Entrepreneur Andy Preston has told of his determination to transform Middlesbrough into the UK’s “tech town” after carrying out an ambassadorial role for Teesside at a Buckingham Palace reception.
Preston, who runs several businesses and charities in Middlesbrough’s Boho Zone for digital start-ups, took up an invitation to be Teesside’s only representative at a Palace reception for the UK technology industry hosted by The Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh and the Duke of York.
Joining other influential technology figures from across the UK, including North Shields software firm Kykloud, he attended a meeting and networking event at the Palace, where he was formally introduced to the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh.
The Middlesbrough-born businessman has invested in several successful North East technology start-ups including Boho-based software developer Thap, 3D animation specialists Animmersion and SocialRel8, experts in customer service software solutions.
After the palace visit, he said: “I’m on a mission to make Middlesbrough into the UK’s tech town. That will mean lots more businesses, lots of jobs and lots more wealth. To make that happen is going to take good ideas, planning, money and some time but it’s very achievable.
“We are building on our existing strengths of the university and emerging digital sector together with the passion of local people to do great things.”