Tech Nation focus: How Liverpool’s tech scene shapes up in 2017

27 Mar, 2017

The brand new Tech Nation Report 2017 details the growth of the tech and digital sector across the UK. In a series of articles, we’ll be highlighting what it says about individual cities across the North. Today I’m talking about Liverpool.

As well as the Baltic Triangle being rated the coolest place to live in the UK by The Times, there is a blossoming startup scene. There’s an average birth of 194 startups a year since 2011 and Liverpool is also 9th in the country for jobs growth, at 31%. If you want to find out more about Liverpool businesses, you can check our Liverpool Digital Business Directory.

The report also highlights two local startups; vTime – a VR social network, and LivingLens, who are one of our Northern Stars winners. Another Scouse Northern Star is SwapBots – a swappable augmented reality toy, who are currently raising money on Kickstarter.

Key numbers:

Key figures for Liverpool

  • Number of Digital Jobs: 23,407
  • Digital GVA: £359 million
  • Startup Births: 194
  • Average Digital Salary: 45,011
  • Digital Density: 0.2
  • Tech Sector Growth Potential: 79%

What local startups like about Liverpool

  • 83% like the overall quality of life
  • 79% like the tech sector growth potential
  • 70% like the cost of living

What local startups say is a challenge

  • 57% mentioned a lack of highly skilled workers
  • 50% noted limited opportunities to access finance
  • 36% highlighted a poor digital infrastructure

Read the full Tech Nation Report study of Liverpool. You can find the methodology here.


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