Every year Creative England announces the 50 most exciting, innovative and disruptive individuals and companies across England, working in the fields of games, TV, film and digital media – and we are excited to reveal that this year Slurpy Studios have made the list!
Minister for Digital and the Creative Industries, Margot James, said:
Our creative industries are an economic and cultural powerhouse enjoyed by millions around the world and it is great to see the innovative and creative talent on this list. We are working closely with industry to make sure this upward trajectory continues as we build a Britain fit for the future.
The CE50 was announced at the annual event Creative England Live, which took place on the 24th May 2018 at Facebook’s HQ in London. The event was full of inspiring keynotes from policy makers, tech demos and panel discussions, including: Georgie Barrat (The Gadget Show), Lemn Sissay MBE, an ‘in-conversation’ with Sir Peter Bazalgette, and an ‘Investing in Creativity’ panel. Aside from the fanstastic speakers, the event’s main aim is to bring people together and spark new collaborations. Slurpy was one of two Hertfordshire-based companies; the other being Interactive Imagination, who create interactive exhibits across VR, touch-screen and mechatronic interactions.
Chief Executive of Creative England, Caroline Norbury (MBE), added:
The creative sectors are a cornerstone of the UK’s economy and key to driving future growth and prosperity. They are worth £92bn in GVA and are outgrowing the wider economy by twice the rate. They employ 2m people and make over £21bn in service exports. Those exceptional statistics are being driven by the talented creative minds like those included in this year’s CE50 – those who continue to look at new ways of doing things, whether that’s bringing fresh ideas and perspective into the craft of storytelling, designing platforms that adopt the latest technologies, or creating new ways for us to interact with each other, the world and our environment.
Away from CE50, Creative England’s remit is to ‘cultivate the TV, film, games and digital industries so they continue to flourish’. They fund, connect, mentor, advocate, and collaborate at all levels of the industry – from small independents to large internationals – creating the right conditions for success. You can follow Creative England on Twitter at @creativeengland #CE502018