Digital Lancaster launches
More than 80 people attended the launch of a new digital-oriented scheme for Lancaster.
The Storey building in Lancaster played host to attendees from local digital business owners, Lancaster University, leaders in business, representatives from the City and Councils, Tech North and the city’s MP, Cat Smith.
The event was designed to showcase how digital industries operate in the city and how they could have a lasting impact on the future of Lancaster.
Speakers at the event included Lancaster City Council’s chief executive Susan Parsonage, Digital Lancashire’s managing director, Stewart Townsend and Mark Keating from the Digital Lancaster steering committee.
Michael Gibson, chairman of Digital Lancashire and managing director of Lancaster company, Miralis Data, also led a panel discussion on the issues raised at the event.
Luke Massie, chief executive of Vibe Tickets; Mike Ashworth, technical director from NuBlue; John French, managing director of Fat Media ; Andrew Leeming from Lancashire County Council and the Business Growth Hub; and Cat Smith, MP for Lancaster and Fleetwood also took part in the panel discussion.
Mr Gibson, said: “Most local people and decision-makers won’t be aware of the hundreds of people employed in the digital sector in the centre of Lancaster alone.
“Last night though the owners of nearly 50 companies, predominantly young dynamic entrepreneurs, came together to begin a process of influencing change in Lancaster’s infrastructure, culture, business support, collaborative workspaces and skills base to help create one of the leading digital centres in the UK.
“It was a really exciting moment.”
Rob Ellis, director at digital and creative agency Single Malt, added: “It was an incredible gathering.
“The agency sector alone brings in millions of pounds of income from outside the area into Lancaster.
“We work with the likes of Channel 4 and Manchester Airport Group, and other household names and big brands come to the city to work with the talent here.
“It is great to shine a light on the great businesses in the city.”
Jake Cocker, director of construction software specialist OnDemand Projects, said: “Those who know about Lancaster’s digital community perhaps know one of the major agencies, yet there are a host of software and ecommerce companies filling office space in Lancaster and growing quickly, such as ourselves, Accessplanit, Citybase Apartments, Cloud Commerce Pro, Reality Insight, Gaist and many others.
“This is a great time to be setting up and growing a digital company in Lancaster.”