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design cpd courses

The design industry covers an array of speialist areas such as communications design, digital design, multimedia design, product design, graphics and branding, fashion design, interior design and also industrial and architectural design.

  • Design is highly valued by UK business, with an estimated £33.5bn spent annually on design.

  • Research conducted by the Design Council shows that despite the recession, the UK industry grew by 29 per cent between 2005 and 2010.

  • UK firms cite design as increasingly important when combating the effects of recession. In 2008, 80 per cent of UK businesses believed that design would help them stay competitive. This figure rose to 97 per cent among rapidly growing companies

  • In the UK, businesses where design is integral to operations are twice as likely to have developed new products and services. Successful UK businesses and iconic brands such as Virgin, Jaguar Land Rover, O2, Dyson and Diageo all regard design as essential to innovation and market expansion.

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