York digital jobs boom

Tracey Smith, of York Science Park, presents the 2012 award to Ryan Atkins, Anthony Main and Anne-Marie Daniels, of The Distance.

Tracey Smith, of York Science Park, presents the 2012 award to Ryan Atkins, Anthony Main and Anne-Marie Daniels, of The Distance.

First published in Business news York Press: Photograph of the Author by

THE creative and digital economy in York has shown strong growth, according to new figures.

Data from the Business Register and Employment Survey show rapid growth in the sector in the city which has seen 18.4 per cent growth between 2011 and 2012, more than five times the national average over the same period which was 3.2 per cent. This growth helped to create 580 new jobs in the city.

Statistics also showed the fastest growing subsectors in the city have been in software publishing, computer programming, computer consultancy, advertising agencies and media representation.

Coun James Alexander, leader of City of York Council, said: “These statistics further demonstrate York’s growth as a city and the creative opportunities that are available for businesses. It is pleasing to see the partnership work with businesses, Science City York and the universities demonstrating a real impact on jobs in the city.

“This is a great foundation to build on, and we are constantly striving to improve and capitalise on this growth. An example of this is our bid to become an UNESCO Media Arts City as well as the development of a digital media arts centre in York further highlighting our ambition.”

The Distance, based on the University of York campus, is a creative digital agency specialising in e-commerce, mobile applications and digital marketing.

The company won the New Business of the Year award at The Press Business Awards in 2012..

Anthony Main, co-founder, said: “Having our office within the university campus has been beneficial from the outset. It has provided us with the opportunity to interact with a wealth of other small businesses and projects.

“In order to encourage growth into the emerging mobile industry, we are coordinating with the university’s careers department to run an app challenge event.”

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5:07pm Fri 31 Jan 14

Rocking Horse says...

Ah ha, the Media City York bid backed by NESTA, who paid for Kersten England's trip to Seoul (South Korea) in November 2011 when the last bid failed.

Just been reading some interesting books by NESTA's chief executive, Geoff Mulgan.....

'The Other Invisible Hand : Remaking Charity for the 21st Century'
This is all about using charities for different purposes.
A clue to what this was all about was an article (in 2007) where the shadow tory Charities Minister challenged Ed Miliband who had produced a paper saying it should be acceptable and legal for charities to get involved politically - the minister said the implications were 'sinister' ?!!!

Another Mulgan book is 'The Locust and the Bee' - this is about predation and creation - the brutal, violent, war-like, predatory and destructive side of society (Capitalism), versus the creative side of society (in a word marxism)

Mr Mulgan is the co-founder of DEMOS, a marxist think tank, where the founder of Common Purpose, Julia Middleton was a trustee and member of it's Advisory Council.

As they say, all roads lead to NESTA !
Ah ha, the Media City York bid backed by NESTA, who paid for Kersten England's trip to Seoul (South Korea) in November 2011 when the last bid failed. Just been reading some interesting books by NESTA's chief executive, Geoff Mulgan..... 'The Other Invisible Hand : Remaking Charity for the 21st Century' This is all about using charities for different purposes. A clue to what this was all about was an article (in 2007) where the shadow tory Charities Minister challenged Ed Miliband who had produced a paper saying it should be acceptable and legal for charities to get involved politically - the minister said the implications were 'sinister' ?!!! Another Mulgan book is 'The Locust and the Bee' - this is about predation and creation - the brutal, violent, war-like, predatory and destructive side of society (Capitalism), versus the creative side of society (in a word marxism) Mr Mulgan is the co-founder of DEMOS, a marxist think tank, where the founder of Common Purpose, Julia Middleton was a trustee and member of it's Advisory Council. As they say, all roads lead to NESTA ! Rocking Horse
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