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Date is announced for this year’s Creative Industries Showcase, as sector growth outperforms wider economy

 2 mins | By Gill Oliver
 | Comms | Media | Culture | Entertainment | Publishing | AI | Feb 18th 2020

Professionals from broadcasting, video games, special effects, music and publishing will come together in Oxford on June 10 for a creative industries showcase.

The event, hosted by Brookes University, will see businesses and entrepreneurs share ideas, projects and technology for the second year running.

Oxfordshire Creative Industries Showcase #2, organised by Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (OxLEP), will feature panel discussions, Q&A sessions and opportunities to network.

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Panellists at last year’s inaugural event included Jason Kingsley OBE, founder and chief executive of Oxford-based Rebellion, one of Europe’s largest independent video game developers.

The group, whose video game division has created hits such as the Sniper Elite and Aliens vs Predator series, opened a £75m film studio complex in Didcot last year.

The first Creative Industries Showcase attracted 300 delegates, who were offered drop-in business advice ‘surgeries’ with national organisations including Arts Council England, Creative England and the Creative Industries Federation.

Exhibitors last year included Novel Entertainments, the production company behind popular children’s TV and film series Horrid Henry, and visual effects (VFX) studio AudioMotion which provides motion capture for international movie and TV productions including the Harry Potter series, Iron Man, The Watchman, Ready Player One and A Monster Calls.

Rebellion’s Jason Kingsley at Creative Industries Showcase June 2019

The announcement of the date for Creative Industries Showcase #2 comes as newly published economic growth figures reveal the creative industries is the UK’s fastest-growing sector.

It increased by 7.4 per cent between 2017-2018. This is five times the rate of the economy overall, which managed just 1.4 per cent during the same period.

Creative industries is now worth £111.7bn a year and accounts for 5.8 per cent of the UK economy, according to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport in its most recent sector economic estimate, published earlier this month.

Oxfordshire’s creative and digital businesses contribute £1.4bn to the UK’s economy, making it one of the country’s key hubs for the sector.

The county is home to almost 4,000 creative and digital sector businesses, employing 22,000 people. It is the largest centre for publishing outside London.

Brookes University is investing £25m in a new centre to bring together its technology, engineering and creative courses and encourage cross-over projects. The new building on Headington Hill, due to launch next year, will include fine art, design, motion capture and recording studios and digital arts theatre. It will also house computing and robotics labs and automotive engineering workshops.


About the Author

Gill Oliver

Gill Oliver is a professionally trained journalist who’s written for The New Statesman, The Bureau for Investigative Journalism, The Daily Mail’s business section This is Money, The Press Association, The Huffington Post plus a host of national magazines, news agencies and trade and industry journals. She’s also spent nine years reporting on the Oxfordshire business and tech scene for The Oxford Times and The Oxford Mail.

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