Spotlight on city's Creative, Digital and IT sector

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Cognitiv, a new industry group established to place the spotlight firmly on Wakefield’s creative, digital and IT sector, will officially launch at The Hepworth Wakefield on Wednesday 2nd April.

Acknowledging the crucial role that these industries play in Wakefield’s growth and future prosperity, Cognitiv aims to become the voice for the sector, bringing people together to share ideas, develop partnerships and build better business opportunities. 

Cognitiv will also promote the best of the districts thriving creative, digital and IT talent to the wider community and represent members when addressing market challenges. 

The member-led organisation will host a range of events throughout the year, bringing some of the UK’s leading experts to the city. Those involved will benefit from bi-monthly gatherings along with a website that will offer a range of features including a jobs board and directory.

Dan Conboy, Founding Member of Cognitiv, comments:  
“Wakefield has a strong and vibrant creative, digital and IT sector. We want to champion this and create stronger opportunities for businesses to work in partnership, whilst also representing our members in relation to industry wide issues.

Cognitiv will help us to attract and retain the best talent, giving us the opportunity to work with education and skills providers to ensure that our young people are equipped with the right experience for these growing sectors. 

Ultimately we want to shout about the experience and expertise of the many organisations that sit within these industries. With such a wealth of market leading professionals already here in the district, we want to ensure that Wakefield is recognised for the calibre of its creative, digital and IT sector.”

The Wakefield District has over 560 businesses and employs 2900 people within the Creative, Digital and IT sector. Latest forecasts from the Regional Economic Model suggest that this sector could grow by 14% (GVA terms) over the next five years signalling significant opportunity for businesses operating within these industries*.

To book a free place at the launch event and to find out more information visit 

Source: * Growing the Wakefield Economy: Challenges and prospects facing the priority sectors and the potential for inward investment. Produced by REIU (Regional Economic Intelligence Unit), Leeds City Council, Commissioned by Wakefield Metropolitan District Council.