Startup Life/News/ Silicon south coast: the UK’s growing coastal tech hubs Brighton and Bournemouth don’t usually receive attention for their tech, but they have amongst the highest ratio of tech startups relative to other new businesses By Kim Darrah 13 January 2020 \Startup Life How to keep the cofounder spark alive By Jing Ouyang 22 February 2023 Startup Life/News/ Silicon south coast: the UK’s growing coastal tech hubs Brighton and Bournemouth don’t usually receive attention for their tech, but they have amongst the highest ratio of tech startups relative to other new businesses By Kim Darrah 13 January 2020 Entrepreneurs located in the UK’s south coast cities of Bournemouth and Brighton are some of the most likely to be focusing on tech for their new business ventures, according to new data from UK think tank the Centre for Entrepreneurs. The data shines new light on the amount of tech activity taking place in certain cities outside of London that often get overlooked in conversations about the UK’s main tech hubs. The research shows that 681,704 new businesses were launched across the UK over the course of 2019, including everything from corner shops to utility firms. Out of this total, 45,000 were classified as “tech startups” — meaning they were identified as having a focus on tech. In absolute terms, London created by far the most tech startups, with 17,401 newly launched in 2019. But interestingly, cities including Brighton and Bournemouth stand out for having a strikingly high number of tech startups relative to other types of businesses. On average 6.6% of all new businesses launched in 2019 were classified as tech startups. But for the area covering Brighton and Hove, tech startups made up 15% of new businesses. Zara Ransley, cofounder of MyPocketSkill, a Brighton-based startup that connects young people to part-time jobs and teaches them about managing their finances, said that she was drawn to Brighton by the people and facilities. “We looked at a number of places but Brighton made sense for us. Partly it was because my cofounder was based there, but it also had a good combination of people and workspaces,” she told Sifted. “There are two universities so it is easier to [recruit] younger people. There are creative and techy types. And one can’t underestimate the importance of the beach. In London we would have to work a lot harder to to recruit people. Here the promise of a more relaxed vibe and a better lifestyle helps us,” she added. Ransley also said that it is becoming “noticeably easier” to receive grants outside of London. Her startup recently received a grant from Coast to Capital, a local funding organisation. Tech startups were most highly represented in Bournemouth, where 28% of all new businesses were tech-focused. Cambridge, which is well known as a hub for high-tech university spinouts, was also above average, with tech startups making up 12.5% of all new ventures. While London pulls in far more funding than these cities, just 8% of its new businesses are tech focussed. Related Articles Accelerators can be the spark to fire up local economic growth By Jonathan Bone Click here to read more “In five years there will be five tech hubs in Europe that matter, and Lausanne will be one of them” By Maija Palmer Click here to read more Armenia: how booming startups are reversing a population exodus By Chris Sisserian Click here to read more Most Read 1 \Healthtech Is Daniel Ek’s new body scanner worth the hype? Sifted tried it out 2 \Venture Capital VC diversity needs to change — and white men need to take responsibility 3 \Venture Capital New €3.75bn European Investment Fund pot to back late-stage VCs 4 \Sustainability Counteract closes £15m fund for carbon removal solutions 5 \Mobility Was the $5bn that VCs plugged into escooters worth it?