Tech and Digital

Our city is the centre of one of the fastest growing tech clusters in the UK.

We’re home to FTSE 100 company Sage PLC, Ubisoft’s largest UK Games Studio and a new BBC Tech Hub. We have the highest proportion of STEM and computing students in the country as well as the UK’s National Innovation Centre for Data. Our strengths lie across gaming, e-commerce, software development, data analytics and immersive technologies. Tech networks like Dynamo North East and Digital Union are accelerating the development of these clusters, including our games cluster – the fourth largest in the UK and worth £85.8 million.

Our £2 billion industry in the region employs over 20,000 people in more than 3,500 businesses. We’re future proofing this vibrant sector with initiatives from the North East Futures UTC, which teaches specialist digital tech curriculum to 14-19 year olds, to The Centre for Doctoral Training in Cloud Computing for Big Data PhD facility.

Accenture, Epic Games, HMRC, RedHat, DWP, Sumo Games, Atom Bank, Tombola, Opencast Software, ZeroLight, Mkodo, Monstarlab, Thoughtworks, BJSS, Xplor, Version 1, SoPost, Arctic Wolf and Credera all operate in the Newcastle city region.

Our fintech cluster has also been recognised as an emerging cluster in the 2021 Kalifa Review due to our significant proportion of high growth fintechs, including Bottlepay, Singletrack and Kani Payments.