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City named as high-tech job hub

July 3, 2014

Bath has been identified as a hub for the high-tech industries in a major new business report.

The paper, Industrial Revolutions: Capturing the Growth Potential, is designed to highlight the 31 most economically significant business "clusters" in the UK and calls for more action and targeted support to make sure these areas fulfil their potential.

It says that while some of these areas are well-known, such as the financial services in London and the car industry in the Midlands, others, including Bath, are emerging specialities which may have been ignored up until now.

Talking about the region of Bath, Bristol and Swindon, the report, commissioned by Lord Sainsbury, said: "A diverse combination of electronics manufacturers, animation and computer graphics firms, digital start-ups, R

Professor Joe McGeehan is chairman of inward investment agency Invest Bristol and Bath and special advisor to Toshiba.

He said it was well known locally that the cities were up-and- coming, but it was now also getting recognition across the UK and more widely.

He said: "It is this diversity of connected sectors, skilled workforce, world leading academic research and brilliant quality of life that make Bristol and Bath so distinctive and attractive.

"Industries ranging from high-tech to creative and digital media, and from robotics to aerospace, work collaboratively to drive innovation. "Major global players are increasingly setting up operations in the Bristol and Bath region as they seek to benefit from this offering as part of their plan for business growth."

The report calls for better support and incentives for universities to get involved with their local economies and for the Government to invest more in infrastructure projects.


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Source: Bath Chronicle (England)


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