The Deputy Prime Minister was visiting on the day he announced that over 300 jobs will be created and protected in Leicester and Nottingham thanks to £5.77m funding for local companies from the Government’s Regional Growth Fund. He visited Nottingham to see how investment from Nottingham’s City Deal will be used to continue to grow and provide training and jobs for 16-24 year olds into the digital technology sector and to hear plans for development of the Creative Quarter.
The Deputy Prime Minister was welcomed to Antenna by Confetti Media Group Owner and MD Craig Chettle and was given a tour of the neighbouring Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies, a key city creative industries training and learning provider.
Craig Chettle said:
“ The Confetti Media Group offers young people real industry training, real opportunities and real jobs in the creative and digital sector. We aim to nurture them into a future that’s directly connected to the business of Britain. As such, we were delighted the Deputy Prime Minister was able to hear first-hand about their experiences and career ambitions and also hear how the opportunities created by City Deal investment will be so vital, both to their career success and to the economic growth of our city”.
The Deputy Prime Minister commented:
“The City Deal is giving more control over money to folk here in Nottingham - aiming to create 1,000 apprenticeships and 10,000 jobs across the city and help tackle youth unemployment. Places like Confetti are throwing their doors open, educating students and taking them on. The creative industry, as it is being practised here, puts Nottingham on the map and I am delighted that excellent things like this take place outside of London.”
Following the tour of Confetti Collage and Antenna, and its businesses, the Deputy Prime Minister had a private meeting with Ewan Lamont, the CEO of Antenna member business Legendary Games
Ewan Lamont said: " It was invigorating to meet an important minister who was genuinely interested in your business and wanted you to succeed. I thanked him for the recent industry tax break, for the support the Technology Strategy board has given Legendary Games and for the new Creative Quarter initiative and games apprenticeship scheme which should soon really start to help creative industries like Legendary Games as well provide valuable experience for the students."