TechEast aims to underpin the creation of 5,000 additional digital tech jobs by 2020 and aims to be one of the UK’s top five digital tech clusters. This combined entity will match both Birmingham and Bristol/Bath tech clusters in size.
TechEast is a partnership organisation, in which Suffolk Chamber of Commerce has played a leading role. It is tasked with driving the expansion of the East of England’s tech cluster, by increasing national awareness, attracting further funding and developing digital tech talent.
TechEast was launched in April 2016 with a four year plan to underpin the creation of 5,000 new digital technology roles in the East of England. This will be executed through provision of support to existing and startup companies and launching of initiatives to help drive growth – including a TechEast embassy to launch in London this summer.
The Tech Nation Report 2016 from Tech City UK* launched in February this year, found 152,136 digital tech jobs in the East of England, with tech companies accounting for £4.6bn in economic value. The main tech centres in the East are Cambridge (18,532 jobs), Ipswich (9,981 jobs) and Norwich (5,306 jobs) – adding the 5,000 new jobs equals a proposed TechEast cluster of approximately 38,819 jobs, putting it in the top 5 list UK tech city clusters.
TechEast has been established to address three key challenges to the East’s tech cluster expansion and success:
* Low understanding of the East’s rich tech heritage and current capabilities at a national level
* Win further government and company investment in the East’s digital tech economy
* Training more tech specialists and attracting new digital tech talent to the region
For more information and how to get involved go to www.techeast.com