Birmingham's Big Debate focuses on digital sector
Today sees the launch of The Big Debate which this year focuses on how the digital sector in the West Midlands can take a leading role in returning the UK economy to growth.
The event will take place on Monday November 2, at the ICC, and will bring together acclaimed speakers such as Charles Leadbeater, a leading authority on innovation and strategy and author of the book We-think, Toby Barnes of Digbeth-based cross-platform agency Mudlark and David Harris, executive creative director of direct marketing agency Wunderman.
The event will invite interaction from everyone attending through a series of brainstorming sessions and challenges which aim to produce a list of recommendations which will then be handed to government.
And over the next few weeks The Birmingham Post will be hosting a series of thought-provoking articles and debate on our website centred around the question: “Can the Midland’s Creative Industries Revolutionise the UK Economy?”
Birmingham Post editor Marc Reeves said: “The creative industries are a source of real potential for the West Midlands’ economy and the region is home to several exciting and innovative digital companies building international profiles in the sector.
“It is vital we keep up the momentum of the debate surrounding the Digital Britain report and thrash out how the region can best tap into the possibilities offered by the expanding digital economy. The Birmingham Post is at the forefront of this debate and over the next few weeks we will be encouraging all those involved in the sector to contribute their take on the subject both in the pages of the newspaper and in the dedicated blog on our website.”
The event is a collaboration between The Birmingham Post, the NEC Group and Birmingham City University, with support from Screen WM and Advantage West Midlands.
Joanna Birch, head of Corporate Relations for Birmingham City University, said: “The Big Debate provides an important outlet for influencers, opinion formers, practitioners and academics to work together to talk about issues of national significance with regional relevance.
“This year’s debate recognises the central role that the creative industries are playing in our regional economy and I believe this timely event will provide a useful set of outcomes that we can use to further stimulate this sector on the back of the Digital Britain agenda.” NEC Group chief executive Paul Thandi added: “I am encouraged by the progress that we have seen in The Big Debate, with the event continually going from strength to strength.
“With a diverse array of high profile speakers, the Big Debate provides an active forum for discussion of the important part that the West Midlands plays in a range of key national issues of the moment.
“With the focus this year on the creative industries, I am extremely pleased that The NEC Group is once again able to take an active role in supporting this unique event.”