Tech leaders have ‘gathered’ for the first Tech Leadership Forum for the South West of England.

Hosted by Tech South West, the online event saw leaders from tech companies, science parks, tech cluster and hubs, investors, local government leads, entrepreneurs and education ambassadors from across the South West take part.

Taking place quarterly, the forum is a chance to receive reports on relevant topics, hear updates and discuss key topics. Over time, the group will report back to the sector, wider business community, local and national government and other key stakeholders on progress, issues and the many positives that need highlighting across the sector.

Speakers at the first event included Richard Godfrey of Rocketmakers, Ben Shorrock of TechSPARK, Vince McConville of the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership, Ian McFadzen of Plymouth Science Park, Jake Ronay of Newable Ventures and Mike Blakely of Exeter College.

For the first event in the series, the conversation focussed on tech talent in the region, and how to build the dynamic and aligned talent pipeline for the sector to achieve its full potential.

The latest regional survey by Tech South West found that access to talent remains the top barrier to fulfilling growth potential, ahead of access to finance and economic conditions. A survey focusing specifically on the talent pipeline is now live – with tech companies being encouraged to take it: https://bit.ly/2MUuZ34

Dan Pritchard, co-founder of Tech South West, said: “Sharing of ideas and information at a leadership level can only be a good thing. Tech South West is keen to facilitate collaboration, connections and learning. We hope the forum will become a key contributor as the sector continues to grow and flourish.”

The next Tech Leadership Forum is in June.