The nation’s tech sector is worth an estimated £8.5bn to the Welsh economy and it continues to grow. Over 40,000 people are actively employed within the Digital Economy in Wales with main hubs focused around Cardiff and Newport in the south, Swansea in the west and Wrexham in the north.
Our thriving cyber ecosystem with its growing supply chain combined with our entrepreneurial universities provides a firm foundation for Cyber companies to thrive. A vibrant innovation community allows start-ups, investors and large corporations to meet and share ideas. Where the market goes, the supporting technology industry follows. Wales is home to over 3,000 homegrown and multinational technology operations, including some of the biggest tech companies, for instance BT, Thales, Qinetiq, Airbus Defence & Space and General Dynamics.
Cyber Security Clusters
Informal networking groups of companies & organisations working in cyber who support the UK National Cyber Security Strategy and Welsh Government’s stated aim to be a hub for cyber expertise by meeting to share ideas, encourage collaboration to find new ways to grow.
Learning & Research
Academia in Wales lead the way in cyber education with initiatives like the National Cyber Security Academy (degrees without lectures from University of South Wales!) and the Airbus Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Analytics (Airbus & Cardiff University partnership).
The Welsh Government, the devolved Government for Wales, has a stated aim to become a hub for cyber security in the UK and a number of Departments run initiatives to encourage cyber security businesses to stimulate growth, both locally and through export.