Liverpool tech startups out to prove there’s life outside of shoreditch _ business _ the guardian

In his new year’s message, the digital economy minister said the industry was expanding around the UK. Cheapest gas in texas “Digital fever has exploded from the cluster in east London, and has spread to every part of the country, making the UK truly a Tech Nation with more than 70% of digital businesses now based outside of the capital,” Ed Vaizey said.

Doubts about the government’s commitment to Tech North, the northern offshoot, were raised recently, when Claire Braithwaite, its passionate chief executive, resigned after less than a year in the job. Gas utility bill Herb Kim, the executive chairman who is filling in during the interim, promises that the commitment to spreading the digital economy outside London remains as strong as ever.

For all its efforts at regeneration, Liverpool remains an embodiment of the north-south divide in terms of pure economics statistics. Electricity usage The employment rate is 61.2% compared with an average in UK cities of 71%. Electricity transmission loss Output per person in terms of gross value added is £22,092, compared with £42,666 in London. Gas 2015 House prices in the north-west average £183,000 compared with £531,000 in the south-east.

With such disparities in wealth and income, some believe the government should be doing more to encourage digital firms in order to help bridge the gaping north-south divide. 3 gases that cause global warming The latest Centre for Cities study classifies 29 of 63 cities in the UK as having low-wage, high-welfare economies – including Liverpool.

The urban policy thinktank’s chief executive, Alexandra Jones, applauds the focus on the digital sector in northern cities such as Liverpool, but says education and training also need to be addressed if such initiatives are to contribute a real increase in long-term economic growth.

“Rather than artificially encouraging businesses to move – a policy that has historically had low success rates – the first priority should be addressing skills-gaps across the north,” she says. Electricity 1800s “Liverpool, for example, has one of the highest proportions of residents with no formal qualifications in the UK, and also has very low rates of GCSE attainment. Gas bubble in back Improving skills levels should be a central part of the government’s ’northern powerhouse’ initiative and should also be a key concern for local policymakers.”

Gaskell also thinks more could be done in terms of incentives. Electricity human body “The government is great at subsidising plant and machinery and other tangibles but in gaming we’re just talking about people,” he says.

Jonathan Holmes, founder of Milky Tea, a rival games maker based a few doors from Gaskell’s office in the Baltic Triangle, tried working in London a few years ago but has since returned.

The 37-year-old is positive about being back in his hometown. Gas up asheville “There’s a lot of games talent that is on the doorstep,” he says.‎ “People realise they can not be everything on their own … A gaseous mixture contains I have loaned a coder and in return I have given up one of my animators for a period.” Milky Tea’s latest game, Coffin Dodgers, has just launched.

Mike Humphrey is the design director of Starship. Gas vs diesel cars When the virtual reality social media company was set up by former Evolution founder Martin Kenwright in 2014 there was a great support network, he says. M gasbuddy “People lent us furniture, the [universities] lent us equipment. Electricity voltage in china It’s a really nice atmosphere.”

Facebook Twitter Pinterest Sri Perangur, a data scientist at Skyscanner. Q gas station cleveland ohio The Edinburgh-based travel firm recently achieved ‘unicorn’ status. Wd gaster theme Photograph: Murdo Macleod for the Guardian

Humphrey and the others say they have a good relationship with the local Studio School, where students are taught video game making and are often mentored by local entrepreneurs.

A tech sector with notable big names outside London has been a feature of the UK scene for many years. Electricity vocabulary words Sage, the FTSE 100 tech group, is based just outside Newcastle upon Tyne and, according to Tech Nation, 74% of technology companies are located outside the capital. Gas relief while pregnant Tech firms’ growth

Liverpool stands ahead of inner London in terms of the growth of newly formed digital companies, with a 119% rate compared with 92%. Gasbuddy app Bournemouth leads the country, with a growth rate of 212%, according to last year’s Tech Nation report.

Last month the Edinburgh-based travel website Skyscanner and the North Yorkshire-based Anaplan became the latest UK unicorns – privately owned tech companies valued at $1bn (£700m) or more – when they raised $192m and $90m respectively.

Suranga Chandratillake, a venture capital partner at Balderton, says: “There are extremely strong clusters outside London. Electricity symbols worksheet It is the right thing to promote these clusters.”

Balderton, whose past investments included Betfair and Bebo, has a stake in online retailer The Hut, based in the north-west and in the Exeter-based crowdfunding investment firm Crowdcube. Kansas gas service bill pay “There’s always going to be a natural gravitational pull towards London but that doesn’t mean there won’t be other clusters that might thrive. La gasolina daddy yankee mp3 As an investor you need to get out to see companies,” says Chandratillake.

Facebook Twitter Pinterest Old Street roundabout (or Silicon Roundabout) in London has a new upstart in Liverpool’s Baltic Triangle. Electricity around the world Photograph: Alamy

There is clearly an advantage in having lots of creative people based in a convivial low-cost region, with access to a decent sized talent pool. Electricity history in india But to grow, fledgling companies also need an ecosystem including lawyers, financiers and media coverage.

Holmes says that access to finance in Liverpool is tricky. Gasoline p “Instead of running to London I am going over to the US. Electricity merit badge worksheet It seems to be easier to access finance there. U gas hampton British investors tend to like tangible products,” he says. Electricity receiver definition “We need to put companies in the spotlight globally. Youtube gas laws We’re terrible at shouting about what we do.”

Not everybody, however, supports a policy of actively encouraging the spread of digital startups around the country. Electricity lab activities Nic Brisbourne, managing partner of London-based technology investor Forward Partners, argues that it makes more sense to focus on the capital.

“Too much wealth inequality is unequivocally a bad thing and we desperately need to revive the less prosperous regions in the UK, but conflating regional development policy and startup ecosystem policy is a mistake that puts both at risk,” he says.

“Startup ecosystems need a significant minimum scale to operate effectively and the London area ecosystem is now only approaching critical mass while other hubs are a long way off and unlikely to become sustainable in the short to medium term.”

There is also a word of warning from Stephen Nicol, a regional economics expert from Regeneris Consulting: “It’s simply not realistic to expect every city in the UK to develop a genuine internationally competitive location for digital industries.”

Games creators such as Milky Tea’s Holmes are not going to let any such scepticism stand in their way. Electricity and magnetism online games “I’m determined to make it work here,” he says.

When Cubbin talks of money being around in Liverpool he is speaking in the context of the rather modest £2m needed to fund his company’s next stage. Gas out game commercial If Liverpool and the Baltic Triangle is ever going to be taken seriously as a globally competitive tech cluster it might need to create a couple of unicorns.

“The key is to build resilience into the ecosystem,” says Starship’s chief operating officer, Clemens Wangerin, a veteran of the city’s tech scene since his days at Studio Liverpool. Electricity omd “It’s a question of time, money and resources but mainly time. 935 gas block One thing’s for sure, you need to be in the water to catch the wave.”

● This article was amended on Tuesday 9 February 2016. Current electricity definition physics It originally stated incorrectly that Tech Nation was the government-backed initiative to promote technology startups. Electricity 2015 This body is called Tech City UK, which is publishing a report entitled Tech Nation.