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TechEast hopes to net 5,000 digital jobs for East Anglia

New tech cluster represents Cambridge, Ipswich and Norwich

TechEast, a new tech cluster in the east of England, wants to create 5,000 digital jobs in the region and rival major hubs around the UK.

It will represent the region's main tech centres Cambridge, Ipswich and Norwich - and aims to support start-ups and launch new initiatives to help drive growth in the region over the next four years.

A TechEast outpost will also be set-up in London this summer, acording to chairman Neil Miles, executive at B2B digital delivery firm ANDigital, who wants it to be considered one of the top five tech clusters in the UK.

He said: "Our mission is to help attract investment and provide support for those looking to start, grow or locate their digital tech business in the east. We will combine ideas and resources across the region to amplify the east as a place where digital tech businesses thrive.

"For the last six months, tech businesses and supporting organisations across the east region have been working together to investigate the opportunities created by capitalising on the region's existing success."

Tech companies account for 4.6 billion of economic value in the east of England, according to the Tech Nation Report released earlier this year, and the region contains over 152,000 digital tech jobs.

If TechEast delivers 5,000 new roles, it will become one of the top five clusters in the UK.

"I am pleased to support the launch of TechEast, and its mission to accelerate the growth of the digital tech economy across the east," said Baroness Neville-Rolfe, parliamentary under secretary of state at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

"This year's Tech Nation report recognised the strengths of Norwich and Ipswich as centres for technology and innovation which already support 15,000 jobs in the sector and have huge potential to grow. TechEast will give a voice to digital tech businesses in the region, building on the excellent work already done by New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership and local authorities to promote the East as a high technology cluster and a great place for new tech businesses to start and grow."

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