Procurement Fred Heritage · 22 January 2016
Croydon Tech City lauded as model for future innovation
The government has endorsed growing South London tech hub, Croydon Tech City, as a blueprint for future innovation and job creation in the UK capital. Meeting with digital entrepreneurs at the Croydon Tech City 2016 Conference, minister for the Cabinet Office, Matt Hancock, praised the community-led tech initiative, which has experienced rapid growth since being set up four years ago. In a speech, Hancock said: The Croydon tech scene is really going full throttle. Croydon Tech City is reaching out into the community and helping young people learn the right skills to start and grow a business, and to connect to a network. As London’s fastest growing cluster of technology startups, Croydon Tech City has become the home of over a thousand digital, technical and creative startups. The so-called ‘silicon Valley of South London? grew by 38 per cent between 2011 and 2013, outstripping other UK tech hubs such as the Silicon Roundabout area of East London and the cluster of tech firms in the Bristol region known as Silicon Gorge. Based primarily in the renewed Number One Croydon building, which houses four floors of disruptive small businesses, Croydon Tech City is home to growing tech startups like DotMailer and Natterbox. During his visit, Hancock hailed some of the hub’s initiatives for having a real impact on the lives and prospects of young people in the local area. He cited Future Tech City, which offers mentoring, apprenticeships and work experience giving young people skills in technology innovation, and Apps for Good, which encourages students to create apps that improve lives, as two of Croydon’s Tech City’s greatest achievements.
ABOUT THE EXPERTFred Heritage
Fred Heritage was previously deputy editor at Business Advice. He has a BA in politics and international relations from the University of Kent and an MA in international conflict from Kings College London.