Yorkshire: The North’s Video Games Hub
Rachel Maskell MP’s fellowship programme is designed to give her an understanding of how the digital media and creative sectors work in the UK. She is specifically interested to learn how they facilitate economic growth in and around her constituency York Central, where this sector has seen a major expansion. To learn more, she visited two York-based video game companies: Revolution Software and New Moon Games.
Revolution Software was founded in 1990 and they are most renowned for creating adventure titles Beneath a Steel Sky, and the Broken Sword series and has sold over 4 million copies. New Moon Studios is an independent software studio specialising in virtual and augmented reality, game, and mobile development.
During her time at the two companies, Rachel was interested to see the new projects that are being worked on; in the most literal sense as she had a go on a virtual reality headset. Given the success of Revolution Software and New Moon Games, she was able to hear from them their views on York as a potential digital hub and discussed with them their local community outreach work in order to secure that position.
Ferried away: parliamentarians visit the Port of Dover
On 18 October 2018 the Industry and Parliament Trust organised a visit for a delegation of cross-party parliamentarians to the Port of Dover. A total of nine parliamentarians attended the visit, which was part of a wider educating programme, to further their knowledge of the scale of the Port, its plans for developing infrastructure, how it will assist supporting local employment and regeneration, and the potential impact Brexit will have on its operations.
To read more about what the learnt on the day, click here.
Parliamentarians visit Bombardier
The Industry and Parliament Trust organised a visit for a cross-party group of parliamentarians to Bombardier’s site in Belfast – the site of their engineering, fuselage and wing production. The visit is part of a wider educational programme for parliamentarians to gain additional insight to industry. This visit aimed to equip the parliamentarians with knowledge of Bombardier’s business including: their development in technology, how they maintain and grow a skilled workforce, and the importance of their supply chain.
Read more about what parliamentarians learnt whilst at Bombardier in Northern Ireland here.
Mike Wood visits defence manufacturer MBDA
Mike Wood, MP for Dudley South, visited the MBDA UK site in Stevenage as part of his Industry and Parliament Trust Fellowship on 22 November 2018. Mike’s Fellowship focusses on learning about the challenges that manufacturing businesses face relating to skills, supply chains and exports within the aerospace and automotive sectors.
During the visit Mike was able to learn about the defence industry and what MBDA are doing to ensure, through their apprenticeship programme, they secure the next generation of advance workers. You can read about the visit in detail here.
Darren Jones sees how cyber security works
One of the main themes in Darren Jones’ MP Fellowship is cyber security. He is interested in learning about the challenges that the sector faces, he also wants to gain a better understanding of the employment and skills the sector requires to ensure a successful future.
To widen his understanding Darren visited the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), the cyber security branch of GCHQ, and NCC Group, a cyber security company who specialise in Virtual Reality, Artificial Intelligence and Robotics.
During his time at the NCSC Darren discovered some of the ways that they are leading the UK’s defence against cyber attacks for government, academia and industry. He learnt that one of the ways they do this is through ensuring the resilience and integrity of the UK’s Critical National Infrastructure.
Darren sits on the Science and Technology select committee and is also a member of the AI APPG, he will be able to use the experiences he gained from his visits to complement his work in these roles.
Other October visits
Margaret McKinnon (Senior Parliamentary Official) met with Bircham Dyson Bell LLP
Marianne Cwynarski (Senior Parliamentary Official) visited BCLP
Luke Pollard MP visited Plymouth Magistrates Court and the Royal Courts of Justice
Ian Lucas MP visited Transport Systems Catapult
Susan Jones MP visited London Benchmarking Group
Nic Dakin MP visited Drax
Julie Elliot MP visited Historic Royal Palaces – Hampton Court
Faisal Rashid MP visited BBC and Royal Mail
Lisa Cameron MP visited John Lewis
Darren Jones MP visited Octopus Labs
Alex Sobel MP visited Drax
Chris Matheson MP visited Thales in Belfast
Other November visits
Bridget Philipson MP visited Total
Susan Jones MP visited Tesco, met with the National Literacy Trust and met with Airbnb
Lee Rowley MP visited the Financial Conduct Authority
Mary Robinson MP visited Legal & General Modular Homes
Seema Malhorta MP visited Tideway
Ruth Cadbury MP visited Commercial Broadcasters Association (COBA)
Carolyn Harris MP visited Serco
Edge Watchorn (Senior Parliamentary Official) met with NCC Group
Baroness Wheeler met with Lancaster University at their End of Life Care Observatory
Eleanor Smith MP visited Channel 4
Lord German visited British Underground
Thangam Debbonaire MP visited EDF Energy