Overview

“Digital Creative is not a sector in Coventry & Warwickshire. It is a way of thinking that empowers us to shape the future for our region and for the world. Our CWLEP Digital Creative Business Group includes representatives from businesses working in geo-spatial mapping, in games development, in digital design, in information technology, in performance. What brings us together is that we all use creative thinking and the power of technology to evolve the products and services we deliver. We are supported by Economic Development representatives from Coventry City Council, Warwickshire County Council, the Growth Hub, and the Coventry & Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership. We also build better partnership working with the invaluable academic research and testbed facilities we have at the Universities of Coventry and Warwick through their respective representation in the group.”

Sarah Windrum, CWLEP Board Lead for the Digital Creative Business Group

Objectives

  • Be ambassadors for the Digital Creative organisations. Raising the areas profile for the innovative and evolutionary businesses in the region

  • Identify and discuss issues of concern for  the group, whether from the private or public sector.Facilitate growth and continually improving performance within the ecosystem.

  • Assist the development of a pipeline of  projects and funding opportunities with a balanced mix of large scale ‘flagship’ and small/medium sized schemes.

  • Identifying the priority sectors where activity should be focused, suggesting pro-active activities that could be undertaken and suggesting medium and long term targets for growth.

  • Reporting back to the CWLEP Board against the CWLEP’s strategic goals.

Members

Sarah Windrum (Board Lead)   - Emerald Group 

Liz Katz   - Noisegate Media  

Nick Harper  - Exient 

Annie Gardner - Vitsoe 

Rebekah Simpson - Playground Games 

Tom Wilcock  - Auster Aviation 

Kate Ainscough  - Freestyle Innovation 

Helen Routledge  - Totem Learning 

Neil Curtis  - Net Visability

Rhys Jarman  - Wright Hassall

Louise Partridge  - Merryhill Accountancy

Jane Bailey  - Motionhouse 

Jon Nealon  - RBH

Al Allaway  - CAB Studios

Andrew Todd  - University of Warwick 

Paul Fairburn - Coventry University 

Jaymie Thakordas  - Coventry & Warwickshire Growth Hub 

Andy Williams  - CWLEP 

Simeon Lee  - Warwickshire County Council 

Stacy O’Connor  - CWLEP

David Hope - Coventry City Council

Gemma Gathercole  - CWLEP

View the Digital Creative Business Group Terms of Reference

News

Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 14:26

The region’s independent TV sector is calling on creative talent from across the West Midlands to join an innovative new skills bootcamp.

Wednesday, February 5, 2020 - 15:22

Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) is leading a new £8 million consortium to open up vast amounts of travel data for vehicle makers, inventors, coders and entrepreneurs to develop new transpor

Wednesday, February 5, 2020 - 10:21

Interactive Futures, a celebration of the rich talent within the Leamington Spa Games Hub, saw hundreds of students, children and parents – plus leading video games names – attend the Royal Spa Cen

Monday, February 3, 2020 - 14:43

One of the UK’s largest independent video game developers, Mediatonic, has announced that it will open a new studio in Leamington Spa, creating at least 60 new jobs in the Warwickshire region.

Thursday, January 30, 2020 - 15:45

We’re delighted to confirm Playground Games as an Associate Partner for Interactive Futures 2020, which is taking place in Leamington Spa on January 31st & February 1st.

Wednesday, January 29, 2020 - 10:26

The vibrant Leamington Spa Games Hub in Warwickshire is set to create 500 new game development jobs over the next two years, opening up huge opportunities for young people and graduates in the Midl

Tuesday, January 28, 2020 - 12:36

We’re delighted to confirm Women in Games as the Diversity Partner for Interactive Futures 2020, which is taking place in Leamington Spa on January 31st & February 1st.

Monday, January 27, 2020 - 15:11

We're delighted to confirm Codemasters as an Event Partner for Interactive Futures 2020, which is taking place in Leamington Spa on January 31st & February 1st.

Monday, January 27, 2020 - 11:11

A leading college group is helping businesses to future-proof their workforces and bridge the skills gap by launching two skills centres in the region.

Thursday, January 23, 2020 - 15:01

The Interactive Futures Indie Investor Pitch will take place on the afternoon of Friday, January 31 at the Interactive Futures conference & Expo, giving indie developers in Leamington Spa and b

Delivery Programme

The Delivery Programme is a living document which constantly evolves. This document will be reviewed and updated regularly. A formal update of the Delivery Programme will be published annually. Download the document here.

The Delivery Programme has 5 key themes:

  • Business Support
  • Inward Investment
  • Infrastructure
  • Skills
  • Wider Engagement

Meeting Dates 2020

In these unprecedented times, to focus our work on the immediate support of our business community and to minimise the spread of Coronavirus, adhering to the Government guidelines, CWLEP Business Group meetings are largely being suspended.

The next scheduled meeting of the Digital Creative Business Group is on Wednesday 27th May and is currently planned to be held online.  As the current situation is very fast-moving, this will be kept under review and Members will be notified of any change to this schedule no later than Wednesday 20th May. 

Wednesday 15th January

Wednesday 25th March - cancelled

Wednesday 27th May

Wednesday  8th July

Wednesday 23rd September

Wednesday 25th November