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Regional spotlight: How the Midlands became home to the UK’s fastest-growing tech hub

Midlands tech

During the 18th century Midlands innovators working with steam and iron were at the heart of the Industrial Revolution. Today, the region is forging a new breed of pioneers who are putting technology at the heart of high-growth businesses.

Split into the West Midlands and East Midlands, the region spans a combined 28,627 square kilometres. Within this sprawling space founders and entrepreneurs are rapidly making the Midlands one of the UK’s top tech hubs.

According to a 2021 government report, the West Midlands is the UK’s fastest-growing tech sector due to the high number of tech roles and large volumes of venture capital funding raised by startups.

Tech growth in the region grew by an average of 7.6% a year between 2014 and 2019, the fastest in the UK....