Job creation on the agenda at Go Digital Newcastle event

Business leaders met today to discuss job creation in the technology sector at a Go Digital Newcastle event

The Mansion House in Jesmond
The Mansion House in Jesmond

Business leaders met today to discuss job creation in the technology sector at a Go Digital Newcastle event.

The breakfast meeting at Mansion House, Jesmond saw organisations from BT to Leighton Group announce plans for growth in 2014.

Telecommunications company BT announced it was looking to fill 50 apprenticeship and graduate vacancies, while the Leighton Group said it had plans to expand and recruit in the coming year.

Newcastle City Council Leader Nick Forbes said: “The digital industry in Newcastle is really thriving and we have an opportunity to be known as a digital hub within the UK and across the world. Our reputation is growing because of the number of innovative businesses we have here, attracted by a great quality of life, relatively low cost base, and a highly skilled workforce.”

Ross Smith, director of policy at the North East Chamber of Commerce (NECC) attended the briefing and tweeted: “Inspirational talk by @PMCallaghan at  #newwwcastle event - next 10yrs will be as innovative as anything we've seen & it can happen here.”

The event, organised by Newcastle City Council to talk to businesses about its plans to become one of the UK’s first super-connected cities in a scheme that will boost the city’s economy by a predicted £150m.

Among businesses in attendance at the event was Microsoft, Virgin Media Business, Orange Bus and BE Group.

Go Digital Newcastle, a government scheme delivered by Newcastle City Council, will see 97 per cent of Newcastle given access to superfast fibre broadband by 2015, free Wi-Fi in Newcastle City Centre, a cloud computing centre, business connection vouchers and a business support programme.

The official launch of Go Digital Newcastle
The official launch of Go Digital Newcastle
 

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