Norwich Tech Sector the Full Report


Norwich is a great up and coming city for a number of reasons. Not only is the city home to two universities, and notable companies, such as Aviva, Axom Vibe and Proxama, this historical textiles centre has now also one of the fastest growing digital tech economies in the country. The universities are largely to thank for this, with their graduates having attracted companies such as Rainbird AIValidus-IVC and Epos Now.

The city is also the perfect growing space for start up companies, with workspaces such as Whitespace and meet-ups, such as SyncNorwich, Hot Source  andStartUp Norfolk. There are also events like Sync The City and the Norfolk Developers meet-up that are about local developers giving back to the community.

In 2016, Norwich saw the launch of a number of events including the #DigitalCity trail and MyTech. Both of these events worked to inspire young people by encouraging networks between businesses and students. Likewise, the Norfolk Developers’ Conference hosted a ‘schools day’ to promote digital tech skills among children. 2016 also saw the Barclays’ launched Eagles Lab in Norwich and more than 30,000 visitors to that year’s Norwich Gaming Festival.


What’s next for Norwich?

The proposal for the direct A11 link between Norwich and Cambridge has been dubbed a ‘Tech Corridor’ and could see more employment and £500 million in investment to the city. ‘Enterprise Zones’ have been established around the city to support start up businesses and plans for redevelopment to create a live/work community in the Shoe Zone are underway. Even more exciting, 2018 will see the opening of the  Quadram Institute, an £81 million investment at Norwich Research Park, which will be a leading institution into food and health research.


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