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High-tech industries ‘unaffected’ by deepening north-south divide

London and the Southeast accounted for half of all the jobs advertised in the UK in June but according to a leading IT entrepreneur the north-south divide favours the north in the high-tech industries.

“Work in High Tech industries is not as concentrated on London as in other sectors. High rents can force new companies out of the capital and more and more IT companies of all sizes have been migrating to the North West where Manchester is rapidly developing itself as the UK’s high-tech hub,” said Scott Fletcher chairman and founder of cloud infrastructure specialists ANS Group plc.

Last week’s reported 0.6% increase in gross domestic product has improved hopes for the UK’s employment market but there are fears that new jobs are being created disproportionately in the south east.

“The biggest increase in new jobs have been developed in the manufacturing sector and they do seem to be concentrated in the south east which makes it more important than ever high-tech industries continue to gravitate to the north west,” said Mr Fletcher – whose ANS Group is ranked the 14th fastest-growing company in the UK.

The BBC has moved a major part of their operations from London to ‘New Broadcasting House’ within the MediaCityUK complex at Salford Quays where they will shortly be joined by ITV’s Granada Division.

Manchester is already home to many globally trading companies such as PZ Cussons, The Co-operative Group, Umbro and the Peel Group (key developers of MediaCityUK). Multi-nationals like Kelloggs, Adidas and Siemens also have UK headquarters in the city.

“Such a density of global companies fosters a burgeoning digital sector and the North West boasts the second-largest ‘digital cluster’ in Europe and is probably the fastest growing industry sector in the UK,” said Mr Fletcher.

Scott Fletcher believes that working in close proximity with top-tier partners like Cisco and NetApp – who are both based in the area – has been responsible for ANS Group’s development of the next-generation of cloud based IT solutions.

“These advances in technology mean that we can build stateless, fluid IT infrastructures that can deliver far greater computing power for a reduced spend. All businesses seek to reduce costs and maximise productivity and the cloud can deliver for them,” said Mr Fletcher.

“It is the commitment to excellence that has attracted an already-huge amount of investments into the exciting new projects going on in Manchester,” he said.

Scott Fletcher is one the country’s leading entrepreneurs, heading up companies with a total valuation in excess of £100m. Scott founded what is now his largest business, ANS Group, from his back bedroom in 1996 at the young age of 22.

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