UK entertainment technology industry valued at £1.28 billion and growing

The entire UK entertainment technology industry is valued at £1.28 billion in 2017/18 and is predicted to grow over the next five years, according to a new research report by PLASA.

The report encapsulates the entire entertainment technology industry and is now available to download on the PLASA website. It will be beneficial to many businesses who are looking to understand market sectors and growth opportunities for business planning and benchmarking performance.

According to the research all industry technologies have seen growth, particularly AV and audio, which represent 38 per cent and 27 per cent of the market share respectively. Professional AV is currently valued at £490m and has an increasing presence in many sectors including retail and architectural. Professional audio is valued at £340m due to its usage in installations and sports among others.

Each market sector receives is investigated as part of the research, drilling into recent performance, current challenges and future potential. The suppliers surveyed revealed that they were most positive about the future of architectural and commercial, concert and touring and themed attractions. Further down the scale were performing arts, DJ and studio sectors. The future of the industry is generally positive with half of those surveyed expecting the value of the industry to increase in the next five years.

Additionally, the report details how macro-environment factors such as GDP, tourism and consumer trends have affected the industry in recent years and cautions how these factors could continue to have an effect.

PLASA Managing Director, Peter Heath, commented: “It’s great to learn that the entertainment technology industry is in such good shape. And with the industry diversifying and adapting, it is clear that leading professionals from all sectors are more than capable of steering live entertainment technologies in the right direction for generations to come.”

PLASA plans to repeat the research every 12 months, enabling it to build up ever-more accurate trend information. The full report is available to download from the PLASA website, and is free of charge for PLASA members.