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20.1 Number of companies in the film industry The number of companies involved in the film industry has grown significantly in the last 18 years, particularly in the production sector which saw an increase of 450% between 1996 and 2013, compared with the UK all industries average of 57%. Part of this growth reflects the improvement in coverage in 2008 when companies registered for PAYE, but not for VAT, were added to the totals. It might also reflect the number of special purpose vehicles (SPVs) created for specific productions but which remain in existence as companies after the completion of those titles. These SPVs will not usually be involved in the production of other films. In 2013, there were 9,595 film and video production companies, 470 film and video distributors and 215 exhibitors (Table 20.1). Table 20.1 Number of companies by industry group, 1996-2013 Chapter 20: Film industry companies – 213 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 Year Film and video production Image: Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa courtesy of StudioCanal Film and video distribution Film exhibition UK all industries 1996 1,745 355 155 1,380,695 1997 2,460 360 160 1,547,175 1998 3,065 370 160 1,573,935 1999 3,460 380 165 1,595,705 2000 3,900 425 165 1,616,835 2001 4,185 485 190 1,623,025 2002 4,605 515 195 1,619,195 2003 5,065 530 205 1,623,715 2004 5,275 455 200 1,611,535 2005 5,785 445 200 1,631,540 2006 6,210 415 200 1,646,280 2007 6,575 400 200 1,673,835 2008 7,970 435 230 2,161,555 2009 7,965 460 225 2,152,400 2010 8,015 440 225 2,100,370 2011 8,215 465 210 2,080,860 2012 8,865 475 205 2,149,190 2013 9,595 470 215 2,167,580 Growth 1996-2013 (%) 449.9 32.4 38.7 57.0 Source: Office for National Statistics Notes: From 1996 to 2007, data include only companies registered for VAT. For 2008-2013, data include in addition companies registered for PAYE but not registered for VAT, so give improved coverage of the company population. Standard Industrial Classifications (SICs) are used to classify businesses according to the type of their economic activity. The classifications were last revised in 2003 and in 2007. For 1996-2008 data are for 2003 Standard Industrial Classifications (SICs) 9211 (film and video production), 9212 (film and video distribution) and 9213 (film exhibition). For 2009-2013, film and video production is the sum of 2007 SICs 59111 (film production), 59112 (video production) and 5912 (film, video and TV post-production), film and video distribution is the sum of 59131 (film distribution) and 59132 (video distribution) and film exhibition is 5914 (film exhibition).


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