Posted on September 19, 2018 by staff

Silicon Canal figure joins Birmingham tech event line-up


A key figure at Silicon Canal is the latest confirmed speaker for our breakfast event on Birmingham’s tech sector.

Molly Thompson is community engagement officer at the not-for-profit organisation which supports and promotes individuals and companies in the local tech community.

Thompson joins heavyweights including Innovation Birmingham CEO Dr David Hardman MBE, Bruntwood’s head of Birmingham Rob Valentine, Cultiv8 Solutions and FeeLYX founder Joel Blake OBE and Jess Jeetly MBE, MD of petite fashion firm Jeetly.

BusinessCloud has joined forces with regional property company Bruntwood to organise the event which will take place on October 23rd at iCentrum building at Innovation Birmingham Campus.

The event – called ‘Could Birmingham’s tech sector rival London?’  – will discuss a range of issues including how sky-high property prices and rising staff costs in London are forcing many companies to look beyond London to cities like Birmingham.

Birmingham is already home to more than 3,000 tech firms and 41,500 digital tech jobs and is attracting more tech graduates from London than anywhere else in the UK.

With 18 universities located within an hour’s drive of Birmingham and the promise of a  49-minute train journey to London once HS2 becomes a reality, there’s no doubt Birmingham is a serious player in the world of digital.

Bruntwood’s acquisition of Innovation Birmingham reinforced the strength of a sector that also includes Silicon Canal and the famous Custard Factory, which all support the region’s digital tech ecosystem.

Also speaking are Sallie Allen, operations director at Enploy; Julian Dennard, fund principal of the senior management team at Mercia Technologies; Chris Meah, CEO, School of Code; and David Maidment, development lead, Voxpopme.

The breakfast event on October 23rd  runs from 8am-9.30am.