UK by cluster
While London and Manchester, as well as Edinburgh and Cambridge, are the unsurprising strong performers in the latest UK Tech Innovation Index, Reading and Liverpool are powering along in Internet of Things, while Leeds is doing pretty well in healthcare.
The research, conducted by the Open Data Institute and the Digital Catapult, demonstrates how innovation is closely aligned with local industries in many places, particularly in smaller cities. Aberdeen, with its strong offshore history, and Coventry and Birmingham with their car industries, are today very strong in manufacturing innovation.
"This research confirms and subverts wideheld views on the UK tech industry,” says Dr Jeremy Silver, CEO at the Digital Catapult. “While London continues to be a heavyweight player on the global tech stage – innovation is by no means confined to the capital. We’re seeing high potential clusters of innovation across the UK, linked to opportunities identified within the tech sector or aligned to universities or dominant regional industries.”
On the healthcare side, Cambridge Medical Robotics, which is developing what it claims is the world’s smallest surgical robot, has just announced that it has more than doubled in size in the past 10 months, hiring its 100th employee six months ahead of schedule.
The company’s Versius surgical system was inspired by the human arm and boast a robotic wrist to give it what CMR says is ‘the ability and dexterity of a surgeon with the benefits of robotics’.
Image: Cambridge Medical Robotics