Wakefield-based headquarters for touring artists makes Yorkshires top 10 most talented in Creative Sector .....

29 May 2018

Production Park, the Wakefield-based headquarters for touring artists has made Yorkshires top 10 most talented and able young enterprises, as part of Creative England’s annual CE50 list of the 50, making the region a creative sector hotspot in the UK

The list includes games, technology, digital media and film businesses from across the region. Previous CE50 members have gone on to receive BAFTA nominations, opened international offices, revolutionised the way Western products are sold to the Chinese market and received the prestigious Nora Ephron prize at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Lee Brooks CEO at Production park, says “ We are very proud to have our home in Wakefield. Production Park houses everything for the live events industry on one site; enabling big ideas, big productions and big creations to be nurtured, developed and realised in one place so the sky is the limit!”

This year highlights the move towards technology and creativity merging, to create meaningful solutions to real-world problems, with many of the companies championing diversity, and giving a platform to unheard voices.

The list is hand-picked by Creative England, which champions and supports the creative sector outside of London.

Caroline Norbury, chief executive of Creative England, says: “Previously Yorkshire had an industrial sector which was based on big employers. This list are includes firms which are much smaller scale but are reaching out globally.

Ms Norbury added that she hoped that larger companies, particularly banks, funds and financiers, would increasingly back creative companies with capital, saying they are the industries of the future.

The UK’s creative sector is worth £92bn according to the Department for Digital, Media, Culture and Sport and as many as 90 per cent of creative firms say they struggle to access finance.