Media, broadband and creative industries

Northern Stars winners at No 10

Following LivingLens success in the Northern Stars start-up competition, the firm’s CEO and co-founder Carl Wong visited London to pitch to investors, network with other tech firms and meet the National Technology Adviser at Number 10 Downing Street. Government supportOur day began with a visit to 10 Downing Street and a talk with Liam Maxwell,…

Building a Creative Economy for all

Helen Warren

, January 13, 2017 — Culture

Head of Creative Industries at DCMS

Today I spoke to the Westminster Media Forum in Manchester about harnessing the creative economy in the North of England. What I said in my speech is that to do this, we need to join up creative activity across the North of England and indeed the whole of the UK.After all, collaborating and connecting is…

Future Worlds brings best of British startups to #CES2017

Reuben Wilcock

, January 7, 2017 — Media, broadband and creative industries

Director of Future Worlds, University of Southampton

I’m writing this perched on a crowded sofa in Las Vegas watching over the Future Worlds incubator stand at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show (CES). As a serial entrepreneur, I launched Future Worlds in December 2015 at the University of Southampton to help aspiring innovators change the world with their ideas. Ever envious of US…

Celebrating a successful year for British music in a global market

Chris Green

, January 6, 2017 — Media, broadband and creative industries

BPI Director of Research

The latest Official Charts Company data released by the BPI – the UK record labels’ association that promotes British music – gives a number of good reasons to be optimistic about the future of the British music industry. Music has been widely acknowledged to have been the canary in the coalmine of digital disruption, having…

#NorthernStars

Richard Potter

, November 17, 2016 — Media, broadband and creative industries

Director at Peak

Last year, we applied to Tech North’s Northern Stars competition with an aim to accelerate our business growth. Northern Stars is a pitch competition that seeks to identify and showcase the best tech startups in the North of England. We hoped the competition would raise awareness of our company and grow our business network. Everything…

UK Games Fund: Round 3

Paul Durrant

, November 1, 2016 — Media, broadband and creative industries

Director of UK Games Talent and Finance CIC

At UK Games Talent and Finance Community Interest Company we’ve been busy supporting a UK-wide community of independent games developers. With the UK Government funding announced last October we’ve established the UK Games Fund and the Tranzfuser graduate talent competition.The UK Games Fund has proved phenomenally popular with over 350 applications from games development teams…

How digital is making culture local

Matt Hancock

, October 24, 2016 — Culture

Minister of State for Digital and Culture

How can cultural organisations use digital technology to increase access, interest and excellence in the arts?That is the question I posed to industry leaders in Manchester at the national What Next? Conference. One week on, and I have been struck by the number of tweets and emails I’ve received with examples of innovative cultural and…

#NoNuisance: Making directors pay

Matt Hancock

, October 23, 2016 — Media, broadband and creative industries

Minister of State for Digital and Culture

From early next year we are introducing a new measure which will see company directors held personally responsible for nuisance calls. If they let their employees break the rules then we call that their fault. They’ll now be facing personal fines of up to £500,000 – and that’s on top of any fines against the…

Championing digital inclusion

Matt Hancock

, October 12, 2016 — Media, broadband and creative industries

Minister of State for Digital and Culture

Today I chaired my first meeting of a council determined to make sure everyone in the country can thrive in the digital age. The Council for Digital Inclusion brings together leaders from business, charities and central and local government to help us build an inclusive – and digitally empowered – nation. It is the latest…

Digital citizens of the future

Ian Livingstone

, October 6, 2016 — Media, broadband and creative industries

Chairman of Sumo-Digital

In a world being transformed by the speed of technological change – from the way we conduct business to how we make transactions or entertain ourselves – digital citizenship requires us to be in the driver’s seat rather than the passenger seat of technology.In today’s digital economy, being able to navigate the Internet and use digital technology should be…