Tech Nation is a new report which claims to have surveyed the 21 UK digital production clusters outside London. Of such companies formed since 2008, 74 percent were found to be located outside London. Of companies formed since 2010…


Birmingham is deemed by the report to be an “early stage” cluster, but has apparently seen a 51% increase in new digital companies incorporated between 2010 and 2013. One suspects that the various city snapshots would change markedly if freelancers, partnerships and microbusiness were visible enough in the data to be included. Their presence is measured by a sort-of proxy, asking larger companies about their access to talent.

On the other hand the selection of data points by DueDil appears to have been sloppy. A quick look around the report’s map for Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire county shows their Companies House companies data to be hopelessly astray in giving an accurate on-the-ground picture of a place. DueDil have included the likes of erm… housing associations and sports retail shops? Don’t base your investment decisions or house moves on this report, without further investigation.