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Opportunities for creative businesses and freelancers: have your say on the Local Industrial Strategy

The West Midlands’ creative sector is poised to benefit from a period of strong growth, with more contracts and new jobs on the horizon. This is the promise of the region’s Local Industrial Strategy, which has identified a range of opportunities that will directly benefit those working or seeking a career in the creative industry.

Local businesses will benefit from a growing games industry in the region, with emerging opportunities in virtual reality and augmented reality applications. There are also significant prospects for our creative companies in digital manufacturing and healthcare, immersive performance, and screen innovation.

It is also a golden age for streaming high-end drama content, with the likes of Netflix media service investing billions on production each year. There is a significant opportunity for more production services, facilities, locations and crews within the West Midlands.

Building on our emerging creative talent is vital. Plans are being discussed to launch a region-wide Creative Talent Platform that will discover, develop and provide opportunities for diverse talent through competitions and master classes, unconnected to formal education.

Overall, our strong and diverse creative sector has much to offer. Local capabilities around design innovation can drive growth across all of its high-growth sectors – from manufacturing to business, financial and professional services (BPFS).

So, how can we maximise all these benefits and opportunities? Our Creative Industries Sector Plan aims to create the right conditions for companies to thrive – by providing affordable workspaces, specialist business support, funding provision, and access to an effective skills and talent pipeline.
But we need your help. Have we got our plans right?

Consultation document

Please read this document before submitting your comments and suggestions.
West Midlands Creative Industries Sector Plan.

Have Your Say

The deadline for written feedback is Thursday, 15 November, 2018.
Please send your comments and suggestions to:

An industry workshop is occurring on 22nd November 2018 to discuss future plans, if you would like to attend the workshop please click here.

Further information

If you would like more information, please contact David Furmage, Creative Industries & Cultural Lead at GBSLEP:

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This document is part of the wider West Midlands Combined Authority’s consultation on the Industrial Strategy in conjunction with Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP), Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership, and Black Country Consortium. It contains a four page executive summary of the plan and a more detailed version in the appendix: West Midlands Industrial Strategy consultation document