St Helens is benefiting from its close proximity to the digital powerhouses of Liverpool and Manchester – and as part of the Liverpool City Region has a combined digital GVA worth £359 million.
Government has named the ‘Digital and Creative Industries’ as one of six priority growth sectors. And the creative economy and creative industries are certainly set to become an important contributor to the St Helens economy.
The digital and creative agencies that are based in St Helens tell us that one of the drivers to be here is the fact that they are equal distance from the two major digital centres of Liverpool and Manchester, yet they benefit from low overheads, cheaper office rent, giving them a competitive advantage. The increasing number of digital companies in the borough also offers the best of both worlds as there is no shortage of digital agencies on the doorstep to collaborate and partner with.
St Helens College offers excellent art and design and design technology courses up to degree level, and the recent investment in local further education providers such as St Helens College and Edge Hill University means that there are sources of new creative talent on our doorstep.
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