Reading & Bracknell continues to score highly on a number of key economic indicators: it has one of the largest digital tech workforces and some of the highest salaries in the country, as well as the highest density of digital tech businesses.

Reading is developing specialisms in Enterprise software and cloud computing, as well as Data management and analytics. Notable tech startups include Fairsail, Altitude Angel, Blue Sense Networks, and Fantoo. The cluster is driven by international talent, with 29% of businesses stating they employ non-EU citizens – the highest figure in the UK.

The University of Reading and a high level of experienced industry talent have also made the cluster attractive internationally. It has a reputation for innovation in science and enterprise and recently received funding for a multi-million pound big data analytics centre, created to address environmental problems. Incubators and collaboration hubs are helping the community.

Co-working space GROW@ GreenPark hosts tech events like the Festival of Digital Disruption, while local platform ConnectTVT advocates for the growth of digital companies and workers in the region through initiatives and Meetup groups.

 

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Tim Barker

CEO

Founded 2010

DataSift provides technology allowing you to capture, analyse and act on all types of human generated data – from social networks, blogs, news articles, likes and discussions.

We have been in Reading for 8 years and our first round of funding came from Finance South East. The University’s Enterprise Centre had contractual terms that were perfect for a startup and was well connected with organisations like Business Link.

Reading is well connected but without the high costs of London. Thanks to Oracle and Symantec, there is a very large skilled workforce and talent pool while the University means we are connected to the next generation of stars.

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