About Tech South West


We’re here to help support, connect and showcase the tech sector across the South West. If that’s you then do get involved. It’s free to join and there are lots of people, events and opportunities we can connect you with.

Tech South West is run by tech companies and clusters including Digital Plymouth, TechSPARK, Digital Northern Devon, Software Cornwall, Digital Taunton, Tech Exeter, Engine Shed and Silicon South.

Working with Tech Nation and other partners, we offer a platform for members, the region’s technology sector, education, government, businesses and other organisations keen to engage with the sector and support its growth.
We are the only member organisation dedicated to supporting and working with the whole of the technology sector across the South West of England.



Marine Tech

Climate Science


Sustainable Energy

From expertise in robotics and software development to artificial intelligence and VR, it’s no wonder that tech is the fastest growing part of the region’s economy.

Toby Parkins, chair of Tech South West, says:

“The South West is a global leader in areas critical to the future well being not just of the economy but the planet itself. We are at the forefront of research and development in climate science, marine technology, environmental science, healthtech, agri-tech and aeronautical engineering. Technology is fundamental to each of these, and their ability to innovate, find solutions and bring prosperity. Tech in the west is driving forwards at a relentless pace.”

Run by our super dynamic Steering Group, activity includes the annual Tech South West Awards, the Best Tech in the West Growth Programme, insight reports, surveys and spreading the word through our regular member emails about the hundreds of events run by the different tech clusters across the region. And there’s a lot – Bristol Technology Festival, Future Sync, Agile on the Beach, GAME>PLAY Festival and VentureFest to name but a few.

Tech clusters include

Silicon South

Cluster for Bournemouth and Dorset with diverse range of tech players; JP Morgan’s innovation centre, Siemens; fast-growth scaleups and startups; global leader and emerging brands Unicorn Training, Nourish Care, Habiplace, People Matter.

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Bristol & Bath Science Park

Scientific research hub with a sustainable focus. Supporting science and technology businesses to connect, develop and grow.

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Connecting, educating and strengthening digi-tech cluster; from Startups to Scaleups, SMEs to Global Corporations. Techie Brekkie, SWFounders, BathSPARK, SPARK School, Bristol & Bath Cyber meetups, Investment Activator Programme, SPARKIES awards. Jobs Board, SHIFT Programme, talent programme Bristol Calling.

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Engine Shed Bristol

Leading incubator, 80+ start ups, scaleup and University of Bristol spin out members; exceeding £58m revenue 2019; creating 240 new jobs across 27 sectors.

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Digital Plymouth

Specialisms include digital healthcare and marine tech; Marine Business Technology Centre, Smart Sound; Plymouth Science Park, University of Plymouth, UK’s first Marine National Park.

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Plymouth Science Park

South West’s largest science and tech hub, committed to the growth of the economy and talent network of the region. Working alongside University of Plymouth, Derriford Hospital and science and tech hubs across the region.

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Digital Taunton

Digital innovation and collaboration hub, rapidly expanding network, connecting and upskilling professionals in Taunton and across Somerset.

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Tech Exeter

Specialisms include data sciences, healthtech and climate science; Tech meetups, events, workshops, conferences, hackathons; festivals. Encouraging diversity and inclusivity, working with Institute of Technology SW, Exeter College and University of Exeter, EXiST network.

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Exeter Science Park

Incubation, support and grow-on space for innovative businesses specialising in STEMM. Committed to stimulating a knowledge-based economy delivering better jobs, higher productivity and economic growth.

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Software Cornwall

Fast growing tech cluster; Falmouth University Launchpad, Tech Nation 2020 Rising Stars winner Codices Interactive; talent pipeline work; Digital Transformation projects; Unlocking Potential; Cornwall Marine Network; Digital Tech Education Outreach Programme; Space tech.

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Falmouth Launchpad

Springboard for young software engineers, digital creatives and business developers to connect, collaborate, secure funding and gain training.

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Digital Northern Devon

Promoting and nurturing tech community including digital creatives, defence technology and advanced manufacturing. Supporting innovation, creating opportunities, forging collaborations and partnering with education through South West Institute of Technology, Cotie and more.

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Technology companies in the South West

Tech South West Growth Programme

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Photo Credit: Exeter Science Park

Photo Credit: Plymouth Science Park

Photo Credit: Bristol & Bath Science Park