The day has finally arrived….Accelerate Places Nottingham is now officially open for business!
Yesterday evening I had the pleasure of attending the launch event of Accelerate Places Nottingham. Almost 12 months to the day since Nottingham entrepreneur, Blenheim Chalcot Partner and Co-Founder of TDX Group, Mark Onyett, publically announced his ambitious plans for a multi-million pounddevelopment to put Nottingham firmly on the tech map – the moment had at last arrived!
Throughout this time I have been eagerly telling all the potential digital technology & fintech inward investors I have been working with about this great new asset that was about to imminently arrive in the city. I have followed Accelerate’s progress closely and was fortunate enough to be shown around on a couple of occasions mid-development by Commander-in-Chief, Mark Sanders. Having seen the exciting images released of the Hive area, it was great to finally see it in real life – and it doesn’t disappoint.
From Google to Accelerate Places
The star attraction of the evening was to hear from the impressive Dan Cobley, former MD of Google UK and now heading up Blenheim Chalcot’s fintech group. There are two things that Mr Cobley said that particularly resonated with me:
Firstly, “The pace of life today is faster than it’s ever been, but be safe in the knowledge that this is the slowest pace you will experience it in your lifetime due to the rate of technological change” (Cue nervous sweat…)
Secondly, and most importantly “The existence of a facility like this demonstrates that the key factors for tech success – great people, great ideas, the right environment and the right support – are all present in Nottingham. You can build good businesses and enjoy great quality of life here and that’s a story we need to tell further afield.”
I couldn’t have said it better myself. Nottingham has exactly the right ecosystem for digital tech & fintech businesses to thrive. This why the city is host to so many great success stories outlined in my previous blog ‘The BIG Opportunity in Nottingham: Fintech and Big Data Analytics’.
London, Nottingham, the World
“What we’re doing with Accelerate Places Nottingham builds on success we have achieved in the tech community in London, so this is a development which places Nottingham on a par with the capital. This is a great badge for the city to have.” Mark Sanders, CEO, Accelerate Places Nottingham
Nottingham is the city of choice for Accelerate Places as their first destination outside of London ahead of Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds or any other city in the UK. This is a huge vote of confidence in the city and goes to show exactly why digital tech & fintech businesses in London must look to Nottingham as the place to locate their second offices to complement their operations in the Capital.
Phase 1 Complete. Now for Phase 2
It’s always nice to finish a blog with some exciting news. Yesterday’s launch was used by Accelerate Places Nottingham as the perfect opportunity to announce plans to significantly expand their operations. Demand for space is already so high that they are expanding into a neighbouring building meaning we will shortly be seeing even more of the next-generation of bold, digital tech & fintech businesses in Nottingham.
All in all, a most successful evening. Now, let’s follow the advice of Dan Cobley and get the message out there: Nottingham’s digital tech revolution has begun!