Digital Creative & ICT

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We have recognised tech clusters centred around Norwich’s fast-growing digital creative hub and Ipswich’s world-leading centre of innovation in communications technology at BT Adastral Park. The East is at the forefront of digital innovation, with strengths in cyber security, quantum technology, Internet of Things, UX design and fintech.

icon ICT sector worth £1.9bn

Both Ipswich and Norwich are recognised as Tech Clusters in the Government’s Tech Nation report.

A Norfolk and Suffolk Digital Tech Council has been formed and are tasked with identifying the needs of the sector, monitoring the changing ICT/digital landscape and opportunity for further growth. The Council will help shape and inform policy, making the case to Government and the LEP for investment in areas such as skills, innovation, access to finance and profile. 

The Digital Creative and IT sector is a fast-growing sector of the Norfolk and Suffolk economy, both in its own right and in its importance in driving productivity across all sectors. Adastral Park is at the forefront of the sector in the region, home to BT’s Global Research and Development HQ and a cluster of 100 high-tech ICT companies.

Norwich hosts a vibrant cluster of digital creative businesses, and a rich ecosystem of interlocking meet-up groups catering to a range of tech and digital interests. Businesses include award winning digital businesses such as Foolproof, EPOS NOW and Further. A key part of Norwich’s ecosystem is Norwich University of the Arts (NUA), with its specialism in arts, design and media. NUA is at the cutting edge of design innovation, launching innovative degree programmes such as UX design.

The Digital Creative and ICT sector within Norfolk and Suffolk has a current workforce of 24,400 and 4,400 enterprises. There are plans to create 10,000 tech roles to be filled by 2024.

To read more about the Norfolk and Suffolk Digital Tech Council, click here.

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