A new independent report by the Design Council today (Thursday 5 July) calls on the government and business to invest in the UK’s burgeoning ‘design economy’ to drive future jobs, innovation, productivity and overseas trade.

The most comprehensive report of its kind, Design Economy 2018, sets out the escalating role design firms and designers are playing in a global economy and the fourth industrial revolution.

The independent research which was funded by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and unveiled at the Great Exhibition of the North Business Summit reveals: