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Successful first month for the Silicon South Network

24 Jan 2020 | Local News

Just one month after its official launch, the Silicon South Network has already reached its first milestone, 75 signups. This new industry ‘cluster’ represents the interests of businesses in the Digital, Creative and Tech (DCT) sectors based in Bournemouth, Christchurch, Poole and the surrounding area of Dorset. And it’s clearly showing a lot of support for the ambition.

After six years of research, lobbying and support, Silicon South launched the Network in response to multiple calls from different companies that the sector needs to shout about itself much more loudly. There’s an amazing range of talent and skills, which everyone knows about locally, but it’s remained a well-kept secret outside the sector.

The not-for-profit initiative is very-much industry-led, and it’s being steered and directed by representatives from a diverse range of local businesses. They are dictating an agenda which reflects the biggest concerns of the sector to deliver actions that increase the recruitment of top talent and engage the wider interests of customers.

“We are extremely happy with the progress in just our first month. We’ve had some big hitters from around Dorset join the network and together we are promoting Dorset as a hive of activity in the Digital, Creative and Tech sectors” said Anthony Story, Director of Silicon South.

“We’re delighted by the active support the Supporters are giving. They’re showing a strong belief that by working together we have a much better chance of promoting the sector and turning that into direct benefits for everyone. Of course, we’d love more companies to get on board. Together we can put the Bournemouth sector on a par with the UK’s other major DCT centres.”

In the first month alone, the Silicon South Network has:

  • Announced the inaugural Tech Sector meet-up to bring founders and directors together to meet and set an agenda specifically to push tech interests in the Bournemouth region
  • Introduced the Head of Investment for Creative England, a leading investor for creative companies, to a number of our supporters.
  • Started promoting the interests of Silicon South Supporters and the Digital, Creative and Tech community in London, Bristol and beyond.

Behind the scenes, the Supporters have formed two working groups. The Talent Working Group is defining a strategy to improve the engagement of talent both from the local universities but at a senior level too. The Business Working Group is developing an action plan to better engage local customers and raise the Network’s profile to prospects nationally.

The Network is delighted to reach 75 sign-ups in just its first month, with more joining every day. Out of those supporters, there are 18 full-fledged members with a total combined turnover of 18 million from across the Dorset region. They offer a range of specialties from sustainable marketing to artificial intelligence. They are complemented by 57 friends who are actively supporting the cause.

Liz Batley, Client Services Director of Scholar Web Services and a Silicon South Supporter said of the network: “To have Silicon South championing digital, creative and tech businesses in the region is hugely important. Bournemouth is well known for its stunning coastline, but we have some absolutely amazing tech businesses doing some inspiring work as well. It is no longer a sleepy seaside town, but a bustling place to live and do business.”

To learn more about the network, click here.