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

Tuesday, October 20, 2020 - 07:46
Craig Humphrey, the managing director of the CWLEP Growth Hub

Culture, tourism, hospitality and leisure businesses in Coventry and Warwickshire are investing in digital platforms as alternative revenue streams following the impact of Covid-19, according to a

Thursday, October 1, 2020 - 09:53
Last year’s National Sales Conference in November 2019 at the Ricoh Arena

A national conference that was born at Ricoh Arena is set to smash its attendance record later this year after overcoming the disruption caused by Covid-19 - and has now set its sights on creating

Tuesday, September 29, 2020 - 13:22
Rufaro Chibanda from Birmingham, who landed a new job in tech as a result of joining a digital bootcamp funded by the West Midlands Combined Authority

Hundreds of local people are to benefit from free training to land new jobs in the digital sector, as part of a package of measures announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson today to boost the coun

Tuesday, September 1, 2020 - 12:56
Herbert Art Gallery

A socially distanced art exhibition – inspired by the public’s response to lockdown – has gone on show in Coventry.

Thursday, August 20, 2020 - 13:47
A woman tries a Virtual Reality headset

Creative companies in Coventry, Warwickshire and the wider West Midlands have until the end of August to put themselves forward for an opportunity to create stirring and immersive stories using aug

Monday, August 17, 2020 - 10:19
Emma Woodward and Sam Yair of Stories Marketing in front of house plants and paintings

Independent retailers across Warwickshire are being offered free expert advice on how to grow their businesses out of the Covid-19 recession using social media and other digital tools.

Thursday, August 13, 2020 - 12:43
Tracie Farren

A popular Leamington coffee house is full of beans after confirming it is growing its presence in the town.

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
An image from FEAST at Coventry Cathedral in 2019

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

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