Blackpool entrepreneurs launch tech hub

A group of entrepreneurs born or raised in Blackpool have launched a new tech hub to encourage growth and innovation in the town.

Blackpool Tech Hub has been created by Peter Hargreaves, who has over 30 years in international business specialising in project management, foreign direct investment and disruptive innovation.

He has returned to Blackpool where he plans to use his passion for incubating high growth projects and building on their success to create a successful and sustainable tech cluster.

The hub will be open to any company, entrepreneur or professional in the tech sector and will be supported by Blackpool Pride of Place, a cross sector partnership working under the umbrella of Business in the Community with a vision to regenerate Blackpool.

The group will be chaired by Blackpool-born Carrie Longton, who is best known for launching Mumsnet, the online parenting network used by 100 million people each month.

Carrie said: "Mumsnet was a pioneer of peer to peer networks and support and that is still at the heart of why it works so well.

Blackpool has all the necessary resources to stimulate real growth.

"I look forward to using my Mumsnet experience to help other local innovators take their projects forward and put Blackpool back on the map as a technology hub."

Peter added: "This hub will bring like-mined people together with the vision to create an environment where a cluster of tech businesses can thrive and support each other. We’ve seen all over the world that these networks breed success and innovation and Blackpool has everything it needs to make it happen."

Tara McDaid, head of global channel sales Cisco Systems, BT account, said: "I’m very happy to see people and companies coming together to create a fertile ground for investment in Blackpool from the tech industry. The area has all the necessary resources to stimulate real growth in a sector that is continuously evolving."