Tech Nation Cluster Profile: Brighton

Case study, insights, Tech Nation Report 2016

TNAdmin, February 26, 2015

This article was originally posted on the Tech City UK website.

Following the recent launch of Tech Nation, we will be running a series of profile pieces on each of the digital clusters featured in the report.

Brighton & Hove has grown into one of the UK’s most successful digital technology clusters. The region has one of the highest concentrations of digital companies of any analysed and there is a strong sense of community with 84% of companies stating they feel part of a cluster.

This close-knit community ethos has fostered by a range of tech conferences and events in the area in recent times – Develop:Brighton, d-Construct and the Brighton Digital Festival, to name just a few.

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With a number of great co-working spaces like The Skiff (the largest co-working space south of London), support networks such as Wired Sussex and the Brighton Farm, it is no wonder there was a 91% increase in new digital companies incorporated in Brighton & Hove between 2010-13.

Brighton’s startup scene is home to some great examples of tech companies, such as Clearleft (UX consultancy), Spannerworks (acquired by iCrossing) and Brandwatch (analytics firm), who recently took over London-based PeerIndex for £10 million.

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Anna Lewis, CEO of Valobox, a pay as you go book reading service, comments, “As a digital company you can be based anywhere. Brighton is easy to get into London from, but you can also live and work centrally, and there’s a great network of companies to connect with.”

Three local companies were profiled in the report:

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To find out more information about Brighton’s digital cluster, download the Tech Nation reportview it online or visit our core project partner DueDil’s Online Interactive Guide on the area.