The world’s first programmable computer was made in England… the World Wide Web was invented by English computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee… so it’s no surprise that the most exciting tech-savvy, forward-thinking, future-enabling talent can be found here.
Clusters of creativity and exciting tech startup scenes thrive here. Key capabilities include cloud computing; software engineering; mobile development; UI and UX design; creative content; and digital marketing.
Check out the strengths of some of England’s tech hotspots below:
Liverpool is famous for its music, fashion and culture. Its known for digital media and great video game heritage; BAFTA winning productions and Oscar-winning talent. Liverpool businesses deliver creative solutions for Disney, Sony, BBC, Virgin Media, Vodafone, LinkedIn, Nintendo, Microsoft, Google and Amazon.
From the creative sparks that bring an indie edge to tech work in Liverpool; to the programmers and developers bringing lines of code to life. This is a place with a unique personality. Free thinkers are at the forefront of health and medical applications here; virtual reality is being used to design safer cars; and Big Data is mashed to save lives. In converted warehouses and dockside spaces, universities laboratories and global IT hubs; in every corner of this creative and talented region; you’ll find people creating something very special.
Iconic creative talent thrives in local film and television companies, such as Hurricane Films, Lime Pictures and LA Productions and a host of independent content providers. Plans for new film studios are afoot which will add to Liverpool’s film and TV credentials.
Industry networks across the city region are fuelling the transformative growth of the sector here. Kin, the longest established network of its kind in the UK, has more than 3,000 active members sharing opportunities and ideas online and at regular events covering sectors as diverse as design to data mining, games development to aerial photography, from music management to digital music publishing and distribution.
Creative and digital clusters can be found at sites across the area such as Liverpool Science Park, Liverpool Innovation Park, Cotton Exchange and Baltic Triangle. Liverpool offers purpose built digital incubation, accelerator and studio spaces that are low cost and future proof, world-class connectivity and resilience, with some central locations offering up to 1 Gbps connections, and access to a Tier Three datacentre.
The bottom line: Liverpool City Region is a profitable and productive place for creative businesses.
Newcastle is one of the most vibrant digital clusters outside of London, and had the highest growth rate in England (+30%, 2011-2015).
The sector accounts for more than 2,800 businesses, employing over 27,000 people in Newcastle and the surrounding region. Home to the only FTSE 100 software company, Sage Group plc, global leaders thrive alongside fast-growing local start-ups, collaborating and innovating future solutions.
Tech and digital businesses locating in Newcastle benefit from a high calibre talent pool and two leading universities, coupled with great support and social networks, and the opportunity to locate in high-spec creative hubs.
One of only a handful of designated UK Science Cities, Newcastle is home to three national centres – including the National Innovation Centre for Data, based at Newcastle Science Central, a 24-acre development in the heart of the city centre.
International tech players like Accenture, HP and Red Hat, have joined homegrown success stories like Sage, to create a vibrant creative and digital scene. French-owned digital games innovator Ubisoft, known for massively popular games like Assassin’s Creed and Just Dance, has a major presence in Newcastle; the firm recently expanded its animation studio and setup a new customer relationship centre serving Europe, the Middle East and Asia.
The city is set to be the focus of further global attention next year with the Great Exhibition of the North, the biggest event in the country in 2018, celebrating art, culture and design in the North of England.
Creative England http://www.creativeengland.co.uk/
Celebrating England’s games, TV, film and digital media industries.
A look at the UK’s tech clusters (16 of the 21 are in England).