Bournemouth has, for many years, been seen as the slower paced alternative to London’s busy, rampant and stressful metropolitan life style.
One look at the town’s streets would give a clear indication that this is indeed the case: that however, assumes you’re looking in the right place.
Bournemouth has finally shirked its association with ice tea for that of ICT.”
Everybody Go Surfing…
The real hustle and bustle of Bournemouth is to be found on the web. The town’s digital dominance – alongside the rest of the south – has only grown over the years.
Thanks to the exceptional talent produced by the local University and the obvious incentives the seaside locale sports, it’s no surprise that Bournemouth houses 16 games companies in total.
The incentives don’t stop there though: according to Ukie game development in the UK has enjoyed £45.9m in tax relief pay-outs, with an estimated £45.4m being granted to 130 successful claimants in 2015/16.
This is good news for video games companies and the video games industry at large, especially when you consider the fact that 54.6% of the industry can be traced back to the South of England.
It would seem that Bournemouth has finally shirked its association with ice tea for that of ICT.
Growing One Bit at a Time
Of course the industry is still growing and there is room for that growth, but in a world inundated with digital only content creators, simply skimming the surface isn’t enough: diving into the web is crucial.
Daniel Pitt, Editor-In-Chief of Pressa2join, shares this sentiment:
“Currently we have close to 2000 subscribers on YouTube, an area we wish to focus more attention on and have over 3000 followers on both Twitter and Facebook… we’d like those numbers to grow and I’m sure in time, they will.”
He, like so many other web based creators, recognizes the digital landscapes increasing shift toward the reliance on social media. With digital store fronts and apps rising in prominence, for now riding the wave of success may seem viable to some, but for those like Daniel it simply isn’t enough.
- Interview with Pressa2join Editor-in-Chief, Daniel Pitt
- Visual Gallery showcasing Britain’s best loved games developers