Presentation on theme: "Tech City – the inside story Newham Chamber of Commerce, Friday 16 December Chris Orange, Gateway to London."— Presentation transcript:
Tech City – the inside story Newham Chamber of Commerce, Friday 16 December Chris Orange, Gateway to London
The inward investment agency for east London Public/private sector partnership, established 2002 Free and confidential business location advice: Promote east London for business Attract new investment Support existing businesses Make connections Gateway to London
4 November 2010 announcement – east London Tech City UKTI – Tech City Investment Organisation Gateway to London role Commitments from major corporates: Facebook, Intel, Cisco, etc May 2011 – TweetDeck acquired by Twitter for $40m May 2011 – Digital Shoreditch Festival Sept 2011 – Google Launchpad Nov 2011 – Entrepreneurs Festival A brief history - milestones
“a hub that stretches from Shoreditch to the Olympic Park...” Concentrated in EC2A/N1/E1, but... Work-space supply dwindling, rents rising Focus widening – east London, London-wide, rest of UK... Tech City – where is it?
June 2008 – “Silicon Roundabout” list – 15 tech businesses October 2009 – Wired list – 100 May 2011 – Digital Shoreditch – 550 November 2011 – Tech City Map – 819 Gateway to London – 350 “genuine digital tech businesses” However defined, remarkable growth in middle of recession Tech City – how big is it?
Entrepreneur Visa – high-potential businesses can come to UK with £50k funding, rather than £200k for standard Tier 1 visa Entrepreneurs Investment Scheme – income tax relief up from 20% to 30%; maximum up from £0.5m to £1.0m Life-time Capital Gains Tax relief – maximum 10% on first £10m on sale of assets (from 4/9ths of first £5m previously) Entrepreneur First – 2-year programme to help graduates start their own business, backed by Microsoft, McKinsey and others R&D Tax Credits – from April 2012, amount of tax relief claimable by tech SMEs against R&D spend to rise from 200% to 225% Tech City Launchpad – competition for 50% funding for innovative new projects; £1.8m awarded in first phase Mentorship programme – advice and support from leading entrepreneurs in Tech City area Tech City – incentives