Tech Nation Cluster Profile: Norwich

Avatar, February 20, 2015 2 min read

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.
A developing cluster, there is a growing startup scene in Norwich and East Yarmouth that draws upon the area’s existing creative sector. There have already been a whole host of successful technology startups emerging from the area, with Liftshare (400,000 users) recently launching their iOS application and Servicetick featured in the Deloitte Fast 50 in November.

It was also announced this week that Rainbird, a cloud-based artificial intelligence platform, will be one of 12 companies to pitch at Number 10 Downing Street at this month’s Pitch10 event.


Company success has been aided heavily by the great support network in the area, particularly bodies such as SyncNorwich (over 750 members), Norfolk Developers and Hot Source (meet-up group).

Digital employment in Norwich and Norfolk (collectively) has now reached more than 14,000, boosted by the establishment of Whitespace (Norwich co-working space), Proxama and the great supply of eligible digital workers supplied by the University of East Anglia and Norwich University of the Arts.

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Rainbird CEO, James Duez, credits the great supply of workers to the two universities: “Norwich has strong universities and produces talented people. There has been a realisation that there is enough of a quantum mass of bright people to stay here.”

Three local companies were profiled in the report:

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


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