The UK's Digital Economy is banking on a year-old government enterprise initiative in East London called Tech City that leverages the innovation of a grassroots high-tech start-up scene. But is a name enough to ensure a thriving and sustainable cluster? Already colloquially called "Silicon Roundabout", what are East London's enterprise strengths, and where does it need a boost?
Rent control, transport links, broadband access and good coffee: is East London ready for Tech City? What can we learn from other clusters of innovation around the UK that have come before? This debate looks at what government, investors and the people at the coalface believe is necessary to inspire innovation and to generate globally competitive enterprise.
The panelists for this discussion are Eric Pickles MP (Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government), Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino, Tara Solesbury (Digital Media & Creative Industries Consultant) and Peter Barron (Director of External Relations, EMEA, at Google).
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