Recognising the South as a Digital Destination
With so much digital talent in our region, it’s hardly surprising Business South is keen to promote this sector to a far wider audience.
The digital economy in the South is the fastest growing sector of the economy in the region and supports over 100,000 jobs and approximately 20%+ of the regions GVA. All the regions LEP’s have a digital strategy to varying degrees.
Technology will have an ever increasing impact on our every day lives as we move to a knowledge based economy; for instance more and more of the regions business’ rely on some type of technology be it a website, data analytics or perhaps robots to enable them to trade and be successful in their own right.
Therefore, it makes sense that Business South has a Digital Action group to represent this diverse, strong and growing sector. Especially with so much digital talent in our region still to be recruited and retained, it’s hardly surprising Business South is keen to promote this sector to a far wider audience.
Digital South Facts
- Digital economy supports over 150,000 direct jobs
- Digital economy generates approx 15% of the regions GVA
- Digital economy employees are likely to be tertiary educated and higher rate taxpayers
- Digital economy is well represented in our local universities with the worlds leading gaming centre at the University at Portsmouth; home of Open Data and Semantic Web at University of Southampton and award winning (Including Oscars!) at University of Bournemouth; the best graduate employment in tech jobs found at Solent University.
- Digital Economy includes large organisations as well as the latest start ups.
The map above is taken from a Digital Report written by the Hampshire County Economic Intelligence Team that shows just how diverse and strong the digital economy is in the region. To download report see link.
Join the #DigitalSouth action group discussion on twitter @DigitalSouthUK.
“The Digital economy in the South Central region is vibrant and growing. Our universities produce talented individuals, who come to work for organisations like IBM, or set up their own digital companies. As a major local employer in the digital sector, IBM supports the aims of Business South – especially around the retention of talented people – and welcome the opportunity to promote innovation happening on our doorstep.”
Robert Tickell, Industry Leader (Public Sector, Industrial & Communications), Europe, IBM Commercial
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Why become a champion?
Business South should be seen as an extra resource for your business to draw on in terms of circulating your business messaging, making important contacts and using our well established communication channels.
We aim to put businesses in the driving seat and to tell the story of a region that is the best place to do business that offers so much in terms of investment potential, innovation and growth - in short it is a great place to do business, to live and to learn, rest and relax.
We want to showcase the employers who are investing in their community and shout about the responsible business leaders who, for example, demonstrate a corporate conscience by engaging in the talent and skills agendas. By doing so, they support the work of Business South in Championing the economy – and boost the number of jobs and opportunities.