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Tech

Croydon has been dubbed the Silicon Valley of South London thanks to its growing tech sector.

Croydon Tech City is an independent community-led tech movement and is London’s fastest-expanding tech cluster.

Founded four years, it is home to more than 1,000 digital, technical and creative start-ups. Minister for the cabinet office Matthew Hancock visited Croydon Tech City in early 2016 and described it as a “blueprint for the future”.

A variety of initiatives are supporting the growth of Croydon’s tech and enterprise culture. They include:

  • TMRW: a brand new £2m technology hub providing flexible and affordable office space and support to tech-savvy entrepreneurs and small businesses. It promises to be attractive to the capital’s most progressive technology businesses which are looking to scale up and grow fast in the emerging tech-capital of London. The newly opened scheme, in Davis House on the High Street, has 320 desk spaces, 21,000 sq ft of offices and a 200-capacity technology-enabled events space.
    Alongside these facilities are a host of in-house business support services including web development, hosting and cloud services, public relations advice, recruitment, online customer acquisition, legal services, and accounting.

  • Sussex Innovation (Croydon): founded in 1996, Sussex Innovation is a business incubation network owned by the University of Sussex, it is committed to supporting businesses with high growth potential and harnessing the economic potential of the extensive commercial, educational and research resources available in the South East.
    In 2015 it opened its first off-campus incubation hub in Croydon, occupying two floors of the iconic No 1 Croydon building, nearby to East Croydon station. It features office space for around 30 tenant companies, and aims to support more than 100 businesses in all, through a range of virtual office and network membership packages which can include subsidised mentoring, advice and support with strategy, finance and funding, sales and marketing, research, PR and communications and accounting. 

  • Start-Up Croydon: an initiative of Croydon Business Venture, Start-Up Croydon helps start-up businesses achieve their goals through training, mentoring and providing cost-effective, flexible offices. A registered charity, which has supported more than 10,000 entrepreneurs and small businesses over the past 30 years, The organisation recently started Launch Pad, a new hotdesking initiative based at Weatherill House Business Centre, which is designed to help budding entrepreneurs turn their ideas into a viable and fully functioning business. Tailor-made packages, where users can rent a desk for as little as a day a week, include superfast broadband, managed reception services, access to meeting rooms and a dedicated coffee area.