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High Tech

High Tech

Driving High Technology

The West of England is at the heart of a cluster of over 4000 high technology companies, universities and research institutes, making it one of the strongest in the world.

Key West of England facts

  • 16,400 jobs
  • 212% growth in productivity since 1998
  • 1 in 3 vehicles use a Bristol chip in their engine management
  • 800 companies across the South West create approximately 18,000 jobs, the majority based here
  • One of six UK Science Cities European
  • Leader in silicon design

Sector overview

The global expertise in the region extends across robotics, wireless technology, silicon chip design and sensors to embedded software. This provides a thriving ecosystem of start-ups, small and medium sized companies, consultancies and multinationals across healthcare, renewable energy, defence and aerospace as well as consumer and industrial electronics and IT.

The Bristol and Bath region is at the heart of the largest cluster of silicon designers outside the US (source: Future Horizons) and hosts one of only six Science Cities in the UK. Globally respected private and public research and development laboratories are driving the future of technology from nanotechnology for new materials to quantum processing and photonics.

The High Tech Sector Group includes representatives from small and large companies in both hardware and software, as well networks and support organisations with a wide range of knowledge and skills in the global high tech industry. The group works with the other sector groups in the LEP and is developing a variety of projects suggested by companies in the region including Special Interest Groups (SIG) and a Cluster Map.


Sector group information
For more information please contact Mike Bartley, High Tech Sector Group Chair.

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