Their analysis has uncovered that 1 in every 5 jobs within our Bournemouth & Poole ‘tech cluster’ are in the Digital sector, now totalling 14,000 jobs and bringing in more than £350m to Bournemouth’s economy it has become a very valuable sector to the South Coast indeed.
Tech Nation Report
Tech Nation 2016 is produced by Tech City UK and innovation charity Nesta, supported by core data partner Growth Intel. The report is the most comprehensive analysis of the UK’s Digital Tech Economy to date, shedding light on how the Digital Tech Industries are driving economic growth, employment and regional development. The report stated that amongst those UK Digital Tech companies generating the estimated £161bn turnover, 1 in 3 tech businesses source talent from local universities and the biggest challenge is actually finding enough skilled digital workers!
The dedicated section about Bournemouth and Poole within the Tech Nation report noted that Bournemouth and Poole is one of the top 10 clusters in the UK for employment growth and has the third highest density of digital tech businesses.
Local universities are key to Bournemouth & Poole’s success in the Digital sector and many of our own staff at C4L are Bournemouth University graduates too. The highly acclaimed National Centre for Computing Animation at Bournemouth University produces VFX graduates, who have gone on to work on Oscar winning films and hugely acclaimed video games. The Tech nation report also takes into consideration that Bournemouth boasts a high quality of life and hosts events for the digital community including Meetdraw, Silicon Beach and Digital Wave, many of which C4L has sponsored over the years. The council is also remarkably active in the tech community with Bournemouth Borough Council winning Digital Council of the Year in 2015.
Mike Hawkyard, MD of Amuzo and a C4L Leased Line customer said: “It’s just a fantastic place to live, and I don’t believe that geographic location is a barrier to working with international clients any more, at all”
Geoff Mulgan, CEO of Nesta said in the report: “Digital Technologies are unlike any others, they change everything businesses do.”
Prime Minister David Cameron said in the report: “The digital economy is expanding at an extraordinary pace, creating jobs and fuelling growth in regions and cities up and down the country, adding some £87 billion to the economy and every year, providing security and opportunities for working people.”
Matt Hawkins, Founder and Chairman of C4L said “It is fantastic to see Bournemouth & Poole officially recognised once more by Tech City. C4L have been working with the expanding group of companies excelling in this region and laying down fantastic infrastructure for many more to join us. This report puts into perspective the importance of the achievements and work put in by our friends at Silicon South, Meetdraw and others. It is also interesting to learn that many other UK digital organisations face the same challenges that have impacted us as well, by highlighting these challenges, we can work together to overcome them.”
To read the full Tech Nation report, please click here.