In recent years, Rochdale has begun to see an evolution of business growth, transport infrastructure and commercial and residential developments. However, key to all of these improvements is the borough’s increasing digital expansion. Throughout the last 12 months alone we’ve seen technology companies relocating to and expanding within the region, and the growing plans to transform Greater Manchester into a digital region to rival that of London are extensive and exciting.
Let’s take a look at some of the most recent digital news that’s swept the region.
Digital companies relocating
The allure of Rochdale as a place to do business wasn’t missed by Made by Factory. This digital marketing agency – named as one of the 30 top growth digital agencies in the UK – recently completed a move from Manchester City Centre to Rochdale.
Made by Factory delivers high quality digital solutions from web and back office systems and recently hired their new Director straight from Google to assist with the company’s growth. For us this really highlights the digital opportunities in the region – if Google Directors see our borough’s untapped digital potential, it’s only a matter of time before more growth-driven businesses see the same.
And on a side note, the team have said that Rochdale’s fantastic transport links leave them well positioned to serve their clients across the North West. The perks of being in the borough!
Digital companies growing
Rochdale-based WCCTV – a tech company that develops CCTV and body worn cameras – is expanding this year after securing some major new contracts worth over £3m!
Operating within our borough, this digital business has recently bagged some incredible contracts with a number of major retailers after developing the world’s first 4G body camera with live transmission. Innovation starts in Rochdale.
This tech is being bought and exported the world over, and has secured a series of global industry accolades whilst helping fuel further investment into WCCTV’s Rochdale base.
As well as this, a £20 million initiative designed to embed advanced digital technology across the North West’s manufacturing sector to boost productivity has recently been launched. This initiative will see companies benefitting from new technologies that will make them smarter, more agile and better equipped to cater to their clients’ needs.
Read more about this initiative programme here.
Greater Manchester’s digital growth plans
With almost 8,000 digital and digital-intense creative businesses in Greater Manchester – employing more than 82,300 people and generating £4.1bn of economic growth annually – Greater Manchester is already home to the largest technology cluster outside of the Capital.
Andy Burnham has set out a Greater Manchester Strategy that focuses specifically on our region’s digital growth – with a clear ambition to be a world-leading digital city region.
It states: “Greater Manchester’s (GM) workforce needs to be equipped with the range of skills required for future ways of working. The quality of GM’s digital skills, assets and reputation will determine its future ability to create, attract and retain wealth and talent and strengthen our communities.” For these reasons, boroughs across GM will begin to see more money being funnelled into improving their digital offering.
To read more about the strategy, click here.