Creative Industries contribute over £100 billion a year to the UK economy*, with Oxfordshire home to over 3,000 digital and creative businesses alone- a significant and dynamic force within the industry.



Ranging from world-leading publishers, nationally recognised arts and cultural bodies, cutting edge innovators in VR and immersive technologies, architects, designers, and ground-breaking gaming and software companies, the sector employs over 30,000 people across Oxfordshire, contributing over £1.4bn to the local economy.



Identified as a high growth cluster in the Creative Industries Sector Deal, the sector is central to Oxfordshire’s ambitious Local Industrial Strategy Trailblazer, which aims to position the region as one of the top three global innovation ecosystems by 2040, and which will be jointly launched with Government in the coming weeks.



OxLEP and Oxford Brookes University are working in collaboration with national partners including Creative England, Creative Industries Federation, Arts Council England and the Digital Catapult to bring Oxfordshire’s ‘world-class’ creative industries together in its first dedicated event in June 2019.



Innovators, entrepreneurs, national sector bodies, industry leaders and influencers, will all have the chance to convene and celebrate the extraordinary vibrancy and dynamism of the creative industries in Oxfordshire.



The event will include an exhibition of leading Oxfordshire creative and technology businesses, as well as a series of curated panel discussions involving industry leaders, which will be focusing on, “Harnessing new technologies to power innovation across the creative industries.


Speakers will include:


Stephen Johnstone- Managing Director, Mediapro Contenidos UK


Chris Burns- Head of Audio and Digital, BBC England


Alison Norrington- Founder, Storycentral


Jason Kingsley OBE- Co-founder and CEO, Rebellion


Further speakers will be announced shortly- visit the OxLEP website to keep up to the date with all the latest news and information, as well as guest blogs from industry experts who will be attending the event.


As well as plenty of time for networking with other creative businesses, there will also be the opportunity for delegates to access business support and advice from national sector bodies, who will be holding surgeries throughout the showcase.


Come along and join pioneering creatives, trailblazers from the tech sector and leaders from industry.


A full agenda will be released shortly.







Exhibition Ticket– £0


Access to the general exhibition space, where key Oxfordshire creative industries companies will be showcasing their specialisms and innovation, as well as business advice and surgeries from leading national sector bodies.



Panel Sessions and Evening Networking Reception– £10


In addition to the exhibition space, this also provides access to panel sessions in the Lecture Theatre, as well as the evening drinks Reception following the main event. Tickets are allocated on a first come, first served basis.



DISCLAIMER: This event is a not-for-profit event and the charges outlined are to cover event costs only.


*Figures published by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport


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