Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire has fast-growing digital and creative industries, fuelled by outstanding local talent and a vibrant, diverse business environment. From TV production to software development, this is the perfect location for companies seeking dynamic growth.
The area is an established centre for companies providing software development across many applications, with particular strengths in the energy, medical and entertainment sectors. Keele-based Koko Digital is an award-winning developer that has produced hit games such as James Bond: Skyfall for Sony Pictures and social media games for BBC’s Top Gear; while Stoke-on-Trent’s Junction 15 has been recognised in a host of awards including an Emmy for its work on the Beijing Olympics Games.
Staffordshire University is a major centre for film and animation. Courses include Digital Film and 3D Animation Technology; CGI and Digital Effects; 3D Computer Games Design; and Post Production Technology. Staffordshire University offers the Raindance Post graduate Film Degree in collaboration with the Independent Film Trust. Graduates from the university have been part of the BAFTA and Oscar winning teams for work on the films “Inception” and “Avatar”; and in the Santander television advert.
The presence of outstanding graduate talent from both Staffordshire and Keele Universities and the relocation of BBC departments to MediaCityUK in nearby Salford Quays has dramatically enhanced the development of the film and video production industry in the area.
"Staffordshire University has television and sound studios, post-production and production rooms, a broadcast newsroom and radio studios. It is well known within the industry that the University has a proven track record of producing skilled graduates ready to meet the challenges that TV production requires."− Darren Teale, Creative Director, Junction 15