A new project aiming at getting cities in the north of England to work together to grow is being launched by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg today.
Mr Clegg will be in Sheffield to announce the creation of TechNorth, which aims to bring ‘pockets of excellence in tech’ from across the north together to ‘form an internationally renowned virtual hub’.
TechNorth will be an agency set up to co-ordinate the existing digital technology expertise of Manchester, Leeds, Sheffield, Liverpool and Newcastle, which Mr Clegg claims will do what TechCity has done for East London - ‘put TechNorth on the international map.’
The deputy Prime Minister said: “We’ve listened to local business leaders and there is a clear need for us to seize an opportunity to capitalise on existing tech talent by creating a Northern Tech Hub to rival Berlin, New York, or Shanghai.
“My ambition, over time, is to double the number of tech jobs in the North, creating a stronger economy. To put this in context – it is estimated there are about 200,000 ICT jobs in the region currently.
“Time is of the essence, so I’m in Sheffield today to bring creative minds from across the North together so that we can grow this from an idea into reality.
“As a first step, I am announcing the creation of TechNorth, an agency tasked with promoting a world-class tech cluster spanning five cities in the North.”
For the full story and video, see www.thestar.co.uk this afternoon.