UK innovation: putting Swindon on the map
By Paul Moorby
18 years ago I founded Chipside. Setting up our office in Swindon and building the company in Wiltshire has proven to be one of my best business decisions. In the last two decades I have seen Swindon establish a community of pioneering business owners and develop a supportive environment that truly represents the best of Great British innovation.
I was born in the North of England, but Swindon quickly became my adopted home. With a talented and skilled IT workforce in the region - driven by some fantastic educational establishments – it is a special place to be working in technology. Fortunately Chipside is not the only company to have seen this potential and a number of other innovative businesses have also invested and settled in the area. The Growth Hub is a great online community developed exclusively for these types of businesses in Swindon and Wiltshire, offering a wide range of impartial business support and advice, and providing valuable insights, access to events, specialist programmes and funding to help businesses like ours thrive.
Across the globe the military has established a reputation for being ahead of the curve for new technologies. Military funding has helped spearhead research in drone technology, digital cameras, medicines and GPS tracking. T>span >his is why Chipside is sponsoring Salisbury’s Armed Forces Weekend from 28-30 June.
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Business is now a fiercely competitive global market and companies need to continue to grow, adapt to innovate to hold their place. I have been fortunate enough to be invited to represent Great Britain at events across the globe - just last week I was in Taiwan to discuss UK innovation at the Smart City Expo in Taipei. Yet I am most proud of introducing Chipside’s innovation to the international arena and demonstrating the calibre of technology companies based in Swindon. With amazing people, businesses, and graduate talent - we have so much to shout about as a town. Now we all need to do everything we can to ensure the world knows our story!