It is great to see these statistics pulled together by Nick Wyatt at RSM. The growth in tech start-ups in the North West outstrips that in any other region in the UK, which is truly excellent news.

There has been a growing amount of focus and private sector support for media and tech sector businesses in the North West. This support has also partnered well with public and quasi public bodies such as Tech Nation, who we support in relation to their Tech Nations Angels project. We recently helped to found the Liverpool City Region Angels Network, with MSIF and Grant Thornton, where our last meeting, with five tech businesses presenting to our angels, was partnered with Tech Nation. We have also been working with the Natwest Entrepreneur Accelerator, another excellent project with its regional base in Manchester. 

It is so important to build the whole ecosystem in the North West to support tech businesses from start-up, through proving concept and generating revenues to taking them through various funding rounds as they scale up. Without that ecosystem here in this region those businesses will head to other UK regions or to other countries for assistance, skilled employees or funding just at the time when their value to the North West is becoming most significant. 

Our Media and Tech sector group at Brabners will continue to play a key role in helping to build and participate fully in the region's media and tech ecosystem.