“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


  • 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.


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


Monday, February 18, 2019 - 11:02

A vision to establish a new Creative Quarter in Leamington Spa will be under the spotlight at the world’s largest property and investment show.

Monday, February 11, 2019 - 16:02

Over 1,700 games enthusiasts, students and industry professionals flocked to the Spa Centre and Royal Leamington Spa College for the inaugural ‘Interactive Futures’ Games Festival.

Thursday, January 24, 2019 - 15:12

Innovative games development companies have a great opportunity to hear from industry experts on the most successful way to grow their business at the inaugural Interactive Futures Games Festival.

Monday, December 10, 2018 - 15:24

Bus passengers can charge their mobile phones for free while waiting for a bus, after new Fonebox charging units were installed at ten stations in the West Midlands.

Monday, December 3, 2018 - 11:33

The second, annual Coventry & Warwickshire Business Festival (CWBF) has drawn to a close at The Slate - a prestigious conference, meeting and events business based at the University of Warwick.

Thursday, November 29, 2018 - 10:45

Warwickshire's importance in the nation's games industry is to be celebrated as the county plays host to an inaugural event in Leamington Spa early next year.

Monday, November 26, 2018 - 15:53

The Coventry & Warwickshire Business Festival (CWBF) ended its first week on a high with nearly 50 events successfully completed.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 - 12:15

An event aimed at helping businesses harness the benefits of digital technology is being held at Coventry University next month.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 - 12:14

An event aimed at helping businesses harness the benefits of digital technology is being held at Coventry University next month.

Monday, November 19, 2018 - 13:55

The second Coventry & Warwickshire Business Festival (CWBF) was declared open for business this morning (19 November) at an impressive event attended by over 150 people at The Warwick School.

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