Nigel Dias, Director and Co-founder of Croydon Tech City was the guest speaker at a Croydon Chamber of Commerce lunch last month. Delegates heard how, in just four years, Croydon Tech City, a volunteer-led organisation, had been building a technology ecosystem in South London.
Tech City benefits local people and businesses and has grown into a community of over two thousand venture capitalists, developers and tech entrepreneurs. Its extraordinary success and impact on Croydon has been widely recognised including in a recent report by accountancy group UHY Hacker Young which stated that Croydon has the UK’s fastest growing economy as it increasingly becomes a leading business hub for technology companies. According to the Office of National Statistics, the borough has experienced a 38 per cent growth in tech, digital and creative start-up activity since 2012.
Interviewed by LCCI Chief Executive Colin Stanbridge, Dias spoke of his programme to help prepare Croydoners, particularly children, for the tech economy of the future by encouraging the take-up of computer programming and coding. He was keen to convey that Croydon Tech City wants to encourage business people to engage with the tech community. “There is business to be done with the tech community and we want to find ways to connect SMEs with tech companies. Potentially, someone in Croydon can build your product. Croydon Tech City is very open to ideas and suggestions from SMEs – that is how we work”.