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 

Rebekah Simpson - Playground Games 

Dom Breadmore  - Ludic Rooms

Johnathan Branson - Warwick District Creative Compact

Helen Routledge  - Totem Learning 

Michelle Wilson - Advent Communications

Rhys Jarman  - Wright Hassall

Andrea Pulford  - Warwick Arts Centre​

Jane Bailey  - Motionhouse 

Jon Nealon  - RBH

Al Allaway  - CAB Studios

Clare Green  - University of Warwick 

Peta Murphy - Coventry University 

Martin Nwangwa  - Coventry & Warwickshire Growth Hub 

Ian Flynn  - 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, January 7, 2021 - 13:48
Interactive Futures will give children and young adults the chance to discover the career opportunities in video games

The Leamington Spa games hub will open its virtual doors in February 2021 to showcase the talent and creativity of video games studios in the region.

Tuesday, January 5, 2021 - 09:18
Fleur Sexton, Managing Director of PET-Xi

A leading national training provider based in the Midlands is set to build on virtual development with some very real growth in 2021.

Friday, December 18, 2020 - 11:57
Sarah Windrum, board director at the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership (CWLEP).

An initiative to connect homes and businesses across Warwickshire and Solihull to superfast broadband has continued to forge ahead despite the Coronavirus pandemic.

Thursday, December 17, 2020 - 09:26
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Thursday, December 17, 2020 - 09:18
Sir Peter Rigby

SCC and South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust (SWFT) have launched a new Digital Innovation Hub during a virtual ceremony which saw Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock MP,

Wednesday, December 16, 2020 - 08:58
Craig Humphrey, the managing director of the CWLEP Growth Hub

A leading business organisation has launched a new website as part of a free nationwide programme to help SMES in Coventry and Warwickshire overcome the Coronavirus pandemic and achieve future succ

Thursday, December 10, 2020 - 14:55
Rammy Arafa, owner of Fire and Fizz, Hardeep Sandhu, Enterprise Coach Team Leader / Programme Manager at Coventry & Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce

A husband and wife from Sambourne near Studley who launched their business selling wood fired pizzas from a converted horsebox have harnessed the power of social media to ensure their first six mon

Thursday, December 10, 2020 - 11:59
From left to right, Clare Green (University of Warwick); Toby Flynn (Icycle); Rachel Davis (University of Warwick); Emilia Moniszko (Blunt & Brave); Kirk Hastings (Blunt & Brave); Chris Knight (Creative Leamington); Martina Bussi (Creative Leamington); Sh

A new vibrant co-working space in the heart of Leamington is set to help hone the next generation of regional entrepreneurs as part of a new programme.

Wednesday, December 9, 2020 - 15:48
Photo at Herbert Art Gallery & Museum

A Coventry art gallery has commissioned its first artist as part of a new fund asking local creatives to respond to key themes within its exhibition programme.

Wednesday, December 9, 2020 - 15:37
Coventry College

Further education colleges across the West Midlands, including Coventry College, have joined forces to help get local people who have lost their jobs during the coronavirus pandemic back into work.

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

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 listed below 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 7 days prior to any scheduled meeting.

Wednesday 15th January

Wednesday 25th March - cancelled

Wednesday 27th May

Wednesday  8th July

Wednesday 23rd September

Wednesday 25th November