to Hastings in 1923, John Logie Baird built what would become the world’s first working television set."
Known for his ambitious builds on C4’s George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces. Studio Hardie is a team of problem-solving designer-makers specialising in unusual projects.
Software testing specialist with one of the largest device libraries in the UK – over 250 tablets, mobiles, VR sets, wearables & media streaming.
HiFest and HiStore
HiFest attracts hundreds of visitors annually. Its permanent relative, HiStore is a collab with Stooge Coffee & illustrators Nina Cosford & Ali Graham.
Dan Hardiker & Neil Hetherington – an interdisciplinary creative studio specialising in experimental art, installations, creative direction & design.
Multimedia production company with 10 years experience in film, TV, video production, 2D/3D animation, digital and audio production.
Arts Council supported rural residencies and bursary programme for SMEs & arts partnerships, providing time to think, explore & develop new ideas.
Claire Warner Studio
Claire Warner is an award-winning art director & designer. Former Creative Director at Browns (voted Creative Review’s UK Studio of the Year).
Winner of four national industry awards at the PrintWeek Awards 2017 including Bespoke Digital Printer of the Year & Fine Art Printer of the Year.
Leading independent vinyl mastering and cutting studio relocated from Hackney to Hastings in 2018. Lawrie Dunster, Owner & Sound Engineer.
An immersive virtual reality music platform that employs the next-generation of digital designers & content developers to allow fans to watch gigs on VR headsets.
Creative & cultural hub in Devonshire Ward with studios, maker spaces, gallery & café for artists, community members & the wider public.
Highlighted success story
Recursive Digital, a multi-disciplined design and consultancy studio based in Eastbourne, explains how it plans to continue developing digital and interactive experiences from its new Eastbourne premises, following support from Locate East Sussex.
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