12 Jun 2019

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A select group of leading cyber businesses and organisations from the Midlands and Maryland USA met yesterday evening (5 June) to build on cyber trade and investment opportunities in their respective regions.

In June 2017 Sir John Peace, Chair of the Midlands Engine and Larry Hogan, Governor of Maryland signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on behalf of Midlands Engine Cyber and the state of Maryland Department of Commerce which was led by Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).  

This MOU recognised the Midlands’ regional excellence and international reputation for cyber security. This history began in the 1940s when Winston Churchill selected Malvern in Worcestershire as a safe place away from the London bombings to test radar technology to support our WW2 efforts. This led to the establishment of the Telecommunications Research Establishment (TRE) from which the global security and technology company, QinetiQ, grew.  

Worcestershire is a hotbed of cyber talent and is now home to 20% of the UK’s top cyber companies. The area is known nationally as ‘Cyber Valley’, due to this cluster and proximity to GCHQ, QinetiQ and the Special Services in Hereford. 

Equally, Maryland has a similar cluster due to its proximity to the National Security Agency (NSA) and Department of Defence headquarters. This shared expertise provided the platform for what has been to date a very successful MOU, spearheaded by Worcestershire LEP on behalf of the Midlands Engine, promoting both trade and investment opportunities.

Stuart Emmerson, Director of Investment and Partnerships at Worcestershire LEP, said: “Our partnership between Midlands Cyber, which is a network of cyber firms across the Midlands and Maryland intends to shine a light on cyber expertise and to boost trade and investment opportunities. The Midlands is one of the most lucrative and accessible cyber markets in Europe attracting the brightest and best to the region and we are continuing to build our business profile across the world.”

For more information on the Memorandum of Understanding and progress being made within the Midlands’ cyber businesses, visit the Worcestershire LEP website, www.wlep.co.uk


For more information about Midlands Cyber and the Memorandum of Understanding with Maryland, contact Stuart Emmerson by emailing stuart.emmerson@wlep.co.uk or phoning 07568 078 059

For more information about Midlands Engine visit: https://www.midlandsengine.org/ 

For more information about Worcestershire LEP visit: https://www.wlep.co.uk/ 


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“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.”

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“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.” 

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