Tech Nation report reveals how Hull's digital and tech industry is booming

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 18 May 2018

Digital and tech businesses in Hull are booming as the sector employed more than 4,000 people and turned over £568m in 2017, a major new report has revealed.

The city industry has grown by 15 per cent since 2014, the Tech Nation 2018 survey showed, as Hull continues to make bold strides forward.

The report also named businesses such as KCOM, the Ron Dearing UTC, Arco and the C4DI as playing central roles in the digital revolution.

Picture of the C4DI building on Queens Street, Hull

Sean Royce, KCOM’s executive vice president, said Tech Nation’s survey shows Hull is increasingly a force to be reckoned in the UK’s vibrant tech economy.

He said: “What Tech Nation 2018 shows is that Hull really is a brilliant place to be for tech and digital businesses.

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“From innovative start-ups to established world leaders we have the digital ecosystem in place to make sure tech industry here is flourishing. This can only be a good thing as Hull reinvents itself as a 21st century city.

“At KCOM we’re proud to be playing our part in this renaissance by rolling out our ultrafast broadband which is underpinning that growth. It’s not an exaggeration to say that our full fibre network in Hull and East Yorkshire is the envy of the rest of the UK, making this region a highly desirable place for both tech start-ups and burgeoning tech companies to base themselves.”

Sean Royce, of KCOM

A good internet speed was named as one of the biggest strengths in the city for new start-up businesses, the report revealed.

The Ron Dearing UTC, which only opened its doors last September, was also highlighted by Tech Nation.

Tech Nation said she school had been “a huge success” and was working with local businesses to ensure its curriculum is fit for purpose.

Ron Dearing UTC Principal Sarah Pashley said: “It’s very encouraging to see Hull featured again in the influential annual Tech Nation report and we’re pleased to be highlighted as a key development adding to the city’s digital credentials.

“The growth of the digital economy in and around the city is really exciting and we feel privileged to work so closely with many of our partners who are at the forefront of tech innovation.

“This report illustrates the tremendous and ever-growing opportunities available to our students. It also underlines the critical importance of our work developing talented young people with the skills and attitude to sustain the region’s rapid growth, powered by digital technology.”

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In 2017, Hull’s digital and tech businesses turned over a total of £568m – an average of £133k per business.

The city now has 4,283 people employed in the sector, as Tech Radar also cited City of Culture as playing its part on the industry.

The C4DI was described as being “at the heart of the tech scene.”

John Connolly, MD at the C4DI, said: “Central to the growth of the tech scene in Hull is the slow-tech worlds of traditional organisations coming together with the fast-tech world of tech start-ups and scale-ups.

“This enables traditional organisations to harness technology they would never normally have been exposed to, and helps tech companies connect to supply chains and mentors they’d never previously have been able to access.”



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