September has been a busy month on the tech and digital front for Liverpool City Region, which has seen 80% of the firms in the Tech Climber list raising their funding. This means that the tech industry in our city is growing, and this could mean more opportunities in the future.
The City Region’s Music Office has launched too, carrying £1.6m of funding to progress our local music sector – which is beyond exciting. As well as this, LJMU Screen School has designed CPD Modules with Agent Academy, to retrain people to work in digital media.
The Women in Innovation Awards 2022/23 will be taking place soon, for women entrepreneurs with exciting ideas that inspire others; the winners will take home a £50,000 grant! And the annual Culture and Creativity Awards are also open for nominations, as Mayor Steve Rotheram calls for the best creative talent to come forward. This year, they will be accepting nominations from technology, innovation, and science.
Liverpool is the most-filmed city outside London. Our latest export is set to be The Family Pile, a brand new ITV prime-time comedy set in Liverpool, from Hat Trick Productions – the team behind Derry Girls and Stuck. It tells the story of four sisters who have lost their parents and are packing up the family home to sell and stars Amanda Abbington (Sherlock, Mr Selfridge), Clare Calbraith (Downton Abbey), Claire Keelan (Nathan Barley), and Alexandra Mardell (Coronation Street). Kieran O’Brien, Richard Pepple and James Nelson-Joyce round up the cast.
Filmed across Liverpool City Region, the now-empty Pensby High School for Boys in Wirral became a full-size family home interior set and other locations included exteriors in Crosby and Bebington.
Enda Carey, Sector Skills Champion at The Studio, Liverpool says: “It’s great to see Liverpool City Region’s creative and digital sector thriving, creating so many opportunities for our students – both while they’re with us, and when we leave. Creative and digital are one of the UK’s most popular exports, and we’re lucky to live in a region that has so much to get involved with.”
There are plenty of opportunities you can personally get involved with too, so we’ve compiled a list of what’s currently going on in the city’s digital, creative and tech world.
Access the Space Sector
The future of the space industry, Space Specialists, are holding Space Connections every Wednesday where individuals and businesses can chat to the team about how to access the space sector. Curious minds can pop down to Daresbury to create links, applications, and capabilities. Find out more here [ https://www.sci-techdaresbury.com/the-future-is-now/ ]
FinTech x Gamification
Did you know that many revolutionary technologies in FinTech (crypto, integrated payments), came from the gaming world? Liverpool City Region is home to a wealth of innovative creative and gaming companies, and this event in October is shining the spotlight on them. Find out more here…
Become a creative entrepreneur
Have you ever wanted to sell art online? Create your own exhibition? Or start a creative business? This programme of workshops by Make CIC, in partnership with Baltic Creative, will let you know it all. Led by local creatives and businesses, they’re breaking barriers and helping individuals learn about running a creative enterprise. Sessions will run locally on Jamaica Street. You can find out more on the Baltic Creative website.