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 £1.1bn 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
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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.
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 Institute for Smart Data Innovation 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.
“There is a wealth of technology talent here in the North East, and we’re pleased to offer the opportunity to develop careers with Accenture.
The fact that Accenture has trebled its headcount in the North East in just five years demonstrates our commitment to job creation in the region and the UK in general.
We will accelerate our growth in the region, creating the diverse and highly skilled technology workforce we need and, most importantly, helping us to provide high value jobs for many local people that have faced real challenges in their efforts to secure work.”
Managing Director, Accenture Delivery Centre, North Tyneside
Accenture, the world’s largest management consulting firm, with net revenues of $30bn and more than 370,000 employees worldwide, established a base in North East England 16 years ago.
Accenture’s operations have trebled in size at North Tyneside since 2010.
It now employs over 700 IT staff and the company took a second office on Cobalt Business Park in 2015 to accommodate its expansion plans.