December’s Creative and digital round-up

Helping you to find the funding, support and skills that will benefit you, here’s our round-up of the latest digital and creative sector news from across the Liverpool City Region.

But first, a message from our Sector Skills Champion, Enda Carey: “As another year comes to an end, one in which Liverpool and the wider city region, has showcased its incredible array of digital and creative talent on the world stage, I’m looking forward to 2024 with excitement and the sharing the incredible opportunities it will bring with our students.”


Schools benefitting from LCR Connect

First up, over 350 businesses and schools across the Liverpool City Region are benefitting from LCR Connect, including right here in the Baltic Triangle.

A flagship project on behalf of Mayor Steve Rotheram, ITS Technology Group and NGE, LCR Connect aims is to make the Liverpool City Region the most digitally connected region in the country.

Installation of the 214km, part-publicly-owned ultrafast gigabit-capable full-fibre network, is set to be finished by the end of the year and is designed to significantly improve connectivity.

Steve Rotheram, Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, said, “In an increasingly digital world, LCR Connect is helping to attract new jobs and investment into the region and, best of all, its half owned by us.”


Gamechangers sessions back by popular demand

Back by popular demand GameChangers is once again bringing together developers, educators and industry organisations to help the next generation of video game creators in find the right opportunities and career pathways available.

Taking place in December, sessions are aimed at parents and carers, as well as teachers and career leaders, with the online events delivered by All About Futures/All About STEM on behalf of the Liverpool City Region Careers Hub, a part of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority.

“Join our GameChangers to hear from local games employers and education providers in the Liverpool City Region, find out about pathways into exciting gaming careers and the opportunities right on our doorstep!”


New grants for rising star developers

Creative developers and start-up studios in the UK can now bid for part of a multi-million-pound government funded scheme to turn their new video game ideas into market leaders.

Called the Content Fund, and with £5 million available over the next 18 months to get games ready to release, the expanded fund aims to also help attract even more private investment into the industry.

Alongside this, and as part of a wider plan to maximise the potential of the creative industries by 2030, UKGF will also continue awarding grants of up to £30,000 to young video game developers and early-stage studios to turn their drawing board ideas into working prototype games and showcase them to investors.

So, if you think your latest idea has the potential to become the next Grand Theft Auto or Tomb Raider take a look!


Check out System C

Finally, if you are looking to specialise in health and social care technology then check out System C.

The British tech company has recently opened a brand-new office suite at Princes Dock, providing a central hub for customers and staff.  Already working with many NHS Trusts and local authorities in the region, the company is now hoping their leading location will also attract the very best in Liverpool talent.

Nick Wilson, CEO of System C, said: “With a significant customer base in the Northwest, and the Liverpool City Region in particular, we will be actively recruiting into our Liverpool office to leverage the exceptional digital talent that is now accessible to us.”