Get digital this St Patrick’s Day

Get digital this St Patrick’s Day

With the UK’s digital tech industries growing 32% faster than the rest of the UK economy, Creative North is inviting the region's businesses to 'get digital' at a free event on St Patrick's Day.

The event will showcase some of the region’s very best digital and creative companies in one place, as a celebration of the sector’s growth.

Held at Turbine Hall, Castlegate, on 17 March, the event hopes to introduce all ages to the potential the sector poses.

In two sessions throughout the day, the team will work with 500 school and college students in the morning, and liaise with 500 job seekers, investors and typically non digital businesses in the afternoon, teaching them about the ways in which digital companies can help them grow.

Rob Earnshaw Founder of Creative North said: “76% of all tech businesses are based outside of London and last year the North East boasted the second highest salary growth in sector at 26.6%.

“However the majority of companies, job seekers and investors still have the perception that you have to be based in London be credible and get work.”

One of the region’s digital success stories, Newcastle-based app development company Gospelware, are showing their support for the event.  

Ryan Davies, managing director of Gospelware, describes the North East as a “great place” to have company headquarters.

“Events like GetDigital are important for our region as it gives companies and individuals a chance to showcase work and connect with each other,” he added.

However, unlike previous sector networking events GetDigital is encouraging non digital businesses to join in.

Ruth Watson, Creative North’s events manager, said: “We are inviting as many businesses who are non digital to meet with our booming sector.

“Rather than having to search online you can meet everyone face to face in one afternoon.”

Alongside workshops and networking, there will also be a selection of street food on offer, and a pint of Guinness for all non digital attendees to celebrate the St Patrick’s Day Festivities.

To register for the event, click here.