M-SParc and Creative North Wales drive digital-creative industry forwards.

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M-SParc is working in partnerships with Creative North Wales; a group which gives a voice to the digital-creative industry, enabling opportunities to develop a growth sector and demonstrating that science and creativity are both sides of the same coin.

The network spans the width and breadth of north Wales, including the six local authorities across the region, government, industry, and further and higher education. The sector supports over 7,200 jobs in North Wales and grew by 7.9% nationally in 2019. M-SParc will work with Creative North Wales to deliver events, networking and collaboration opportunities, and sharing updates and opportunities from the sector with its members.

The digital-creative sector is a growing sector in the region, and M-SParc is right in the centre. Pryderi ap Rhisiart, Managing Director of M-SParc, said “The UK's Creative Industries contributes almost £13 million to the UK economy every hour, and is certainly an area we as M-SParc want to see develop, not least because of the high-value career opportunities we see emerging.

We’re increasingly seeing that the digi-sector crosses over into many areas, from energy to healthcare and agriculture, and of course the creative sector. This is about more than just ‘the arts’; the creative-digital sector focuses on innovation and development ranging from digital platforms to online resources, and requiring skills from coding and programming to marketing. We know that these skills are being developed in the region, and we want to ensure the career opportunities are there to meet this demand.”

Creative North Wales has been growing steadily over the years, and with M-SParc’s help has gained new members over the past few months. Exciting events have already taken place, with a panel event held in February focussing on how industry has responded quickly and effectively to the ‘new normal’! This included a sneak peek of S4C's new news app and how the Eisteddfod was redevised from the traditional physical festival to a successful virtual event - which will be even bigger this year!

There was also the opportunity to learn more about developments of the future skills need, with future skills becoming a clear topic of discussion throughout the event.

The next event will focus on gaming – a clear marriage of design and digital skills – and topics will range from protecting the IP of new developments, to the skills required and courses available in the region.

Garffild Lloyd Lewis is the chair of Creative North Wales. He explains: “This is one of the fastest growing sectors in Wales, supporting over 10,000 jobs. The region has been home to so many creative people over the years. This culture remains strong in the area, we need only look at the number of media and creative companies located here on our doorstep. There’s been a huge increase in the use of digital technology within this sector over recent years, so we’re excited to see how we can make the most of this here in north Wales.”

“Working with M-SParc allows us to bring together the creative and the digital in one place. There’s an understanding here that technology and science can facilitate our creativity and be a real platform for the sector.”

Over the next year, M-SParc will continue to work with the group to develop its reach further, and to continue growing this multi-million pound industry in north Wales.

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