“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


Wednesday, May 27, 2020 - 09:59

The creative industries sector in Coventry and Warwickshire is set to shrink by nearly 50 per cent as the city prepares to become UK City of Culture.

Friday, May 22, 2020 - 08:49

The people of Coventry are being given the chance to get creative over the next 12 weeks by getting involved in a new series of workshops that begin this weekend.

Monday, May 18, 2020 - 08:43
Wednesday, May 6, 2020 - 11:03

A new £2.4 million creative hub for artists is to be built in Coventry, providing the first purpose-built and collaborative art production facility in the city which will support UK City of Culture

Tuesday, April 28, 2020 - 09:08

Coventry and Warwickshire’s rich history in R&D and education will play a key role in helping to stimulate the area’s economy post-Coronavirus.

Thursday, April 23, 2020 - 14:20

Create Central, the industry-led body set up in late 2019 has secured £2million of investment to deliver a programme of activities to help turbo charge the West Midlands film, TV and games sector.&

Wednesday, April 22, 2020 - 11:30

Local people will have more opportunities to improve their digital skills during the Covid-19 shutdown, thanks to new training courses funded by the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA).

Friday, April 17, 2020 - 08:13

Physical activity providers such as gyms, companies that run gyms for local councils and personal trainers could benefit from a scheme to improve the sector’s digital skills.

Tuesday, April 14, 2020 - 09:54

A statement from Martin Sutherland, Chief Executive of Coventry City of Culture Trust:

Tuesday, April 14, 2020 - 09:26

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