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SMWi Bristol round table

Published on Monday, 21st November 2016

Kicking off last week's hugely successful Social Media Week Bristol was a roundtable of invited guests from across both public and private sectors to discuss the state of the city's creative industries.  The debate, chaired by Christian Annesley, director, Annesley Media discussed how Bristol’s creative and hi-tech industries are thriving but lack diversity and need to draw in fresh talent engaging better with young people and embracing opportunities like apprenticeships.  The group also debated the question of the city's status as a creative hub and how it might be viewed by those outside the city.

Around the table were Susie Weaver, senior principal, Cabot Learning Federation and principal, Walls Court Farm Academy, Adrienne Noonan, director of enterprise, University of the West of England, Sara Bird, associate head of department – undergraduate marketing, events and tourism, University of the West of England, Fraser Bradshaw, chief executive, Bristol Media and managing director, saintnicks, Lucy McKerron, account director, Synergy Creative, Alistair Bryan, director, Solverboard, Matt Hardy, joint MD, The Real Adventure Unlimited, Dominic Mills, chief technology officer, Zone, Giles Phelp, MD, Spectrum Internet, Nick Dean, managing director, Ad-Lib, Poku Pipim Osei, programme director, Babbasa, Adam Powell, director of skills, West of England LEP, Nicky Williams, creative, digital and hi-tech skills adviser, Business West, Ben Shorrock, managing director, TechSPARK and product development manager, Invest Bristol & Bath, Fiona Francombe, site director, Bottle Yard Studios, Lhosa Daly, Institute of Directors & deputy director, Spike Island

You can download a full transcript of the roundtable here.

If you are interested in getting involved with further discussions as to how Bristol Media in partnership with other organisations across the city can help bridge the gap between industry and education, or in becoming a mentor to a young person wanting to work in our sector please email