Beyond Tech City: How can government support the growth of tech clusters beyond the M25?

22 October 2014 15:15

Beyond Tech City: How can government support the growth of tech clusters beyond the M25?

Synopsis

The government has declared its ambition for the UK to be the technology centre of Europe and for technology to bring prosperity to 'every corner of the country'.

Yet tech companies, tech jobs and the prosperity they bring are highly concentrated in London, the South East and Cambridgeshire. By shining the spotlight on London as the UK’s competitor to Silicon Valley, some argue clusters beyond the M25 have been left in the shadows. So what can be done to help the tech sector thrive far beyond London and the South East? This public panel event, featuring a keynote speech from Ed Vaizey, Minister of State for Culture and the Digital Economy, offers a chance to explore what comes next for government policy and the development of the UK’s silicon cities.

SPEAKERS

  • Eddie Copeland - Head of Technology Policy Unit, Policy Exchange (CHAIR)
  • Ed Vaizey MP - Minister of State for Culture and Digital Industries
  • Sherry Coutu - Serial Entrepreneur & Investor
  • Gerard Grech - CEO, Tech City UK

Silicon Cities

Our recent report Silicon Cities examined how to nurture clusters outside of London and the South East - you can read it here.

beyond tech city: how can government support the growth of tech clusters beyond the m25?