UKIE Hub Crawl 2021 – Build A Better Business

UKIE Hub Crawl 2021 – Build A Better Business

To kick off a happier, easier and more successful new year, our friends at UKIE have launched a virtual version of their hugely popular Hub Crawl 2021, with a focus on making your games company better.

While the Hub Crawl would normally visit games hubs, clusters and locations across the UK, for a fun evening of local expertise and drinks, this year’s programme will be far more focused and integrated, helping the UK’s games companies to operate more successfully.

As the UKIE team puts it:

We are going to be ambitious and cover the entire life cycle of a games business; from incorporation, growing a team, middleware, running the studio, pitching to funders, getting PR exposure – right through to eventually exiting a business.

The programme looks amazing. It covers everything from business basics (January 13), through to managing workloads (February 10), raising your profile (March 3) and the policy of games (March 17).

Thanks to an amazing network of sponsors all of the Hub Crawl 2021 event are FREE and open to anyone involved in the games industry. So spread the word, share the love and feel free to invite colleagues, friends, and associates.

Build A Better Games Company

From January 13, every Wednesday the Hub Crawl will welcome different expert industry speakers discussing the evening’s specific theme, followed by a panel of studios sharing their own experiences.

After each session, there’ll be a chance to network and share ideas with colleagues and peers in the virtual office space on Gather Town

The first session focuses on Starting Up & Business Basics. The speakers and panel for the evening are:

Starting Up & Business Basics

Week 1 (January 13) will be focused on Starting Up & Business Basics and will consist of a series of talks educating people about setting up a games studio.


  • Gavin Smith, Relationship Director, Barclays – Barclays Games team: Here to help
  • Matt Frenchman, CEO & Co-Founder, Sugar – Starting a Business: Back to the Future
  • Isabel Davies, Associate, Wiggin – Game Development: Common Legal Pitfalls For Start-Ups
  • Kate Rhodes, Account Executive, S-Tech Insurance – Insurance basics for Start-Ups: What should you protect and why


  • James Brooksby, CEO, Absolutely Games
  • Jay Shin, Director, and Co-founder, Arrogant Pixel

Whether you’re contemplating starting your own games business, or already involved in a small start-up, this promises to offer a lot of insight and expertise. For free.

Students, graduates, part-time developers – this is for you.

The Full Calender for the UKIE Hub Crawl 2021 is: 

13th January – Starting Up & Business Basics 

20th January – Building Your Brand

27th February – Talent & Recruitment 

03rd February – Essential Tech 

10th February – Managing Workloads 

17th February – Building For Your Players

24th February – Getting Investment Ready

03rd March – Raising Your Profile

10th March – Going Global

17th March – The Policy of Games 

24th March – Looking After Your Workforce

31st March – Selling Your Business

To find out more about each session and to reserve your place, visit the UKIE website.

The UKIE Hub Crawl 2021 is sponsored by: Barclays, AmazonSugar, Menzies, Wiggin & Intorqa

Photo by Clark Tibbs on Unsplash

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