Reports that Cambridge, Ipswich and Norwich all feature in the Government’s latest Tech Nation summary is good news for the East’s digital sector. As a software firm located just 6 miles from BT’s Innovation Centre, it confirms what we’ve known for a long time: our area is a hub of high-tech growth.
As yet, the region’s digital activity has maintained a low profile nationally. But that looks set to change as a new grouping – TechEast – is being launched to drive £650million-worth of economic growth.
According to a recent article by the East Anglian Daily Times, this will put East Anglia among the top five technology clusters in the UK.
This follows the Chancellor’s announcement in March which promised £151m funding in our region. This landmark result coincided with the launch of the Suffolk Top 100 Influencer event, of which FLOvate was a sponsor.
During the event, Mark Pendlington, chairman of the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership, and a ‘Top 100’ member himself, talked passionately about some of the proposals including a Wet Dock crossing in Ipswich. This is a welcome move for many reasons; not least because it will link the businesses in and around IP-City Centre (where FLOvate is based) to the rest of the town and reinforce the riverside area’s reputation as a digital development centre.
To read more about digital business in Suffolk, check out the FLOvate writeup in this month’s Business East (p14-66).