Peel Media has confirmed that they’ve signed a deal with the University Technical College to bring the £10.4m facility to MediaCityUK.
UTC@MediaCityUK will be based in a 6,200sq metre building on the junction of South Langworthy Road and Broadway.
It’s aimed at 14-19 year olds, with an interest in the creative and digital sectors and the college will enable them to work with employers at MCUK. Read the rest of this entry »
A drive to help the UK’s creative companies win high value contracts overseas was launched by the government on the 28 November 2013.
UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) will support a taskforce of the UK’s top 100 creative sector small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to win £500 million worth of high value overseas contracts in the next 3 years. The initiative is part of a government plan to get 100,000 more UK businesses exporting.
Companies on the taskforce include Zaha Hadid Architects, The British Museum, AKQA, ADCreative London, FutureBrand, Mother, ES Global, factorydesign, Populous and the V&A. They span the transport, healthcare, retail, cultural developments and global sports sectors. Read the rest of this entry »
A collaboration led by the University of York is to receive funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) to train the next generation of researchers, designers, developers and entrepreneurs of digital games.
The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Intelligent Games and Game Intelligence (IGGI) is a collaboration between the Universities of York and Essex, Goldsmiths College, University of London and 60 representatives from the world-leading UK games industry, networks and user groups. Read the rest of this entry »
Dave Coplin, Microsoft UK’s chief envisioning officer, believes Yahoo’s decision to ban staff from working at home indicates a lack of trust and will be reversed in a “few years”.
Screen Yorkshire champions and supports new and emerging talent in the TV, film, video games and digital sectors in Yorkshire and Humber. Its unique and successful national talent development scheme Triangle 2014 is open to applications. Now in its fourth year, Triangle is a 10 month talent development programme that encourages writers, directors and producers in film to form new working relationships or “triangles”. Read the rest of this entry »
Findings of an independent report commissioned by Manchester City Council to examine the economic impact of The Sharp Project have been released. Researched and written by Manchester based specialist economic development and regeneration consultancy ekosgen, the report found that since opening in 2011 The Sharp Project has exceeded its target by creating 375 (full time equivalent) jobs. It is now home to more than 50 businesses, generating an annual GVA impact of £21.4 million. Read the rest of this entry »
THE region’s first university technical college has been officially opened by royalty.
The Duke of Gloucester met students and staff during tour of the new UTC Sheffield on Matilda Street, where he unveiled a plaque.
The £9.9m facility, built by Wates Construction, opened its doors to more than 200 students last month, and specialises in training young people in the technical skills that employers need and where there are opportunities for business growth. Read the rest of this entry »
Social Media has grown incredibly over the past few years and after years of avoiding it, small businesses now realise that an understanding of social media; and a presence on at least one of the main platforms could bring huge business benefits.
NTI are offering a day long course (£15 funded price) that will kick off with a presentation on the current social media landscape and a discussion of your own social media thoughts, fears and challenges. This will act as the ‘you are here’ part of your social media learning process. The date is 5 November and the venue is Old Broadcasting House in Leeds. Read the rest of this entry »
As part of the Onlincolnshire Digital Business Cluster events, a small group of Lincolnshire businesses visited the www.timico.co.uk data centre in Newark. The purpose of the visit was to:
- Tour the state of the art data centre in Newark, one of several run by Timico across the UK
- Understand what the cloud offers and how all businesses can adopt cloud operations
- Examine the many business benefits of using the cloud
- Make the most of and save costs by using the latest phone technology – Voice over Internet Protocols (VoIP)
- Assess the importance of the changing landscape of online marketing and social media Read the rest of this entry »
The creative industries form one of the UK’s leading industrial sectors. Businesses ranging from advertising and crafts to performing arts and video games employ 1.4m people and contribute 5.3% of the country’s output (GVA).
The strength of this UK sector is recognised globally, and it is seen as one that can help push economic recovery. PwC has forecast a compound annual growth rate of 4.2% for the UK’s media and entertainment industry to 2016.
Exports of UK television programmes increased by 127% between 2006 and 2009, placing us second only to the US in international sales. Alongside the direct wealth they bring, creative businesses are a source of new ideas, knowledge and fresh thinking for the wider economy
The Technology Strategy Board (TSB) is a business-led non departmental government body set up to promote and support research into, develop and exploit technology for business. The latest TSB creative industries strategy for 2013-16 has been informed by a consultation process with the sector, industry bodies and an online survey between January and March 2013. Read the rest of this entry »