Tech Nation body to support cluster Strategy The Government has announced plans to create a new national network of regional tech hubs in areas across the country, including Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh and Birmingham. Tech City UK and Tech North are to become a national organisation, Tech Nation, to speed up the growth of the UK’s digital companies and clusters, helping spread further the benefits of technology. Successful companies which have benefited from Tech City UK’s work include Just Eat, Zoopla and Funding Circle. Building on the organisation’s work helping to turn London’s Silicon Roundabout into a globally recognised tech hub, the funding will see the new Tech Nation work alongside existing tech partners and business organisations to accelerate the expansion already underway by rolling out its tech-hub model. Tech City UK will give more than 40,000 people the opportunity to develop the skills needed to start or grow a digital business and will offer support for up to 4,000 UK tech businesses through targeted growth programmes. Minister for Digital, Matt Hancock, said: "This regional network will accelerate the growth of the digital tech sector, cement the pipeline of talent and spark the next generation of innovative firms to seize the future opportunities of digitisation - bringing jobs, skills and higher productivity to our regions." Eleven regional hubs will form the backbone of a national digital network and help the Government achieve aims outlined in its Industrial and Digital Strategies. The funding will also help entrepreneurs in emerging tech sectors, such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Fintech, by connecting them to peers and potential investors in other hubs across the country and by offering tailored development programmes. More than 1.4 million people work in the UK’s digital tech sector and jobs are being created at twice the rate of other sectors in the economy. Average advertised salaries are £50,000, 30 per cent higher than the national average. The sector has a turnover of more than £118 billion and in the first half of 2017 there was a record £5.6 billion investment in tech in the UK. Successful Tech North programmes such as Founders Network and Northern Stars will be extended nationally, and existing national programmes such as Future Fifty and Upscale will be strengthened. The first set of clusters to form Tech Nation will be located in: Midlands - Birmingham Scotland - Edinburgh and Glasgow Northern Ireland - Belfast Wales - Cardiff Greater London - London ENDS Read full announcement.