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Midlands town set for games jobs boost

The vibrant Leamington Spa Games Hub in Warwickshire is set to create 500 new game development jobs over the next two years, opening up huge opportunities for young people and graduates in the Midlands region and beyond.

Research carried out amongst local video games companies within the Leamington Spa area comes on the back of the publication of video games industry trade body Ukie’s Regional Impact Report, which has revealed Leamington Spa as one of the largest games hubs in the UK.

It lists eight towns and cities in the UK where the games industry generates over £60m in GVA – they are Leamington Spa, Edinburgh, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Crawley & Horsham, Manchester, Guildford, Slough & Heathrow and London.

Local experts claim that the 500 Leamington Spa jobs will include artists, designers, producers, programmers and engineers

Sarah Windrum, chair of the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership (CWLEP) Digital Creative Business Group, said:

Leamington Spa is representative of the ‘roots’ of the UK video games community, an industry that contributes around £2.8 billion in GVA to the UK economy.

The region boasts some of the ‘godfathers’ of the global games sector and it is testament to the talent and creativity of the area that we are continuing to attract businesses to the region –all keen to benefit from the buzz that Leamington Spa’s games circle has to offer.

The news is great for the region and the local community.

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