Silicon Gorge

Silicon Gorge is a region in South West England in which several high-tech and research companies are based, specifically the triangle of Bristol, Swindon and Gloucester.[1] It is ranked fifth of such areas in Europe,[2] and is named after the Avon Gorge.

Cities

Bath

Bath is home to a number of high-tech companies ranging from fabless semiconductor designers to eCommerce retailers. Many companies have been started by ex-employees of companies such as Future Publishing and IPL, two long standing employers in the area.

Microelectronic companies in Bath

Ventures

Bristol

Bristol is part of the Silicon Gorge, along with Gloucester and Swindon[4] and hosts a number of high-tech and creative industries including research group HP Labs and animation studio Aardman Animations. The cluster of high-tech electronics industries began when Fairchild Semiconductor located a design office in Bristol in 1972.[5] Bristol also has the strongest digital media supply chain in England, outside London[6] and has been pinpointed as a "hot spring" for innovation on the McKinsey/World Economic Forum innovation map.[7]

Microelectronic companies in Bristol

Tech companies in Bristol

Business incubators

Support organisations

Networks

  • Bristol Media

Ventures

Other cities

Cities sometimes associated with the region:

Academic Institutions

See also

References

  1. Konstadakopulos, Dimitrios (2004). Learning for Innovation in the Global Knowledge Economy. Intellect Books. p. 33. ISBN 978-1-84150-085-0.
  2. "'Silicon Gorge' Is Centre Of Knowledge". University of the West of England. 2002-01-30. Retrieved 2007-10-14.
  3. "Picochip". Retrieved 12 July 2011.
  4. Konstadakopulos, Dimitrios (2004). Learning for Innovation in the Global Knowledge Economy. Intellect Books. p. 33. ISBN 978-1-84150-085-0.
  5. Marston, Louise; Shanmugalingam, Shantha; Westlake, Stian. "Chips with everything. Lessons for effective government support for clusters from the South West semiconductor industry" (PDF). Nesta. Retrieved 11 July 2011.
  6. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-10. Retrieved 2011-07-12.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. Andonian, Andre; Loos, Christoph; Pires, Luiz. "What Matters: Building an innovation nation". Archived from the original on 14 July 2011. Retrieved 11 July 2011.
  8. "Business Incubation - Business Acceleration". Retrieved 14 July 2011.
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  10. "Bristol father of two is Hollywood movie website entrepeneur [sic]". This is Bristol. Retrieved 12 July 2011.
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