Creative and Entrepreneurial

The Entrepreneurial Sector in Scotland

Research in March 2016 showed that there were over 348,000 small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) operating in Scotland. These provided an estimated 1.2 million jobs.

Creative Industries 

Scotland’s thriving creative industry is one of the country's most diverse sectors. It covers fashion and textiles, theatre, TV, radio, film, journalism, publishing, music, visual arts, gaming, architecture, design, and more.

In 2015, creative industries in Scotland employed over 73,600 people and contributed over £3.7 billion to the economy, with a turnover of £5.5billion. Scotland has world-class companies in games development and interactive platforms, small and large media production companies, and producers of next generation digital technologies.

Find out more from My World of Work about opportunities in the creative and entrepreneurial sectors.

Creative and entrepreneurial opportunities in Dumfries and Galloway

Creative and entrepreneurial industries are expected to grow by 2% across Scotland, with around 1,300 jobs being created per year.

Dumfries and Galloway has a high proportion of small creative and entrepreneurial businesses, usually with a focus on opportunities in their local market. Together, they make a significant contribution to the regional economy. Arts and creative activity also play an important part in the region's economy, especially in the growth of tourism.

Career and job opportunities in this sector include:

  • Web Designer 
  • Artist
  • Graphic Designer 
  • Medical Illustrator
  • Product Designer
  • Ceramic Pottery Maker
  • Arts Administration
  • Photographic Technician
  • Jewellery Designer
  • Textile Designer
  • Retail Display Assistant
  • Medical Photographer
  • Sound & Video Assistant

Creative and entrepreneurial college courses in Dumfries and Galloway

Dumfries and Galloway College has a variety of courses available covering a wide range of creative industries. The new state of the art campus benefits from the latest technology and the programme of courses encourages students to find their own strengths and helps them choose a career path that supports their skills and talents.

Find out more from Dumfries and Galloway College about available courses.

DYW DG and the Creative and Entrepreneurial sector 

DYW DG works with leading trainers and providers in the region to address skill gaps and future workforce requirements.

Contact us to find out how we can help you with succession planning and getting more young people into your workplace.

Read our Entrepreneur Me Case Study.

Find out more about Sector Forums in Dumfries and Galloway.


At Forest Enterprise Scotland (FES), we are committed to advancing equality of opportunity. The partnership we have established with DWY DG will allow us to reach out to more young people, including young women. We want to highlight the variety of roles and careers in the industry and encourage young people to consider an apprenticeship with FES as a pathway into a career in forestry, and DYW DG are important and valued partners in this process.

Ashley Woodhouse, Forest Enterprise Scotland

The feedback from the pupils was fantastic and we were over the moon with how our first site visit went  – it was so exciting to hear how enthusiastic the young people were about a future career with the industry and how our different team members had inspired them to look at certain roles that they hadn’t necessarily thought about before.

Emma Porteous, Marketing Manager, Robinsons, Lockerbie


DYW DG has helped Morrisons to make Stranraer's young workforce in aware of the good career options in supermarket retail, as well as opportunities for career progression. With DYW’s help, we created a schools' presentation to highlight the opportunities available within Morrisons to school leavers and the young workforce, which gave local pupils a better understanding of how the food retail sector operates. I would definitely recommend a partnership with DYW DG and I look forward to working on other projects with the DYW D&G team.

Eleanor, People Manager, Morrisons, Stranraer


Working in partnership with DYW DG, we have had great success in targeting potential future candidates in areas to suit our operational activities within Dumfries and Galloway. Since our involvement with DYW D&G, we have successfully recruited 11 trainees within Dumfries Galloway over the last 18 months and discussed our various training programmes with around 2,500 of our young people at a number of events.

Kenny Bowie, Head of Planning and Design, SPEN, Dumfries.


SRUC’s Barony Campus students were given a unique entrepreneur opportunity thanks to DYW DG and Chamber of Commerce partnership working and support for the introduction of the ‘Entrepreneur Aspire’ Award. SRUC looks forward to offering this entrepreneur opportunity next academic year, with a possible option to include other regions within Scotland. It is a pleasure to work with DYW DG, who are so enthusiastic and supportive of our students and their business aspirations for the future.

Julie Parker, Senior Tutor, SRUC Barony Campus