This article was originally posted on the Tech North website.
Sheffield & Rotherham is the latest tech cluster in our Tech Nation 2016 series, with an impressive 45% turnover increase between 2010 and 2014.
Sheffield & Rotherham’s strengths are built on expertise in data management and analytics, and telecommunications and networking, with recently established specialisms in hardware, IoT, and e-commerce.
The cluster has an established support network, with organisations such as Dotforge delivering tech-for-good accelerators in Sheffield, Leeds and Manchester. Maker and hack culture is prominent in Sheffield with makerspaces such as The Roco and Access Space bringing digital technologies to a centuries-old heritage of craft and making.
The positive momentum in South Yorkshire’s largest cluster has been recognised by the UK Government. In the 2015 Budget it was one of three cities to share £11m in funding dedicated to building technology hubs. According to the Tech Nation 2016 report the tech cluster saw turnover increase by 45% between 2010 and 2014.
It has produced the digital makers Pimoroni and the SaaS product experts Receptive, both of which were finalists in last year’s Tech North Northern Stars competition.
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