Tech is the champion

April 23, 2020


The North East has many advantages as a 21st-century business location: work-life balance, an international core city hub, the UK’s largest output of STEM grads from our universities and colleges, the UK’s best small airport, inspiring heritage…

But, our strongest ingredient is that people still value community.

We all know we need to work collectively to achieve success. Together, we are stronger. What gives Dynamo its energy is the support and guidance we get from people across the region in key organisations: business, education and the public sector. You can see the depth and breadth overleaf on our Advisory Board. They give many hours of their time. They know how important it is that we work to raise the profile of this booming sector, to attract and retain fresh talent. We all share pride in bringing prosperity to the region.

Huge thanks goes to all our supporters – and the teams within their network – for playing a part to steer Dynamo’s agenda. It is the ongoing continuity that helps us to provide input on the region’s agenda whatever the political backdrop: council, combined authority, Local Enterprise Partnership, Northern Powerhouse, Westminster, Britain post-Brexit, etc. Many Dynamo board members also sit on other steering groups and we endeavour to provide a ‘joined-up approach’ to the region’s tech economy.

Week-by-week, we are contacted by people moving to the region. Some are returning ‘boomerangs’, others excited by new opportunities. Watch this space for our ‘Landing Platform’ to help individuals maximise their potential.

Here, you will read how Dynamo focuses on a number of key ‘clusters’ that define the region’s economic strengths, including fintech, service delivery centres, digital construction, data and government technology. We also work to curate clusters with huge potential such as cyber security and digital entertainment. And, thanks to European Regional Development Fund support, we work across the region in partnership with Innovation SuperNetwork.

The North East region stretches from the Scottish Borders to Yorkshire, taking in both the North East LEP and Tees Valley LEP. The energy of the Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen has shown us how effective devolved mayors can be. He is interviewed here.

It’s increasingly important, with hundreds of new tech jobs announced each month in the region, to consider skills education but also diversity and inclusion. They are discussed in Hotspot with reference to Accenture and NHS BSA.

And, we celebrate success with our annual Dynamite Awards – as ever, it’s our region that’s champion!

Charlie Hoult, chair of Dynamo

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