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

Wednesday, August 12, 2020 - 07:44

BFI Chief Executive and Coventry kid Ben Roberts has announced a  partnership with Create Central and StoryFutures Academy: Positive Realities: XR for Youth Wellbeing in Coventry UK City

Friday, July 31, 2020 - 09:23
Digital poster featuring artwork by Aysha Janjua from the Unplugged Series

A digital gallery of artwork, created by young people in Coventry during lockdown, is set to go live.

Thursday, July 23, 2020 - 10:13

Spirit of 2012 – the London 2012 legacy fund – has awarded a major £1 million grant to Coventry City of Culture Trust to facilitate a programme of cultural activities, working with community organi

Wednesday, July 15, 2020 - 11:21

Local people seeking a new career in technology are being invited to join a free Covid-19 response bootcamp to take them from scratch to professional developers.

Tuesday, July 7, 2020 - 13:47

A teenage entrepreneur in Coventry, who was turning over £12,000 when he was in Year 9 at school, has moved into his first office and is preparing to take on his first member of staff.

Monday, June 29, 2020 - 10:09

Cars which find their own parking spaces and trams which report their own faults are just some of the futuristic transport systems being developed under a new agreement.

Monday, June 29, 2020 - 08:59

The outbreak of coronavirus has hastened the use of technology to diagnose and treat healthcare issues remotely.

Monday, June 22, 2020 - 13:13

Hundreds of local unemployed people are to benefit from a £500,000 training programme to help them gain new jobs and life skills ahead of Coventry City of Culture 2021.

Tuesday, June 16, 2020 - 15:44

School and college students are set to learn vital digital skills through the region’s first cyber security and hacking lab, thanks to funding from the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA).

Thursday, June 11, 2020 - 11:13

The second annual Coventry Welcomes festival will be broadcast online when it returns next week (June 15-20) to celebrate Refugee Week.

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

The Delivery Programme has 5 key themes:

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

Covid 19 Response

CWLEP Digital Creative Group and wider stakeholders met on 7th May 2020 to decide on proposed priority actions in response to Covid-19, where 12 of the 22 members surveyed report a £1.3m loss in revenue over the last two months. Following the meeting and the pre-survey, we have set up three Focus Groups:

Find out more Focus Group Members

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