Big digital jobs boost for Derry

Catherine Ross from 360 Productions addresses delegrates at the Online Marketing presentations at the opening of the CultureTECH Festival in Derry~Londonderry. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 29.8.12

Catherine Ross from 360 Productions addresses delegrates at the Online Marketing presentations at the opening of the CultureTECH Festival in Derry~Londonderry. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 29.8.12

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Derry is in line for a massive digital jobs boost after securing a link-up with the Tech City Investment Organisation in London, announced at CultureTECH in the Millennium Forum this morning.

The arrangement will effectively see Tech City twin with the local digital initiative, Digital Derry. It’s a move which could see several million pounds in investment in promising digital start-ups here over the next three years.

This morning’s announcement was made by the British Prime Minister’s Ambassador to Tech City, Ben Hammersley, who’s editor at large of the prestigious Wired magazine in the UK.

News of the link-up was first revealed on the front of today’s Derry Journal. Derry City Council chief executive Sharon O’Connor, who was at the Forum this morning, said she was delighted discussions with Tech City had got to this stage, and the prospects were very exciting.

The arrangement means that Tech City will actively encourage investors to look at opportunities in Derry. It’s expected there will be high profile events in both London and Derry, including an investment conference.

CultureTECH organiser and Derry’s first ‘Digital Champion’, Mark Nagurski, says the agreement will “help attract investment into the city’s burgeoning digital industries”.

“We have been working closely with both the Tech City Investment Organisation and the Economic Development team within the City of London Corporation towards a detailed programme of activities and engagements which play to both our strengths.

“With the support of both the Tech City Investment Organisation and the City of London Corporation we feel we can help establish 100 new digital companies in Derry over the coming few years.”

City of London Corporation’s Catherine McGuinness says the digital partnership builds on growing economic development relationship between Derry and the City of London.

“This agreement shows that London and Derry don’t simply have a 400-year-old common history but are also working together on an exciting shared future for jobs and long-term economic growth.”