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The West of England has a thriving tech community and is at the heart of one of the strongest global high tech clusters with over 18,000 high tech jobs.

It is at the heart of one of the world’s strongest silicon design clusters across the South West that has over 700 high tech companies and has seen £4bn investment over the last decade. The combination of strengths in silicon design, particularly wireless and multicore, with microelectronics system design, embedded software and enterprise software and apps makes it uniquely placed to capitalise on global technology markets worth trillions of dollars.

The collaboration with other sectors such as aerospace, creative and low carbon technologies gives the region a key advantage in the development of new markets such as the ‘Internet of Things’, the smart city and the smart home, digital health and sustainable energy. It is also at the heart of developments for the future, with quantum computing providing a key platform for future development in all these sectors.

Parallels with Silicon Valley

Bristol and Bath region and the wider environment has a unique heritage that maps the evolution of Silicon Valley closely.

The development of technology in the Valley was originally based around aerospace companies such as Lockheed Martin and the NASA Ames Research Center in the 1950s that spurred the development of discrete electronics and silicon technologies from companies such as Fairchild Semiconductor (1957) in the 1960s and 1970s, leading directly to the integrated silicon produced by companies such as Intel (1968) and AMD (1969) in the 1970s. The processor development of the 1980s led to the boom in telecommunications equipment in the 1990s and then to the app and software development focus of 2000 and today.

The Bristol & Bath region is the only one in the world with the same pedigree.