Coventry and Warwickshire have a vibrant digital and creative sector, focusing on design, software development, gaming, filmmaking, theatre, and digital infrastructure.
Within recent years we have seen an explosion of growth within these industries and locally in Warwickshire we are well known for some of our long-established business names and the innovative products they produce. From the Stanley Knife to Sonic the Hedgehog or the Jaguar F-Type to Hamlet we have a long history of creating global brands and a future set to continue this.
In particular, Warwickshire is known for our globally significant video game development cluster which is one of the largest in the UK. The ‘Silicon Spa’ cluster employs over 1,200 highly skilled people, equating to over 10% of the UK's total in games development.
Based on this success and the talented pool of local people the area now attracts a wide range of other digital creatives to capitalise on the rich pool of skills which have established themselves within the region.
Warwickshire benefits from the close proximity to two renowned universities, Coventry University and the University of Warwick. Each establishment offers their own expertise in research and development in the digital Industries and works hard to ensure local businesses are part of their work.
The Serious Games Institute, located at Coventry University, is an International Centre for Excellence in Serious Games such as applied research, business engagement and study. Its aim is to enable and facilitate the growth of serious games, the virtual world and related industries. The creation of the Institute originated from the regional strength in the global electronic games’ market through local companies and pioneering work in the application of electronic games to serious business applications. Serious games involve the use of electronic games technologies and methodologies for primary purposes other than entertainment, including e-learning, simulation, social networking and opinion-shaping.
The University of Warwick has international centres of excellence in all departments relating to ITC and software and is ranked sixth globally for their computer science courses. The university is also home to the International Institute for Product and Service Innovation (IIPSI) which provides an accessible centre of innovation and excellence in digital technologies to serve a range of business sectors.
Situated in the centre of the UK, Coventry and Warwickshire is an enviable location for any business to be located. Being at the heart of Britain’s transport network provides links to road and rail that the rest of the UK strives for.
Only one hour from London (via rail links), with running costs which compare favourably with London and the South East and a choice of quality office environments in both urban and rural settings, makes the area an ideal location to establish your business base. Coupled with an exceptionally strong pool of talent, a lively creative community and innovative college and university courses ensuring a pipeline of talent, it wouldn’t make sense to be anywhere else.
Firms located in Warwickshire or in the wider sub-region with involvement in this sector include: