Wolverhampton: the creative capital
Wolverhampton is home to 480 creative and digital companies, employing 3,500 people. Indeed, the city is home to the Express & Star - the biggest-selling regional evening newspaper in Britain.
Our Science Park alone hosts over 100 enterprises, specialising in fields as diverse as software development, environmental management, photography and videography, graphics, website design, water technology, biocidal coatings, healthcare and business support services.
We also have no shortage of talent. The University of Wolverhampton School of Art and Design works with creative industries to develop bright young minds. Its graduates join the many successful companies already operating in the sector, or launch their own enterprises in the city with the help of SPEED Plus, the University’s graduate start-up programme.
The City of Wolverhampton College creative industries offer has been awarded Arts Mark Gold status by Arts Council England for their courses and their links with employers.
When it comes to physical - and digital - infrastructure, Wolverhampton has all it takes to help creative and digital industries grow.
Alongside the SPARK Business Incubation Centre at Wolverhampton Science Park, the city centre houses a number of flexible workspaces popular with creative industries. Among them is the wonderfully restored Chubb Building - also home to the Lighthouse Media Centre - while there are advanced plans for a new central creative industries’ hub.
The University of Wolverhampton has also secured funding for a new Science, Technology and Prototype Centre on Wolverhampton Science Park, focusing on Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Industries. This £10 million centre will provide high quality managed office space and laboratory/testing space for prototype and research and development activity.
The city’s also committed to extending reliable, scaleable superfast broadband to over 98% of the city in the next three years.
The University of Wolverhampton’s Creative Enterprise offer gives you the benefit of specialist knowledge and technical skills, along with access to state-of-the-art facilities.
These include the latest technologies in creative industries experimentation and production for screen-based media, visual communication, applied arts, fashion, product and interior design as well as commercial photography.
The University’s new Science, Technology and Prototype Centre promises to enhance the capacity of businesses to innovate - and exploit new opportunities.