NorthernNET Access Bureau: Application Form

Sep 30, 2008 | Publisher: NWDA | Category: Other |  

NorthernNET Access Bureau: Application Form OVERVIEW In order to support the continuing growth of the Digital and Creative Industries sector in the North of England, and to exploit the opportunities arising from the development of MediaCityUK, the Northern Way partnership is working together to identify existing clusters of digital, creative & ICT businesses and connect them through the high-speed NorthernNET network. To stimulate the use of NorthernNET, and to demonstrate the value of next generation networks, the partnership is funding the initial set-up of a number of “Access Bureaux”, at selected locations in the region which already provide supportive environments, through existing funding streams and agreements, for innovation and collaboration by digital and creative businesses, freelancers, social enterprises, students, graduates and staff of HE/FE institutions. In addition to three sites already identified in the Northwest region (at Liverpool Innovation Park, Daresbury and MediaCityUK), NWDA seeks to identify a further five locations, in which to establish Access Bureaux under the current phase of funding, and is inviting applications from appropriate public and not-for-profit organisations in the region to host and operate these. BACKGROUND – THE NORTHERN WAY The Northern Way is a unique initiative, bringing together the cities and regions of the North of England to work together to improve the economy of the North and bridge the economic gap between the North & South of the UK. Formed as a partnership between the three northern Regional Development Agencies (Yorkshire Forward, Northwest Regional Development Agency and One NorthEast), the Northern Way works with local authorities, universities, the private sector partners in the goal to increase regional productivity, levels of innovation, skills levels and creating business opportunities for the North’s population. WHAT IS NorthernNET? A key strategic aim of MediaCityUK is to spread the impact and benefit across the North of England, helping to grow and develop the Digital & Creative sector. Through the use of high speed next generation fibre-optics, NorthernNET will connect a network of Digital and Creative Industrial clusters across the North with MediaCityUK at its heart. WorkfileContents.doc Page 1 of 9 undefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefined


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