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Board strengthens for key sector

One of the key growth industries across the Liverpool City Region (LCR) is the Digital and Creative Sector – with an array of successful national and international businesses.

The region is home to a thriving and growing hub of digital, innovative and tech companies in the LCR, many working alongside and helping other growth industries such as health & life-sciences, education and manufacturing.

Developed by the LCR Local Enterprise Partnership to drive this industry forward, is the private sector-led Digital and Creative Board, responsible for providing strategic advice and guidance. Achievements already include shaping sector specific business support with the current offer being the Gather programme – a community hub for the industry. Also, the development of a digital strategy, a soon to be launched tech accelerator and seed fund, and the board are proactive with events and communications to showcase the sector and share opportunities.

The board have recently recruited a number of new members. They are:

  • Enda Carey, Sector Skills Champion at Studio School – a specialist school for 14 – 19 year-olds focused on creative and digital technologies.
  • Zoe Gill, VP, Consulting Services, CGI – a Canadian owned digital transformation company working with the public sector that opened an office in Liverpool in 2020.
  • Victoria Rodgers, Chief People Officer, Universally Speaking – an inward investee company servicing the global games market.
  • Peter Denby, Co- founder, Hyper Group – a data analytics company working in the retail space.

Zoe said: “As a born and bred local, it gives me an amazing sense of pride to be able to work alongside the Digital and Creative Board to help create change for those living and working within the city region. I am really excited to work with existing members to understand the strategic aims and use my own experience and contacts to help get involved and drive forward.”

Enda said: “I am really honoured and excited to join the Digital and Creative board for the city region. Working across the city for over 20 years within the games and technology industries I am still inspired by the amazing work going on here as well as the passion and openness of the community to collaborate and work together.

“Now working within the education sector I am focussed on helping the next generation of talent flourish and I am joining the board to make sure that the those coming through are ready for the 21st century workforce in Liverpool and beyond.”

Deputy Chair of the LCR Local Enterprise Partnership and co-chair of the Digital & Creative board, Paul Corcoran, commented: “Working collaboratively and in partnership to achieve great things has never been more important.

“As such, we were overwhelmed by the board recruitment response which epitomised the commitment and dedication so many of our business leaders have for helping shape, support, develop and champion the creative and digital sector here in LCR.

“We’re also thrilled to have new, ambitious, growing firms to our region represented and look forward to drawing on their extensive knowledge, networks and experience to further improve the conditions for growth that our ecosystem needs to truly flourish.”