The digital sector is the fastest growing and one of the most dynamic parts of Newcastle’s economy. Sustaining this trajectory comes with many challenges, including securing the right skills, funding, property and business support – alongside product innovation and achieving the necessary sales.
Newcastle City Council, Gateshead Council and partners across the public and private sectors, are committed to doing all it can to help create the conditions to enable local businesses to be successful. To be able to do this, the councils wanted to understand the local digital tech sector in order to guide its future decision making around property, business support and skills.
We worked together to help coordinate the consultation process and to look into the types of issues companies are facing and their growth outlook. The research gathered the views of local business through online surveys, followed by telephone interviews and workshops.
This resulted in the document which has formed the backstop for all subsequent studies and plans in the region. The report can be viewed here: growing the digital tech sector. Jump to page 86 for a summary of the recommendations, which we feel will resonate today as much as it did when the report was concluded.