National Report Demonstrates Strength of North East Tech Cluster

A new report released today by David Cameron shows that tech businesses in the North East are outperforming their UK counterparts when it comes to cloud computing and big data.

The Tech Nation report is the first comprehensive analysis of Britain’s digital clusters. The report has been curated by Tech City UK, the government-backed organisation focused on accelerating Britain’s digital economy.

The report, which is an in-depth survey of over 2,000 digital businesses across 16 of the country’s biggest tech clusters, shows that the North East is leading the UK in specialisms such as cloud computing, software development and data analytics.

The region scored highest in the country for social networks, with 86% of the businesses surveyed stating they benefitted from the North East cluster’s close community networks and access to fellow entrepreneurs to share ideas with.

Access high spec business space and availability of public and private finance were also highlighted by the companies taking part as particular strengths of the region’s tech cluster.

David Dunn, Chief Executive of Sunderland Software City said: “Inclusion in this report reinforces the long established fact that the North East is a significant cluster of digital businesses driving economic growth not only in the region but the UK as a whole.

“This is the first time that the UK’s digital economy has been so thoroughly analysed and we as a region are developing a reputation for excellence in several areas which is helping to attract talent and investment to the area, ensuring it delivers jobs and economic benefits for years to come.

“We will continue to support the development of the cluster and help the region to further establish itself as a global leader in the exploration and controlled delivery of big data through the recently established North East and Tees Valley Digital Catapult Centre.”