A delegation of Canadian technology companies visited North East England this week to learn more about the region’s renowned tech and digital sector.
A delegation of Canadian technology companies visited North East England this week to see, first hand, why the region’s tech and digital sector is one of the fastest-growing in the UK.
Representatives from eight prominent Canadian businesses joined the region’s inward investment body, Invest North East England, to visit world-leading sites before attending the North East’s innovation conference, VentureFest North East.
David Pattison, inward investment manager at Invest North East England, said: “A recent report from Tech Nation showed the North East’s tech sector is worth nearly £1bn and growing more than twice as fast as the rest of the economy.
“Coupled with being the fastest-growing tech cluster outside of London, we’re continuing to see interest from international companies looking to invest in our region and tap into our talent pool.
“Today’s visit has been a great opportunity to show some of Canada’s fastest growing tech firms what’s happening here in North East England, and why we’re competing globally when it comes to digital innovation, world-class design and technology capabilities.”
Organised in partnership with the Department for International Trade (DIT) as part of a Northern Powerhouse visit, the Canadian delegation visited PROTO: The Emerging Technology Centre in Gateshead, Newcastle Helix and the National Innovation Centre for Data in Newcastle city centre, whilst hearing from the North East & Tees Valley Digital Catapult and Sunderland Software City.
The final stop on the day-long tour was VentureFest North East at St James’ Park, where the delegation got to meet some of the region’s leading innovative businesses and entrepreneurs.
The eight visiting companies were:
For more information about North East England’s tech and digital sector and Invest North East England’s role in delivering inward investment for the region, visit www.investnortheastengland.co.uk.
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