At the centre of the buzzing innovation hub of North East England is South Tyneside's growing, vibrant digital and tech community.
Businesses based here are part of a fast paced tech community, supported by regional sector networks, our five universities - and each other.
There is a skilled workforce in the region, with the highest retention of university graduates studying computer science disciplines in the UK. There is certainly a reason (or ten!) to study and stay in North East England, as 77% of students attest to.
The ICT market in North East England is worth an astonishing £2 billion, with the software and IT cluster grew a huge 30%, second only to London, between 2013-2017. It is an exciting time to be part of the community here.
Businesses here have access to some of the most cutting edge tech in the VR and AR world, with the Immersive Lab based in the region in neighbouring Gateshead. Run by the Digital Catapult North East & Tees Valley, the Immersive Lab is a hub for innovation offering businesses the opportunity to explore the potential of VR and AR content and technology and how it can be used within their organisation
We're working with digital and tech businesses
Invest South Tyneside works closely with digital and tech businesses in South Tyneside, so we can understand their needs.
Our findings contribute to the regional digital strategy, to influence the business support and funding programmes for the sector.
As part of the region's strong community of networking groups and support organisations, businesses here have access to a regional programmes of events and sector specific support.
We compliment the regional activity with our own schedule of tech events and tailored workshops and master classes, held around South Tyneside.
It is our goal to work with digital companies in the local area, supporting them to develop technology solutions which help business improve, innovate, develop and change.
Affordable premises close to major cities
South Tyneside has a variety of affordable business premises, from small start-up offices to large floorplate work spaces.
Locating in South Tyneside, businesses have easy access to the nearby cities of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Sunderland and Durham without the city centre property costs.
New digital and tech businesses can take advantage of our soft landing offer; designed specifically for start-ups and businesses new to the borough. We will provide modern office space, assist in accessing funding and finance and ensure you are well connected to the region's digital and tech support networks.
South Tyneside has the best superfast broadband coverage across North East England - 98.6% of properties, with work ongoing to increase further. Our location continues to be one of the best connected places for your business.
Should your business require enhanced connectivity, businesses in South Tyneside can access a Gigabit Broadband Voucher which will provide a financial contribution to the installation of a gigabit capable connection.
Companies based here
Beyond Digital is a company that has invested in South Tyneside. Serving national clients including Greggs and Jaguar LandRover as well as local companies such as Port of Tyne, Beyond Digital offers innovative digital signage solutions for internal and customer facing services.
Nine Software develops bespoke digital solutions to create efficiencies on production lines, improve the experience for foreign nationals entering the UK and transform processes within the NHS, retail businesses, community organisations and many more sectors.
ITC Service Ltd
ITC Service is a dynamic IT service provider supporting businesses across the North East, and further afield, consistently delivering quality service to clients and taking pride in upskilling their workforce to enable organic growth.
Support for your business
In South Tyneside, your business can benefit from practical support from our dedicated team.
Get in touch for a chat about how we can support your business, whether you are thinking about relocating, looking to expand your business, or if you are just starting out.