According to the CfE, the city’s seaside-specific working culture is a crucial ingredient in enticing talent, and C4L are proud to be a big part of one of Britain’s fastest-growing tech hub.
Britain’s digital industry
In early February 2015, at the launch of Tech Nation’s report which was attended by both Prime Minister David Cameron and Chancellor George Osborne, the first ever detailed study of Britain’s digital industry was revealed.
One of the main purposes of the project was to identify clusters of digital expertise. The idea was that armed with this insight, local government, planners, universities and inward-investors would be able to make better informed decisions about where to locate operations and deploy resources. And the big winner, the fastest-growing, densest concentration of digital companies in Britain was… Bournemouth!
Bournemouth’s tech community
Among the town’s tech community, the accolade was no surprise. For some time, our digerati and supporting cast had realised that something special was taking place. We knew that the town was spawning top-quality companies, but with the town already having its own Internet Service Provider, C4L, who provide services for many of Bournemouth’s startups and having high-profile names like Sunseeker, Merlin entertainments and Lush – we knew we were all growing in confidence and significance.
Many of the economic indicators are positive, according to the Centre for Cities, Bournemouth now scores highly on patents granted (per head of population) and for its proportion of “knowledge-intensive” businesses.
Calling it “Britain’s San Francisco”, as one local cheerleader puts it, may be going a bit too far, but Bournemouth and Poole and the nearby Dorset coast, have a lot going in this era of remote working and where work-life balance is a crucial ingredient in the talent enticement mix.
Here at C4L we wanted to support and bring to light case studies like this as it shows that factually we are no longer operating in a town perceived as a retirement conurbation, but we are right in the thick of it. Just as we have been saying for years from a connectivity point of view, boasting internet speeds quicker than the blink of an eye from here to London, we now have the quantity and quality of businesses to compete with the capital city on a corporate level too.
If you are a start-up and are interested in gaining Matchfunding from C4L’s own scheme, please contact us now, to see how we can help you create your business in our digital cluster.