Stars in their eyes as film crew cash soars to £2.5m
THE borough’s starring role for film crews and Hollywood heavyweights has helped pump more than £2.5m into Cheshire East’s economy.
Those in charge of the coffers at Cheshire East Council say the economic value of film making in the borough has shot up to £2.5m – making it one of the most popular locations in the country for film and television productions.
Production companies spent more than 182 days working in Cheshire East last year, spending more than £2.5m in hotels, restaurants and shops.
According to figures from Creative England, there have been 41 titles which have utilised the characteristic settings of Cheshire East, including Foyle’s War, Peaky Blinders, The Village, Real Housewives of Cheshire and Scott and Bailey.
Others include the £100m feature film Tarzan, The Driver and Last Tango in Halifax.
Children’s programmes, factual documentaries, commercials and modelling shoots have also combined to give the borough’s hotels, B&Bs, restaurants and cafes a huge income boost.
Leader of Cheshire East Council, Michael Jones, said: “This is astonishing. Three years ago the economic value from productions was just £600,000. Now we are at £2.5m.
“While some of the production companies involved are based at Mediacity in Manchester, many are from other parts of the country, including London.
“And they often hire local people and local crews to make it happen, so there is a real jobs benefit from all this.
“This must mean that our reputation as a good place to film precedes us.”
●● Lautie Borg, the producer of the second series of Peaky Blinders outside Christ Church, Macclesfield