Scotland’s thriving tech startups plot expansion and exports growth
Ten regional tech hubs offering founders an escape from London house prices Rising house prices in London are causing a mass exodus? of digital entrepreneurs from the capital, as other hubs tempt startups as cost-effective alternatives. __________________________________________________________________________________ As in previous years, the top three export markets remain the Rest of the UK, Europe and North America. Europe has, however, replaced the Rest of the UK as the top destination for exporters. the survey provides an important snapshot from those at the coal face in the industry. It shows that Scotland’s digital technology industry is thriving with many of our businesses enjoying success at home as well as experiencing increasing overseas demand, said Polly Purvis, chief executive of ScotlandIS. the overwhelmingmajority of respondents are optimistic about the year ahead and are forecasting business growth. This is good news not just for our industry but the country as a whole as more jobs are created and investment increases across the sector. Firms also revealed their key challenges which were’staff recruitment and retention, developing new business, the introduction of GDPR and the current political situation. This year, for the first time, ScotlandIS also polled firms on steps they were taking to tackle the gender gap. More than half had found that offering flexible work patterns had helped in recruiting female staff. The vast majority of employers had either tried or were considering this andother initiatives such as providing more female role models when engagingwith schools and universities, return to work training, and supportinggroupslike Girl Geeks and Scottish Women in Technology.