Blog post
October 10, 2023
Jamie Hardesty

SSC set for next stage of development

Organisation growth
Careers in tech
Startup support

Tech sector support organisation Sunderland Software City (SSC) is entering a new phase of development, enhancing its mission of driving digital technology growth across North East England.

The creation of a new dedicated R&D department, coupled with evolved delivery teams focussed on four key strategic priorities, will ensure SSC is best placed to identify and approach critical areas of market failure which inhibit tech sector growth. 

Pioneering intervention strategies around skills, startup, business support and innovation, SSC is looking to build on its success to date of helping over 1000 digital tech startups and SMEs since 2013.

David Dunn, CEO, SSC, explained: “Software City has always operated by responding to market failure in the tech sector. As market challenges change and evolve, so too do we. It’s what keeps our services relevant and vital to the community we are here to help.

“While there’s much to celebrate and champion in the region’s tech sector, we understand there are many obstacles and barriers to growth which hinder our ecosystem’s potential. Continuously listening to both individuals and organisations to help shape our services is vital to our mission.
“Right now we know we need to grow the region’s tech workforce, help more people start tech businesses, ensure companies have the support they need as they grow and that emerging and advanced technologies can be accessed with relative ease. This is where the majority of pain points exist.
“While this may sound straightforward in essence it takes a specialist team to unpick the nuance in each area. I’m confident we have the team in place to robustly design and deliver high quality work which makes a difference to both our economy and people’s lives for the better.”

The restructure includes the appointment of a new Senior Leadership Team and new team of Directors, accountable for the success of Software City.

Adam Hill has become Director of Operations, Ashmita Randhawa Director of R&D, Jill McKinney Director of Delivery and Jamie Hardesty Director of Communications and Ecosystem Development.

David added: “I am delighted to welcome Adam, Ashmita, Jamie and Jill into their new roles. As we continue to scale our support for the tech sector their combined knowledge, passion and experience stand both our organisation and the ecosystem in good stead for future success.”