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ScotlandIS Partners with ONE to Support North East Digital Cluster Growth

Ross Kelly

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Coding Initiative Aberdeen

The partnership aims to further develop the digital company base and ecosystem in the North East of Scotland, and provide additional resources for the region.

ScotlandIS has partnered with private sector economic development body, Opportunity North East (ONE).

The partnership is expected to further develop the digital company base and ecosystem in the North East of Scotland and provide additional resources for the region, helping to support cluster growth and increase the profile of the North East’s tech capabilities.

Digital is a core theme in the long-term economic vision for the regional economy, with a number of significant technology companies already established in the region – many of which primarily work within the energy sector.

Investment and action led by ONE in the sector include bespoke support and infrastructure, which has helped to cultivate a dynamic, high-growth tech company cluster and drive digital transformation in a number of key sectors.

ScotlandIS has a host of member organisations based in Aberdeen and the surrounding area, with firms specialising in areas ranging from software to data and IT services to cybersecurity.

Commenting on the announcement, ScotlandIS CEO Polly Purvis said: “We’re delighted to be working in partnership with ONE Digital & Entrepreneurship.

“Jen Scott’s appointment will enable us to provide additional support to tech companies in the region and working closely with the wider ONE team, help businesses across the North East exploit digital technologies to create new products and services and improve their productivity.”

A co-funded digital development manager position has been created as part of the collaboration between the organisations.

Jen Scott will assume the role on the 22nd of April. Scott joins from the University of Aberdeen, where she has served as the manager of the University’s Public Engagement and Research Team.

During her time in this position, she was tasked with engaging the public with the University’s research through a series of programmes, external grant awards and events.

The new role will be based at the ONE Tech Hub in Aberdeen, where a £1.5 million investment is creating a dedicated hub for digital and entrepreneurship activity in the region. The tech hub is led in partnership with CodeBase, which also has premises in Edinburgh and Stirling, along with Robert Gordon University.

Opening in May this year, the ONE Tech Hub will host a range of new activities and initiatives, including the ONE CodeBase and RGU’s startup accelerator.

Sir Ian Wood KT GBE, chair of ONE’s Digital & Entrepreneurship sector board, added: “Digital is one of the key transformational factors in our economy and ScotlandIS shares our regional ambition to make North East Scotland a dynamic environment for new and established tech businesses with high-growth potential.

“We are now co-investing to bring additional resource into the ecosystem to support company and cluster growth.”

Digital Energy 2019

ONE and ScotlandIS will be supporting organisations of DIGIT’s sixth annual Digital Energy summit, details of which can be found at: https://www.de19.co.uk/

Ross Kelly

Staff Writer

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