Lancashire joins national look at the digital economy

Friday, December 02, 2016

Creative Lancashire is asking people working in the tech industry to join in a nationwide annual survey about the digital sector.

People only have until Monday 5 December to give their views as part of the annual Tech Nation survey, which looks into the current state of the UK’s digital economy.

Ed Matthews-Gentle from Creative Lancashire explained: "There is a new confidence in the county's tech sector. Recent government statistics revealed Burnley hosts the country's fastest growing digital economy outside of the capital.

"We've been working alongside Digital Lancashire and leading businesses to influence the decision to include Lancashire in the survey for the first time.

"We are home to a sizeable sector that should be part of the conversation, alongside our neighbours in Manchester and Liverpool.

"We want people to take part so that we develop the understanding of the digital sector here in Lancashire and how it relates to the national picture. It helps to position the sector for the future by recognizing its strengths, progress that's already been made, and how the sector benefits the local economy."

The Tech Nation 2016 report provided the most detailed analysis to date of how the digital sector is driving economic growth, showcasing the innovation and energy of tech hubs across the UK.

This year's survey will take an even more in-depth look at how the digital economy is evolving, giving a greater voice to the UK’s tech communities and highlighting the considerable progress being made.

The organisation behind the Tech Nation report is Tech City UK, which accelerates the growth of digital businesses and skills across the country.

Gerard Grech, CEO of Tech City UK, commented: “The Tech Nation report has become a leading resource to showcase the depth and breadth of the UK’s digital economy. Working with an incredible collection of local community partners, we’re able to see how each cluster is growing, the variety of tech businesses in each region and the potential impact on the wider economy.

"Last year's report showed that the UK digital tech industry is growing 32 percent faster than other sectors and generating jobs 2.8 times faster. We’re eager to hear from people across the community to get a real feel for how we’re performing in 2017.”

For more information and to complete the survey go to the Tech Nation 2017 website -

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