Newcastle is hosting the North East Digital Festival. A new publication will be launched at the Festival. ‘ One Region. One Sector. One Statement’.   The new document was published and led by Generator.

Generator was Established over 25 years ago and has grown to be the leading music sector development agency in the UK and the only one to work on developing artistic talent and businesses.

Following the mass disruption and digital transformation of the music industry, Generator saw an opportunity to apply the same level of support to other industries and is now working extensively in the creative and digital sectors, providing invaluable assistance and advice to support individuals and businesses of all sizes leading to sector growth and success.

They are collaborating with a collective of organisations representing the North East’s creative, digital and tech sectors. They have joined forces to deliver a united front in promoting the region.

The collaborative effort sees 12 business groups commit to promoting the North East’s creative, digital and tech sectors in a consistent and unified way through the publication of a new document

The goal of the statement is to provide a unified voice which will put the North East on the map and deliver a clear message on a national and international level.

Jim Mawdsley, CEO of Generator, said:

“The North East is home to a creative, digital and tech sector which is growing at a competitive rate and a source of great pride for the region. Individually we all work to promote the region but recognise this can be done much more effectively as a unified force.”

 

Speaking at the Digital Union Event he said:

“For us to ensure the region is represented in the best possible light, we need to have one unified statement. This is why we came together to produce a resource which can be used to promote the sector nationally and internationally.”

“This document outlines what the sector actually looks like through a transparent voice.”

“We’re not trying to pretend to be anything we’re not but celebrating our great successes and strengths. The document highlights what makes the North East so vibrant and represents our joint commitment to promoting the region’s creative digital and tech sectors.”

Generator stated on their website:-

The North East is home to a Creative Digital and Tech sector which is truly thriving. One of the most productive and fastest-developing in the UK, the sector’s rapid rise is a source of great pride for us in the region. There have been many resources produced by a variety of organisations describing parts of the sector, but we believe that they do not truly define or fully reflect it.

For the first time, the leading organisations which represent and support the sector have partnered to create One Region, One Sector, One Statement. This document is a statement outlining what the sector actually looks like, what makes it so vibrant and represents our joint commitment to promoting North East Creative Digital and Tech in the best and most consistent way possible.

Together we believe that the sector is made up of companies which:

  • Develop and sell hardware and/or software (This can include a wide range of products from business control systems to gaming)
  • Implement and support hardware and/or software that others have developed
  • Use technology to help others market their businesses
  • Sell product yet rely substantially upon technology for their business (e.g. Nissan)
  • Have significant technology departments (HMRC, Local Authorities, NHS).

Highlighting incredible businesses, showcasing both strong and emerging subsectors and promoting the extensive resources of support available to the sector, One Region, One Sector, One Statement is a baseline document fit for all of us to use to promote North East Creative Digital and Tech and appreciate its opportunities.

Ultimately, we hope this statement will help to inspire our next generation, attract talent and inward investment to our region and firmly put us on the map as an innovative place to live and work.

A collaboration of organisations.

The document has been drawn up by a number of organisations that include Generator, Digital Union, Sunderland Software City, Tech Nation, Tech North East, Dynamo, Proto, Digital City, Middlesbrough, Stellium, Middlesbrough Digital, Invest North East and Invest Newcastle.

The document shines a light on a number of businesses, showcasing both strong and emerging subsectors, while promoting the extensive resources of support available.

It also reveals the region’s tech sector has rocketed by 45% in the last five years, bringing in GVA of some £2.98bn.

The group sourced data from the Office of National Statistics, the Department of Digital Culture Media and Sport, Tech Nation, and Companies House, with help from the North East LEP’s Tech Nation to deliver the insights in the sector.

The research showed there are now 3,155 tech firms in the North East and Tees Valley areas, employing 35,000 people, an increase of 45% over the last five years.

As a region, the North East has the highest growth in digital tech after London, at 34%, with firms in the NE postcode accounting for 56% of the overall region’s make-up.

Last year alone saw the creation of 245 new digital tech firms.

The sector as a whole has grown by a further 8.8% during 2018

In the document, Mr. Mawdsley says:

“Ultimately we hope this statement will help to inspire our next generation, attract talent and inward investment to our region and firmly put us on the map as an innovative place to live and work.”

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