21 Feb 2022

The techUK podcast - Local Digital Dialogues - Leeds


As part of techUK’s work to develop our Local Digital Capital Index a number of ‘digital dialogues’ took place with members, partners and stakeholders all across the UK. However, the publication of techUK’s LDC Index wasn’t the end of our work. We will also be looking to speak with regional leaders who are making a difference to develop the local tech ecosystems.

techUK members across the UK are engaging with their local tech ecosystems helping to create jobs, develop new innovative products and change the way business and public services operate. The strength of the UK’s tech sector cannot just rely on one region but on the diversity of companies, work, talent and tech that’s operating across the UK.

In this digital dialogue, we will be focused on Leeds. I’m joined by Stuart Clarke, Founder of Paceline and Festival Director of the Leeds Digital Festival. Sarah Pawson, MD and Founder of Fruition IT. Adam Hildreth, CEO of Crisp. And Eve Roodhouse, Chief Officer for Economy and Culture with Leeds City Council.

As part of this discussion, we cover a range of issues including the Leeds Digital Festival, the tech sectors resilience through the pandemic, the WILD’s racial diversity in digital report, levelling up and more.

Leeds Digital Festival has grown year on year and in 2021 for the first time, the Minister for Tech and the Digital Economy addressed the festival, a mark of the success and reach of the festival. techUK has and continues to support the Leeds Digital Festival and do look out for techUK events as part of the mini-festival 25 -27 April and 19 - 30 September. You can find you can find out more here.

For more information please contact: 

Matt Robinson

Matt Robinson

Head of Nations and Regions, techUK

Matt is techUK’s Head of Nations and Regions.

Matt is leading techUK’s work with members and stakeholders across the UK to increase the Local Digital Capital across the UK’s nation and regions, build communities and to ensure that digital technology plays a key part the post-COVID-19 levelling-up recovery.

Prior to joining techUK, Matt worked for several national education charities and membership bodies to develop their regional partnerships with schools, academy trusts, local authorities, and other stakeholders. He’s also worked with local authority leaders and other stakeholders to engage communities, work with elected members and improve public services.

He holds a BA in Politics from the University of York and an MA in International Relations from the University of Leeds. Away from work he’s a keen football fan and golfer.

If you’d like to find out more about our work in the nations and regions please get in touch with Matt:

[email protected]

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