We maximise Liverpool City Region’s (LCR) exceptional array of nationally and internationally significant Digital & Creative assets and businesses with a collaborative approach in order to drive growth for digital & creative businesses and across other sectors. 0 Businesses 0 GVA 0 People Employed Liverpool City Region has a scaleup ecosystem with 144% increase in digital business births from 2011 to 2016 (TechNation Report 2018 NB. this does not include Wirral so the actual figure is at least 20% higher ) BIMA Presents – Liverpool’s Digital and Creative Community from BIMA on Vimeo. A private sector-led Digital & Creative board sets priorities, advocates and oversees the delivery of key initiatives to drive, promote, and accelerate the growth, productivity and competitiveness of the sector across LCR, and in the wider national and international context. Significant recent investments in the sector include: £5 million LCR Activate digital/ creative sector accelerator project launched in 2017 £15 million Sensor City one of the world’s only incubators dedicated to the development and application of sensor and IoT technologies, opened 2017 £50 million transformation of former Littlewoods building into one of the largest film studios in the UK to open in 2020 One of only 6 initial UK 5G testbeds Cains Brewery ‘Giga Village’ launched 2018 Materials Innovation Factory – computer-aided materials science & discovery opened in 2017. STFC Hartree Centre at SciTech Daresbury houses the most powerful supercomputer in the UK dedicated to industrial R&D and is at the forefront of creating the next generation of data-intensive science and big data systems transforming industry. This is co-located with IBM Research, which invested £200 million into the site and has an ever-growing presence involving the deployment of its Watson cognitive computing platform e.g. in partnership with Alder Hey to create the UK’s first ‘living hospital’. LCR has an active e-health cluster and the largest scale deployment of health technology for a single economy in Europe (EU Commission). AIMES ultra secure N3 data storage facility is housed at Wavertree Technology Campus. The city region has strengths across the creative industries particularly in games development, film and video, TV, music, and design with FACT being one of the UK’s leading media arts centres. Specific clusters have emerged in the Baltic Triangle – voted the coolest place to live in the UK by the Times in 2017, Knowledge Quarter Liverpool and Sci-Tech Daresbury. New developments at Ten Streets and the Fabric District are underway to house the burgeoning sector. Businesses are supported by networks and events including BIMA’s immersive community, Liverpool Girls Geeks and Creative Kitchen. Industry-led skills initiatives, namely Agent Academy, Innovate Her and Catalyst, are addressing some of the skills gaps in the sector. The Studio offers dedicated digital media skills as an alternative to mainstream education. Meanwhile work is underway to make the LCR the most digitally inclusive place in the UK via a Digital Inclusion Trailblazer programme. In tandem major plans are being developed to create a full fibre network to interconnect all parts of the city region and key assets, for the purpose of unlocking transformational growth opportunities, as one of the Metro Mayor’s twin signature ambitions.