What are the opportunities and challenges for digital tech founders in Bournemouth?

Kane Fulton, May 1, 2019 2 min read

What does Bournemouth have to offer ambitious digital tech entrepreneurs? We asked the following stakeholders and business leaders to find out. For granular data on Bournemouth’s digital tech ecosystem – including its companies (and founders), accelerators, and workspaces – see Data Commons.

Peter Tisdale, CEO of THIS Workspace, says:

THAT Group is a London-based company but Bournemouth has become the heart of our business. The town is home to a real creative and artistic energy which suits our way of collaborative working. The coastline, sandy beaches, innovative companies, a University town and a proactive Council are just some of the factors that we feel set Bournemouth apart and will continue to be attractive to people when deciding where to build their business.

Like all coastal towns, our location can prove a challenge with a limited catchment area and a relatively higher cost of living. It is vital that dynamic talent is retained and that requires many stakeholders in the town, our company included, to work together to find creative ways of encouraging companies and workforces to the area. Bournemouth should be on the relocation radar – it is a wonderful town with a real buzz and energy.

Nigel Winship, cofounder and CEO, People Matter, says:

People Matter is on a mission to eradicate workplace burn out. They combine cutting-edge behavioural science and AI, delivered through Okina – an engaging, private and personal wellness app – to enhance the human experience of work. First and foremost Bournemouth is an amazing place to live and work, fitting perfectly with our culture of work-life balance.  

There is also a diverse population in the town, access to strong technical skills and an amazing University on our doorstep. We are currently focussed on establishing People Matter in the emerging UK marketplace for mental health technology solutions. We are looking at US expansion at the end of next year as well as moves to into the B2C market.

Duncan Cook, CEO and founder, 3 Sided Cube, says:

3 Sided Cube believes that technology can be used for good. They help clients have a positive social impact using digital products (mobile apps, website, voice, IoT, wearables and other platforms).

Ever since the first Tech Nation report was published there has been a huge focus by all the digital businesses, the council, universities and incubators to push even further and that’s reflected in Bournemouth and Poole becoming one of the biggest digital hubs outside of London. The future looks promising with the universities producing high quality, ambitious talent pools, and experienced professionals are coming to the area for opportunities for a better work-life balance while making the most of the coastal culture.

We’ve worked hard to make our location a strength, and the nature of our digital means we are able to build relationships wherever people are based. From our Bournemouth studio, we work with organisations in over 200 countries including The International Federation of  The Red Cross and Red Crescent, Lush, Global Forest Watch, RSPB and more.

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