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Sheffield City Council has joined Sheffield Digital in recognition of the increasing importance of the digital sector to economic growth, health and well-being in the region.
Set up two years ago and now has a growing membership of tech businesses and individuals who work in the sector, Sheffield Digital allows for closer engagement between authority and businesses, enabling the digital sector to share expertise.
According to the 2017 Tech Nation report, approximately 18,000 people are employed in digital roles in Sheffield, while the top 25 tech companies in Sheffield City Region alone employ more than 12,000 people and bring in more than £2 billion a year.
The new regional partnership will further advance manufacturing and engineering in the city, encouraging the already thriving talent pool to ‘grow its digital and creative capabilities’.
Olivia Blake, deputy leader of Sheffield City Council, said: “We know that digital and creative companies are increasingly choosing to be based here in Sheffield, where they can be surrounded by the expertise, knowledge and support they need to make their businesses grow.
“We also recognise the importance of the digital sector in generating jobs and growth for the city, but also in helping to work with the public sector to enable residents to thrive and make the most of digital opportunities. Working with Sheffield Digital will enable us to build a coalition for Sheffield that can take the digital sector in the city to the next level.”
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