01 Jun 2018

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Upcoming international cyber conference to showcase UK’s revolutionary cyber cluster in Worcestershire - where the future is now!

Upcoming international cyber conference to showcase UK’s revolutionary cyber cluster in Worcestershire - where the future is now!

Worcestershire attracts international attention with leading UK tech cluster ‘Cyber Valley'

Worcestershire’s reputation as the UK’s leading location for Cyber advantage is growing fast. The region’s expertise and opportunities for investors will be showcased at an upcoming international cyber conference ‘Infosec’ which is taking place in the first week of June in London. The county is attracting UK wide and international interest and forms part of a fast-growing tech centre known as ‘Cyber Valley’. This is a cluster of world class cyber firms centred around Malvern in Worcestershire and is near to Government Communication security services GCHQ and defence technology specialist QinetiQ.  The UK is home to the largest and most accessible security market in Europe and Worcestershire is at the forefront of the UK’s cyber security expertise.

Worcestershire’s growing reputation has also seen the county take the cyber lead for the Midland’s Engine. The Midlands Engine is a partnership of government agencies, Local enterprise partnerships, universities and businesses working with the UK government to build a regional identity to attract trade and investment opportunities to the region. Leading Midlands based cyber firms including Borwell, CyberOwl and DataSolver will have the opportunity to showcase their products and services at Infosec. Worcestershire will showcase the Midlands’s expertise, strategic location close to key industries and excellent transport links in the heart of a region which is seeing significant investment in infrastructure and is already home to 20% of the top 600 companies in the UK.

Last year Worcestershire further strengthened its international reputation in partnership with Marlyland in the USA, also home to a leading cyber cluster. A Memorandum of Understanding, which aims to create economic growth between to the two parties was signed by the Governor of Maryland Larry Hogan, and Sir John Peace, Chair of the Midlands Engine. This was a culmination of several delegations, collaborations and exchanges of expertise. More partnerships are expected as Worcestershire seeks to collaborate with other tech clusters around the world.

Mark Stansfield, Chair of Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership and 5G lead for Midlands Engine said “Worcestershire is attracting international attention, along with commercial and academic partnerships. Worcestershire’s cyber expertise, cost effectiveness and direct routes to industry, make us the most competitive game in town.

In addition, Worcestershire recently won a Government backed 5G Industry 4.0 test bed pilot. This next generation technology is set to revolutionise the way that future business will operate. The test bed will focus on commercial applications, innovative products and improving productivity, with leading companies such as QinetiQ, Huawei, O2, Worcester Bosch and Yamazki Bosch testing development in cybersecurity industry applications with £5M of investment.”

Worcestershire is welcoming opportunities for collaboration with innovative cyber companies and those interested in a new tech accelerator innovation hub, BETADEN, due to launch in Malvern, Worcestershire this September.

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Being part of Midlands Cyber has given us valuable connections within the Cyber community both in the UK and US, giving us valuable knowledge and connections to applications that we have utilised within our range of software products and services to our clients. It has also given us a platform to promote our business to the global stage.

Jennifer Long IceBlue

“Midlands Cyber is an ideal platform to collaborate with like-minded industry peers, share knowledge and raise awareness of our expertise within a network of regional businesses.”

Air-It

“Our location in the Midlands gives us reach to most of the UK in 2-3 hours by road/rail. This has allowed our business to remain and expand in one location, without having to establish satellite offices. The location also gives us easy access to Birmingham and Heathrow airports, which allows us to travel internationally to many global destinations.”

Borwell

“The Midlands is an important region for the majority of our target customer verticals that are relevant for us including Connected & Automated Vehicles, connected transport, Industry 4.0”   

CyberOwl

“Midlands Cyber has provided support to Data Solver as a start-up company; increasing our visibility and helping us to promote the solutions we offer. With the backing of Midlands Cyber, we will have the opportunity to network with other local exhibitors, whilst also making contact with potential new customers and partners visiting the team within the Midlands Cyber Engine Pavilion.” 

Data Solver

“Being part of Midlands Cyber is extremely advantageous. As a region the Midlands is ideally placed to become the main centre of excellence for UK businesses and Academia within the Cyber space.” 

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