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Digital Union

Digital Union powers Creative Digital industries in the North East.

Our goal is to strengthen and promote the North East’s Digital Creative sector to the rest of the UK as a thriving community, attracting talent nationwide and raising the profile of businesses in this space.

We unite talent, from young graduates to experienced professionals, with Creative Digital businesses across the region, forming a varied network of individuals of all backgrounds and expertise. By taking a ground-up approach, we can support and empower the next generation of creatives, entrepreneurs and professionals to grow the Creative Digital industries to new heights.

By acting as a catalyst for collaboration and co-creation, we can match people to incredible opportunities, ideas and innovation right here in the North East. From taking your first steps as a graphic designer, to harnessing new talent as a CEO, we’re here to support you.

how we do it

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    Regular Breakfast Networking Sessions

    Our Breakfast Networking is free to attend for everyone - Members and non-Members alike!

    Currently being held online via Remo, join us every last Wednesday of the month at 11am for some casual networking with the creative digital community. Visit our events page for upcoming events.

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    Roundtable Sessions

    Some of these sessions are available exclusively for Members, and some are open to the wider community.

    Our roundtable sessions are designed as a catalyst for collaboration and idea generation. Come along and discuss community-wide issues, share your knowledge, and learn something new from others. See our Events page for any upcoming roundtable sessions.

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    Socials and Parties

    From after-work drinks to Christmas and end-of-summer parties, we love to let our hair down as much as you do!

    Past socials have been held at the Bridge Tavern, Town Wall, By the River Brew Co, and Hadrian's Tipi, just to name a few.

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    Task Groups

    Our task groups were designed to bring our Members together to discuss and solve common issues in the creative digital community. These issues cover, but are not limited to; the skills gap, accessing funding and financial support, office and working spaces and infrastructure, and regional profiling. Contact us if you're interested in taking part in a Task Group.

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    Digital Bootcamp

    Designed to skill-up the next generation of techies and creatives, Digital Bootcamp is an industry-standard, hands-on course for graduates finding their first steps in the North East's thriving creative digital industries.

    Graduates will work with leading North East companies to develop the skills they need to land their first role.

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    Representing the Region

    We seek to showcase regional talent and world-class facilities wherever possible, including through the LEP Digital Strategy and by sharing our Members' news, thought-pieces, case studies and stories on our website and social media channels.

Become a Member

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Join a community of digital creative professionals right on your doorstep

Digital Union is an open, inclusive community for the digital creative industries – for gaming students, social media entrepreneurs, agency CEOs, and everyone in-between.

  • I would thoroughly recommend becoming a Member. Being part of Digital Union allowed us to mix with professionals in the digital sector and better understand their needs and challenges.

    Jayne Hart
    HR Dept.
  • Our team love going along to the events - from socials to training - and it's relevant to everyone in every level of the organisation.

    Kari Owers
    O Communications

We’re here to connect digital creative professionals in the North East to ensure a thriving, sustainable industry going forward.

As a Member of Digital Union, you get exclusive access to key events including roundtable discussions, task groups, and socials. By taking a ground-up approach, we can support and empower the next generation of creatives, entrepreneurs and professionals to grow the Creative Digital industries to new heights.  

As a Member, we can provide you with opportunities for collaboration and co-creation, matching you to talent, ideas and innovation right here in the North East.

What you gain from being a Member depends on why you’re joining – are you a student, freelancer, currently working in a creative digital business, or a CEO? Scroll down to find out how you could benefit from Digital Union.

Why Join?

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...As a Student

Joining us as a student or young person looking for their first step into the industry will…

  • Open you up to networking opportunities with a range of employers across the digital creative industries – from startups to tech giants in the region.
  • Give you the chance to experience the industry first-hand with bootcamps, workshops and events – a fantastic addition to your CV alongside your studies.
  • Allow you to mix with not only employers and professionals in the space, but also other students with a similar mindset to you. You never know who you could meet!
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...As an Entrepreneur

Joining as a Founder, Freelancer or CEO will…

  • Open you up to a range of business development opportunities through our regular networking events and socials.
  • Expose you to new talent coming into the industry, so you can choose the next best hires for your company.
  • Provide the opportunity to sit on task groups and roundtables to discuss and solve a range of common issues in the community (e.g the “skills gap”)
  • Give you collaboration and co-creation opportunities with a variety of digital creative professionals and businesses in the region, alongside our world-class educational institutes and universities.
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As a Creative Digital Professional...

From Marketing Managers to Software Engineers, if you’re a professional working in the industry, joining Digital Union will…

  • Open you up to plenty of professional development opportunities, from free masterclasses to knowledge exchanges.
  • Give you a ton of networking opportunities – whether you’re looking for your next client or your next job in the industry, we’ve got something for you.
  • Allow you to get to know and meet likeminded people in the same industry, with similar challenges and goals. Your power is in your network.
  • Give you the opportunity to join our task groups and roundtables, where you can have your say on a range of different topics and issues in the industry.

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