WIRED has recently identified Basingstoke as a tech hub that will thrive after the pandemic. The town has been labelled as ‘in a position to be one of 2021’s big tech hub winners’.
What WIRED said about Basingstoke:
“With total deals worth £425 million between 2015 and 2018, Tech Nation named this Hampshire-based town the fourth-best place for tech investment in the UK last year. With rail journeys starting at 43 minutes into London Waterloo, this commuter town location is in a prime position to be one of 2021’s big tech hub winners” Read more ….
This is no surprise as Basingstoke provides the kind of vibrant “Tech Scene” that is a prerequisite for technology businesses, so let’s take a look at what it has to offer:
Having great office space at reasonable cost and with great communication links is essential for technology businesses. The redevelopment of Basing View provides exactly that. Providing close proximity to Basingstoke’s Festival Place retail centre and its railway station, which provides express services to London Waterloo. Established by Enterprise M3 as an Enterprise Zone it offers grade A office space and is fast becoming a vibrant centre for high tech companies.
Business Incubation and Acceleration
It’s vital for early-stage companies that they have access to high quality business support and mentoring to help them successfully grow. Root21, a hi-tech business accelerator, has been based in Basing View for the last 18 months. Supporting more than 70 companies that have gone to raise more than £25 Million in venture capital, Root21 is building a start-up ecosystem in the town that means it’s a great place to start a business.
Getting entrepreneurs off to a great start is really important and Entrepreneur Training programmes can do just that. Over the last few years Basingstoke has run multiple training programmes for entrepreneurs with more than 200 start-up businesses attending, it’s a programme that has brought many entrepreneurs into the town.
If you want to build a community, you have to have networking events where people from different businesses can meet and engage. Basingstoke has developed active hi-tech networking events such as the Google Developers Group and 5G technology group, Talk5G. They play a big role in expanding the town’s technology ecosystems and communities that are a big factor in bringing technology businesses into the town.
Hack weekends are a great way to generate ideas for new businesses and build potential teams to exploit them. Basingstoke is active in this area too, having run hacks around the Internet of Things (IoT) and community support projects. Some the delegates have gone on to turn their work into businesses and have subsequently joined the incubation and acceleration programs run by Root21.
Spreading the word about all the great things that are happening in Basingstoke is the job of Tech Juice, Basingstoke’s on-line, hi-tech newspaper. Tech Juice covers all the technology business developments in the town and has regular articles covering subjects from 5G, VR/AR, gaming, software development and market trends. All written by columnists that are active in Basingstoke’s hi-tech community. It’s the place to go to find out what’s happening in the local technology community.
As you can see Basingstoke has a lot to offer hi-tech companies, probably more than most people know so, it’s great that this has been recognised by WIRED as one of the places to be.