Plymouth takes strides in the Digital community
Plymouth’s inclusion on the annual survey of the UK’s top tech centres will provide the city with a huge shot in the arm – and help attract firms and jobs.
Tech Nation 2017, styled as the most comprehensive analysis of the UK’s digital tech economy, was criticised in 2016 for leaving Plymouth off its digital map.
But after Plymouth tech sector rallied and highlighted the growing strength of the digital economy for the city, report authors relented.
Mike Turner, a director of umbrella organisation Digital Plymouth, said the report’s findings were of huge importance to the city.
“It’s recognition, We have put Plymouth on the map as a tech city. It’s a great place to live, We are going through a great period of growth in Plymouth and that will continue over the next four or five years. The city is primed for growth.” – Mike Turner
Tech Nation 2017, the latest edition of the annual report from business management consultancy Tech City UK, said: “Britain’s Ocean City is not just picturesque, it is making waves with an early stage cluster of science and digital tech businesses too.”
It highlighted the importance of Plymouth Science Park, Thrive Hubs, THINQTANQ, Millfields Trust, and Plymouth University’s Formation Zone incubator and Futures Entrepreneurship Centre as key centres for tech business development.
It singled out PSP’s Sponge UK and Iotec as “notable companies”.
It also said: “The digital tech community is also supported by initiatives such as MESH, (Make Engineer Socialise Hack), and Global Game Jam.
“Plymouth is becoming the tech hub for the South-West. The capacity and resilience of the PSP ICT infrastructure has been one of the key reasons why tech businesses choose the park as their base.” – Christian Jenkins, Dir. of Operations at Plymouth Science Park