IT and Digital

North East England Works for IT

As home to scores of software and tech companies doing business across the globe, by 2020 it’s estimated our IT and digital cluster will be a £2.5bn industry.

Why IT and Digital firms choose to invest in North East England

  • Outstanding physical space for investors, tailor made to suit company needs
  • A superb support network of businesses and organisations ready for investors to plug into
  • A typical 35-person software business in North East England will save £1.15m per year compared to a London base (Financial Times benchmarking study)
  • The best skills availability in England – 50,000 students study STEM subjects at our five universities, the highest proportion in the country
  • Home to the UK’s fastest growing tech cluster outside London, up by 30% more companies in the past four years, including companies such as Accenture and Sage. The key sectors in our tech clusters are software development, data management, analytics, games and health tech

The Great North East Tech Story (Courtesy of Sunderland Software City)


Six reasons why...

UK digital hot spot

North East England has a support eco-system primed and ready to welcome investors into our thriving IT and Digital sector.

Our vibrant tech cluster collaborates on skills and development to fuel rapid business growth.

Dynamo North East, the Digital Union, Sunderland Software Centre’s Digital Catapult and Newcastle’s Cloud Innovation Centre offer superb networking, training and support to investors.

Campus North in Newcastle is acclaimed as one of the best co-working and event spaces for tech start-ups in the UK and home to Ignite 100, Europe’s top accelerator programme.

Our eco-system is completed by our five universities and their world leading research excellence in computer science and informatics and a comprehensive suite of public and private sector funding to nurture business growth.

Software and gaming enjoy spectacular success exporting products to the world and our region has a growing cluster of firms in the hugely lucrative space industry.

Investors such as IBM, Hewlett-Packard and Accenture all call our region home, cutting edge companies making the most of our talented people and top quality facilities.

Our region is also home to the international IT success story Sage, the UK’s only FTSE 100 software company, with its global headquarters in .

North East England has a fantastic portfolio of physical space and technical support for new and growing businesses in all our cities.

Newcastle Science Central, Sunderland Software Centre and the Northern Design Centre host facilities and support to match any in the UK.

Our region is also in the vanguard of the incredible potential for dark-fibre enabled data centres at Cobalt Business Park. And the new £30m National Innovation Centre for Data (NICD) at Science Central will bring together industry, the public sector and top academics to develop the skills, ideas and resources to exploit opportunities offered by the explosion in digital data.