18 Apr 2016
TechEast launches to accelerate economic growth in East Anglia

TechEast launches to accelerate economic growth in East Anglia

East is East 

Here at Luminous PR, we’re very proud of our East Anglian connections. We have several clients based in the region, and can often be found flitting around Norwich for meetings and appointments.

We’re really pleased, then, to hear that TechEast is launching today, to drive tech growth in the region. TechEast has just announced its four year plan to drive £650m in economic growth, and create 5,000 new digital tech roles in East Anglia by 2020.

The launch of TechEast is being celebrated today with an event at the BT Tower in London – BT are a big employer in the region, with over 3,000 people employed at their Research and Development campus, Adastral Park, in Ipswich.

What’s the big deal? 

The Tech Nation Report, published in February this year, said there are 152,136 digital tech jobs in the East of England, with tech companies accounting for £4.6bn in economic value. 

East Anglia is a big area: the main tech centres are Cambridge, Ipswich, and Norwich, and their surrounding areas. Currently, however, the region isn’t getting the tech recognition it deserves. The launch of TechEast aims to tackle three key challenges which are inhibiting the success of the region:

  1. Lack of understanding of the East’s rich tech heritage and current capabilities at a national level
  2. Winning further government and company investment in the East’s digital tech economy
  3. Training more tech specialists and attracting new tech talent to the region.

Neil Miles, Chair of TechEast, said: “Our mission is to help attract investment and provide support for those looking to start, grow or locate their digital tech business in the East.  We will combine ideas and resources across the region to amplify the East as a place where digital tech businesses thrive.

“For the last six months, tech businesses and supporting organisations across the East region have been working together to investigate the opportunities created by capitalising on the region’s existing success.  Our ambition is to be recognised as one of the Top 5 tech clusters in the UK.”

Smells like tech spirit 

We’re big believers that when several great things work together, the results are even better. That’s why we’re so obsessed with integrated communications.

There’s almost always strength in numbers, so it’s really positive to see three great tech hubs working together to get East Anglia the recognition and resources it deserves. By pooling its collective talent, the region can achieve much more.

Are you a tech business in East Anglia? What do you think about the news of TechEast’s launch? We’d love to hear from you!