The annual series is designed to showcase the diversity of digital tech activity across the UK. The report celebrates both the successes of UK tech, as well as exploring what makes them so successful.
Exeter features as a key cluster for digital tech industries in this year’s report and Milkalyser is showcased as an innovative company within the local area.
Our Founder and CEO, Toby Mottram, was asked to explain what made Exeter such a great place to develop our technology. Toby highlighted the world class science and technology facilities nearby, as well as the south west’s thriving dairy industry. All of this is complemented by the beautiful location which provides our team with an excellent quality of life.
Milkalyser is in good company, with the tech industry within Exeter booming. The number of jobs with the digital tech industry has increased 47% from 2014 to 2017, and this looks set to increase further with the launch of new partnerships and projects. Exeter is a thriving hub of technology with digital tech businesses turning over a total of £271 million in 2017.
However, as well as identifying the key strengths of the city, the challenges facing tech start-ups in Exeter was also examined.
It’s important to note that one of the challenges identified was the limited infrastructure. Agricultural technologies, such as Milkalyser, rely on a stable and reliable internet connection, something which is often hard to come by in rural communities.
This really highlights the importance of the rural 5G program which we are collaborators in. Not only does poor internet connectivity hinder the everyday life of rural communities, it could also be stunting innovation and preventing tech developments in the region. However, the trial of 5G with rural technologies such as Milkalyser, will ensure the improvement of digital infrastructure within Exeter and beyond.
Tech Nation 2018 demonstrates how both Milkalyser and Exeter are at the forefront of digital tech developments in the UK. Read the Tech Nation 2018 report for Exeter here.